Top 5 Winter Travel Destinations in Europe

Winter is a magical time to travel, there are smaller queues in the tourist attractions and usually, hotels are a lot cheaper.

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Winter is one of my favourite times of year for a quick getaway and with Ryanair and other low budget airlines bringing us closer than ever to what Europe has to offer, it’s the perfect time to sit in a cafe and take in the wintry but wonderful atmosphere.

Winter has so many different faces across Europe, sunshine and blue skies in Southern Spain and long, dark nights with deep snow. They’re all beautiful in their own way.

Winter is a magical time to travel, there are smaller queues in the tourist attractions and usually, hotels are a lot cheaper. Make sure you wrap up warm though!

1. Finland

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I would love to visit Finland during the winter. Who hasn’t thought about Lapland in the winter? Visiting Santa Claus with the piles and piles of snow whilst a reindeer or a husky pulls you along in a sledge. That is Christmas.

Finland doesn’t stop for the “dark and dreary” weather, instead, they embrace it. Finnish Saunas, snowboarding, skiing. There would be so much to do.

2. Switzerland

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Switzerland has always been somewhere that I’ve wanted to visit. You can get down to business and do some serious, or not so serious in my case, skiing. But, even if you aren’t into snow sports, there’s still so much to do.

Vibrant Zurich would be beautiful during the winter months with the intricate architecture and the bursts of colour. Add a blanket of snow and it’s the perfect winter photo.

3. Germany


If you’re not thinking about German Christmas Markets then it’s time to start. Just seeing a photo of Germany in the snow makes me want to book a flight and go. The food, the mulled wine, the enchanted wintry forests and let me tell you, the photos of Neuschwanstein Castle in the snow are nothing short of breathtaking.

Germany does Christmas right. As long as I got a German Market and Neuschwanstein Castle in the snow, I’d be very happy.

4. Copenhagen

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Home of the little mermaid. Home of Christmas. Copenhagen is a bustling Christmas city where the magic comes to life.

There are Christmas markets and quality restaurants as well as Danish Christmas delicacies. I could see myself spending a couple of nights eating my way around the Christmas markets, taking a river cruise and enjoying the snow in Copenhagen.

5. Venice

diary of a spanglish girl in venice

When we went to Venice in the winter it was absolutely beautiful. Of course, it was made better because we got engaged, but the city was really magical.

There aren’t hardly any crowds and Piazza San Marco was so quiet and peaceful. They also had a lovely Christmas market and a huge Christmas tree. The weather is much colder than summer and it’s so peaceful just sitting out watching the Gondolas. I’d recommend booking yourself on one to truly embrace the captivating magic that Venice emits, you can only see it all from those intercrossing canals.

Are you off on your travels this winter?

Hasta luego,




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My 2019 Travel Bucket List

Are you already thinking about your 2019 holidays? I’m sharing with you my 2019 Travel Bucket List.

¿Pensando ya en las vacaciones de 2019?

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This post was sponsored by Holiday Gems. 

Are you already thinking about your 2019 holidays? I know I definitely am. That’s why today I’m sharing with you my 2019 Travel Bucket List. It’s never too early to start planning for your next holiday.

Does anybody else book a holiday and then suddenly they’re already thinking about their next? I once read that you are some form of a “travelholic” if you book holidays whilst you’re on holiday. I’m certainly guilty of that one.

I’m already deciding where my must-see places of 2019 are.

I’ve ranked My Top 5 bucket list locations of 2019 and I’ll be very interested to see where you’re off to on holiday next. If you’re heading out to Spain in 2019, be sure to let me know!

1. Orlando, Florida

Minnie Mouse on the Float at DisneyWorld

At the very top of my 2019 Bucket List is definitely Orlando, Florida. I’m craving to head back to The Sunshine State and get that Mickey Mouse Magic back into my life. It’s been a long time since we last went to Florida and Alex has never been, which is why I’m making it my mission to head back to the states and soak up the magic in 2019.

2. Miami, Florida

I mean, have you seen Miami? The exotic cars, the high rise buildings, the stretches of white beaches. Having been to Florida a few times, the city of Miami is one that we’ve never been to. It’s only a short drive from Orlando, so I’d love to tick off Miami and spend a couple of nights in the gorgeous Metropolitan city.

3. New York, New York


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So good that they named it twice, right? If you’ve ever listened to me rambling on, you’ll know exactly how much I want to go to New York. I don’t think there’s a post gone by where I haven’t referred to my desire to head to The Big Apple. I’d love to go to New York during the Christmas period of 2019 or the summer when we have a lot of time off. It’s near the very top of my bucket list, so I’d love to be able to tick that off and see the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. I’d have to book to ice-skate at Rockefeller Center and see a Broadway show too. *checks bank account and sighs deeply.*

4. Prague, Czechia

Prague in Czechia is somewhere that I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. I think it would be fantastic to head out to Prague for the weekend in winter and soak up the Christmas atmosphere in 2019. They have a wide range of Christmassy activities, not to mention the christmas markets.  I’m hoping we can make it work to get there for a weekend this year!

5. Edinburgh, Scotland

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I’ve spoken about Edinburgh a lot in recent times and why it steadily creeps into my bucket list locations. I’m hoping that in 2019 we can sneak a weekend away to the Scottish, hilly capital and explore the best of the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. We’d make sure to spend some time at the Edinburgh castle and see the spectacular views that it so famously boasts. Alex has often said how much he’d enjoy heading to Edinburgh for Hogmanay, however, I would be more than happy going for a short weekend break in Autumn.

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6. Lanzarote, Spain

Lanzarote is actually somewhere that I’d completely forgotten about until I read a little more about Lanzarote on We have covered so much of Spain, especially during recent weeks, but we have neglected the Canary Islands. I have been to Tenerife quite a few times, but Lanzarote is somewhere that I’ve never been to. Being so close to Africa, it has that perfect all-around summer. Once an active volcanic island, I can imagine that it makes for an idyllic beach holiday with some spectacular landscape. I think Lanzarote would be a perfect 2019 winter getaway. It seems like it would be a more achievable destination after seeing some of the deals on Holiday Gems.

7. London, England

I absolutely love visiting the capital of England. Filled with plenty of places to go, gorgeous sites to see and heaps of history. I love spending time by the Thames admiring the view and then shopping until I drop on Oxford Street!

8. Venice, Italy

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The city of love and where we got engaged is absolutely perfect to spend a few days away. You can relax on a gondola in the morning, take a stroll with a gelato in the afternoon around San Marco Square and have copious amounts of pasta and wine by the evening, perfect!

9. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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If you haven’t been to Amsterdam yet, make sure you do! With the super affordable flights across Europe, it makes visiting the Dutch capital very easy. It’s a beautifully relaxed city with an open mind and a friendly attitude. It would also be suitable for solo travellers.

10. Anaheim, California

If I could head back to Anaheim this year, I would. The beautiful state of California has so much to do and I would suggest spending a month seeing it all if you can. San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles all have so much variety and so many things to do. I loved being in Anaheim in California, purely because Disney is magical. Not to mention, the food there is outstanding!

What’s on your 2019 bucket list?

Hasta luego,


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Your Guide to the points of interest in Seville, Spain

This guide should put you in the right direction of some of the most ‘must-see’ places in Seville, including monuments and points of interest.

Have I mentioned that I love Seville before? I suppose I have. Seville is a beautiful city adorned with breathtaking sights, picturesque walks and busting with flowers. Find out a little bit about the points of interest in my Seville tourist guide.

Seville is always a city I’ll want to return to. There aren’t many cities that I could revisit over and over and love it just as much as the first time. It’s a city that, even though we’ve been before, there was still so much we hadn’t seen before, and still so many more places to visit.

This guide should put you in the right direction of some of the most ‘must-see’ places in Seville, including monuments and points of interest.

We arrived to Seville at 11:30 A.M to the Plaza de Armas bus station. This station is located very close to the city centre and you are welcomed with views of the river as you arrive.

The first thing we did was head straight for something to eat. We weren’t really sure what we fancied, so making use of the Starbucks on every corner we decided to head there. The Starbucks overlooks the cathedral, so we did sit outside, so that it at least felt Spanish. Seville feels very American. It’s almost like America and Spain collided to bring us the sheer beauty that is Seville. My two favourite places coming together? No wonder I love it here so much.

After a brief breakfast, we headed straight out exploring. We didn’t get a chance to head up the Giralda, so I haven’t included that, but, if you do go to Seville, it’s worth booking ahead and getting your tickets. It’s a very steep climb, but I’m told it’s ramps and not stairs! Don’t take my word for that though! 

We did manage to spend a lot of time at Maria Luisa Park, which definitely remains my favourite spot in Seville and plenty of other monuments and points of interest. Are you ready to explore Seville with me?

The Cathedral


The resting place of Christopher Colombus, Seville’s cathedral, is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Does this surprise you as much as it surprised me? It is also recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Taking over a century to construct, starting in 1401 and not finishing until 1506, it is obvious that time was taken to reach perfection. It is magnificent.

We entered the cathedral really early, unable to take part in the full tour, we were able to nip in and catch a glimpse of the free part of the entrance.

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

Another favourite spot of mine in Seville is the Royal Alcázar, or the Real Alcázar. The Real Alcázar is the royal palace which was specifically built for the King of Castile.

The Royal Alcázar of Seville is one of the most important monuments in the city and the country. Historial growth is evident hidden behind the high walls and lush gardens. Influences can be found from the Arabic period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque and the XIX period.


Game of Thrones fans will recognise the Alcazar as it was used for scenes in Season Five, in episodes 2, 6, 7 and 9. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, why not head to the Alcazar and step onto the film set?


I absolutely adore the Alcazar, which is why you should add it to your ‘must see’ in Seville list. It’s a beautiful place for relaxing and wandering around. You can go at your own pace and it just feels perfect to sit on the benches and take it all in.

The gardens are stunning and an oasis to keep cool in the sweltering heat. Andalusian houses typically feature a large, lush garden for this reason! So, if you’re feeling the heat, head to an Andalusian style casa and relax in the gardens. There is no time limit at the Alcazar so spend as long as you like relaxing.


Entrance for adults is 9€, for students and pensioners entrance is a meer 2€ and for under 16’s it’s only 1€. Trust me, it’ll be the best few euros you’ll spend. Queues are astonishing, so book your tickets online. We booked our tickets sat in Starbucks for the same day, showing our scannable e-ticket.


Torre del Oro


We didn’t head into the Torre del Oro, Tower of Gold, this time. We felt it was more of a once you’ve done it, you’ve done it place. Though, the views of the river are fantastic from above.

The Torre del Oro is a purpose built military watchtower in Seville overlooking the Guadalquivir river. It was built back in the 13th century and served as a prison during the Middle Ages. Climbing the seemingly never ending steps, you’ll find out more and more about the history of Seville and its watchtower.


The Parasol


The Parasol. Love it or hate it. What do you think? When we came to Seville last time, I point blank refused to go up. I hated it. I hated the look. It just doesn’t fit. I must say, this wooden thing still doesn’t do it for me. But, it does give you great, panoramic views of Seville.


The six parasols form a giant mushroom, known as ‘las setas’. Located in the old quarter of Seville, it was only completed in 2011. The Parasol causes a lot of controversy amongst the locals, and I can see why. It has supposedly been inspired by the Cathedral of Seville, but I don’t see it myself!


The Parasol was really hard to find, or maybe we were being daft, but if you’re struggling like we were, here’s how to get there! Take the stairs or the escalator down to underground level (Level 0) heading toward the Antiquarium, which is where the Roman ruines are displayed. There, you’ll find a ticket desk! You then take the elevator up to level 3.

On level 3, there is also a restaurant where you can enjoy the views. The Parasol circles around the city so you really do get a 360 view. The appearance might not be great, but the views are.


Plaza de España

We’ve all heard of Plaza de España, right? Probably, the most iconic spot in Seville. If you’re wondering if it’s as beautiful as it is in photos, then let me clear that up for you. It is.

Although we’d visited before, it still had that wow factor like the very first time. Plaza de Espana is like that second home. The place you never really consider home, but it feels like home. Maybe it’s because it holds a piece of every corner of Spain.

Girl standing in plaza de España Seville

Found inside Maria Luisa Park, the square of Spain was constructed in 1929. The complex is a massive semi-circle with bridges, twin buildings and plenty of government buildings. There is also a gorgeous fountain and quiant moat, where you can hire paddle boats for 6€ for 35 minutes with a 4€ deposit.

At plaza de España in Seville

Is the deposit a scam? Some people were concerned that the paddle boats are setting out to scam you. They aren’t. Although your ticket is printed with a time on, this doesn’t count into your 35 minutes. Once you arrive in the boat, the worker will write your return time. This is 35 minutes after you get in, not 35 minutes after you join the queue. We arrived 2 or 3 minutes late back, but still recieved our deposit.

On the boats at plaza de España Seville

In Plaza de España there are also tiled alcoves which each represent a different province of Spain. They’re sorted alphabetically. Be sure to seek out your favourite province!

Walking around plaza de España Spain

You may recognise Plaza de España from the Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones film. It was also featured in The Dictator. If you’re a Simply Red fan, it’s also the location for “Something Got Me Started”.

You can expect to see street stalls, paddle boats, flamenco shows and mini performances. Be very aware as pickpockets are rife around this area. There are also scams of men pretending to need bread and women asking for help. Be very vigilant.

Flamenco clapping at Seville plaza de España

The Bullring

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The Maestranza is the famous bullring located in Seville. During Feria de Abril, it is the home to one of the most well-known bullfighting festivals. I didn’t want to visit the bullring for this reason. I wouldn’t think watching a bullfight would be entertaining and neither did I want to fund it.

Although, we could appreciate the building from the outside.

If you do wish to visit the famous bullring and one of the city’s most recognisable buildings, prices are 8€ for adults, 5€ for students, 3€ for children 7-11 years and free for children aged between 0-6 as long as accompanied by a paying adult.

At the bullring door Seville Spain

Palacio de las Dueñas

Palacio de las dueñas Seville Spain

This hidden gem was somewhere that we weren’t sure whether to go to or not! But, I’m so glad we did.

This beautiful palace was built in the 15th century and is another wonderful example of the collision of the Renaissance, the Gothic and the Moorish. Around the gardens, you’ll find tales of the life of poet Antonio Machado, who was lucky enough to be born there.

It’s a fantastic spot and a welcomed quiet paradise away from the bustling city. Considering we went in the height of the day, we had the entire palace and the gardens to ourselves.

Walking around palacio de las dueñas Seville

The palace consists of courtyards, museum rooms and stunning buildings.

This is one of the most expensive sites in Seville, but it’s worth it. A general ticket is 10€ or a reduced fee (children, disables, students and over 65’s) is 8€.

I loved sitting out in the courtyards just enjoying the breeze and taking in the Andalusian sun. Like the Alcazar, there isn’t a time restraint, so spend as long as you like wandering around the gardens enjoying a breath of fresh air.

Sitting at palacio de las dueñas Seville Spain travel guide

I absolutely loved Palacio de las Dueñas. It was a little on the expensive side if you’re not a student, which we aren’t anymore! However, it is worth a visit. It was the height of summer and nobody was around. It was truly blissful to escape the madness of the city centre and just take some time to breathe and relax in its lush gardens. There is no time limit so take it easy to really appreciate it.

Which tourist attraction would you like to visit in Seville?

Hasta luego,


My Ultimate Travel Bucket List

This is going to be the ultimate list. A place where we can keep track of what we want to do, but also see what we have already done.

Ultimate Travel Bucket List

“El mundo necesita ser descubierto”

If you’ve stumbled across my little spot on the internet, that must mean you’re interested in My Ultimate Travel Bucket List, go us!

That must mean you’re also into travel and experiences, which means you’ve come to the right place!

The world needs to be discovered. I like to travel. I like to see new places. Experience new things. There is something liberating about boarding a plane and not knowing what you’re going to find. There are always those little quirks. It’s always so exciting knowing that you’re going to discover something new. 

But, I also love to know that we’re going to finally see something we’ve been waiting so long to see. I like to plan. I like to write lists. I like to have something to look forward to. When we book a trip, I list all of the things that we would like to see whilst we’re there. A simple Google Search of what we’d like to see saves us so much time. But this is going to be the ultimate list. The big experiences. A place where we can keep track of what we want to do, but also see what we have already done.

You’re going to have to stick with me on this, it’s going to get pretty longI’m hoping that in our lifetime – all of these things get ticked off – or near enough all.

*Checks pockets and finds a hair bobble and 10 cents*

My Ultimate Travel Bucket List

New York

I’ve put New York at the very top of my Travel Bucket List for so many reasons. It’s that American City that I’ve been desperate to visit for quite some time. I’d love to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve in New York, see the Statue of Liberty, watch a Broadway show, skate at Rockefeller Center, see Times Square and live out my Rachel Green dreams. Yes, that does mean finding a coffee to shop to hang out at and take a walk through Central Park with my other half.


I have this obsession with wanting to go to Scandinavia. I’m not talking about just heading over to Tromso for a couple of nights or a quick visit to Iceland. I’m talking Scandinavia. The whole lot. Ok, maybe not quite the whole lot. But, I’d love to spend some time in Scandinavia, maybe driving through. Whilst I’m there, I’d love to spend a night in an Igloo, soak in the hot springs of Reykjavik, relax in a real Finnish sauna and of course, see the Northern Lights. 


I couldn’t have my Ultimate Travel Bucket List without incorporating Disney, could I? I absolutely love the whole euphoria of Disney. The fireworks, the atmosphere, the whole experience is one you never forget, no matter how many times you go. So, along with dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the Castle, having Mickey Waffles, having a character breakfast, I also want to visit every Disney Park in the World. Also, on my bucket list, is to go on a Disney Cruise. 


My favourite animals. The huge gentle giants. Near the top of my bucket list is the chance to see elephants in the wild. I would also love to wash and bathe an elephant, preferably a baby one!


The whole idea of Venice is completely different to anywhere you can ever imagine in Europe. Fewer cars, canals after canals, amazing Italian food. It ticks all of my boxes. In Venice, we had an amazing time riding a gondola along the Grand Canal, taking a boat to San Giorgio, seeing Piazzo San Marco, Doge’s Palace, San Marco’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge. 


girl learning forward admiring view of colosseum in rome

Remember in Lizzie McGuire movie where she tosses a coin into the Trevi Fountain? Well, that’s at the very top of my to-do list in Rome, throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish. I would also love to see the Colosseum. I would also love to walk to Vatican City, send a postcard from Vatican City and enter the Sistine Chapel.


For being so close to England, I’ve never ventured into Scotland. I’d love to explore Edinburgh and Glasgow. But, at the top of my Scotland experience bucket list is visiting the Fairy Pools in the Isle of Skye.


There are so many beautiful things I’d love to do should I visit Asia. I’d love to walk the Great Wall of China, eat in the underwater restaurant in the Maldives, relax in a rooftop pool in Singapore and Snorkel in the Flores.


America is so vast, yet I want to see it all. I really want to visit all 50 states. Amongst all of the amazing things to do in America, I’d love to drive down Route 66, snorkel in Hawaii, fly in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, see the Niagra Falls, visit the John Hancock building in Chicago, see the Space Needle of Seattle and Visit Mount Rushmore. I’m also desperate to try an in-and-out burger. I have already ridden a cable car in San Francisco, visited Alcatraz, seen the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood sign and visited the San Diego Zoo.


Canada always looks so gorgeous from the views of Toronto to the stunning Banff National Park. I would love to try pancakes and maple syrup in Canada, kayak at Banff National Park and visit Jasper National Park.


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There are a few things in Paris that I’m still yet to see. I’ve already been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the top of Tour Montparnasse, seen the parade on New Year’s Day along the Champs-Élysées and had macarons in Ladurée. The next visit to Paris, I’d love to have an afternoon tea in Ladurée and see the Mona Lisa.


Lady Pilar of Zaragoza

I have seen and done so much in Spain it’s hardly believable that I’m still able to incorporate Spain to my Travel Bucket List. Yet, here I am! We’ve already seen the Sagrada Familia, visited Park Guell, entered the Royal Palace of Madrid, seen Mount Teide in Tenerife, visited the Pink Waters of Torrevieja, seen Lady Pilar in Zaragoza, visited La Concha beach in San Sebastian, seen the water show of Montjuic, been inside the Mezquita in Cordoba, entered the Alcazar de Sevilla, seen the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao and visited Pamplona, that’s without listing it all! The only things remaining on my Spain Experience Bucket List is to:

  •  Go inside The Alhambra.
  • Go inside the Oceanographic Museum of Valencia.
  • See the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
  • Visit Safari Aitana.
  • Road Trip around Galicia. 


I love most things about Italy, having already covered Rome and Venice. But, there’s so many other beautiful spots and things to do in Italy that I would love to do. I definitely want to take a road trip around Italy. I feel like this would be the best way to see all of the different things. It’s such a great way to see so many sights. In Italy, I need to make sure I:

  • Visit Cinque Terre.
  • Road Trip around Italy.
  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • See the ruins of Pompeii.
  • Enter the Florence Cathedral.
  • See Lake Garda and Lake Como.
  • Visit the Amalfi Coast.
  • Go to Bari.
  • Take a boat trip to Sicily.

Other interesting experiences

Some of the things just belong in an ‘other‘ purely because I could write for days and days about all of the wonderful experiences, which is kind of what I do, but let’s not get carried away and put it all in one post now, shall we. So, other interesting experiences on my bucket list are:

  • Swim the largest pool in the world.
  • Go on Safari in Zambia.
  • Celebrate Dia de Muertos in Mexico.
  • See the carnival in Brazil.
  • Stay in a bungalow in Bora Bora.
  • Visit the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
  • Visit Stonehenge.
  • Go to the Notting Hill Market on Portobello Road.
  • Watch the sunset in Santorini.
  • Sail around the Galapagos.
  • Visit Riga.
  • Release baby turtles into the sea.
  • Explore the Acropolis.
  • See the Victoria Falls.
  • Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand
  • Ski in the Swiss Alps.
  • Climb Machu Picchu.
  • Go to the Opera House in Sydney.
  • Feed a koala.
  • Visit Surfer’s Paradise in Queensland.
  • See the Berlin Wall.
  • Eat Belgian Chocolate in Belgium.
  • Take part in the Holi Festival.
  • Ride in a Hot Air Balloon.
  • Visit Poland.
  • Visit Prague.
  • Visit Vienna.

Bucket List Experiences I’ve Already Completed

I thought it’d be a good idea to list some of the most iconic bucket list experiences that I’ve done. Just because I’ve completed them, I didn’t think it was right to not mention them, just in case you want to note them down for your list! Some, ok most, have been pretty amazing.

I love exploring the world. Here’s to ticking them off, together. Do you write bucket lists? If so, what’s at the top of your bucket list?

Hasta luego,



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