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  • Day11

    Canada's in the EU

    June 30, 2016 in the Netherlands

    High... I mean Hi... oh don't think anything more than us spelling hi wrong just because we're in Amsterdam. Don't you worry - we are behaving!!

    This morning, after a much needed GOOD sleep, we headed to explore the city again. Can I just say we've been navigating these cities as locals. We continued to shop for souvenirs - for all our loved ones..... ;)

    We walked to the other side of the city to Mac Bike. Talk about an adventure to find the station... as there were no signs and our maps said different ways. Don't worry - we found it. We found it. Right in front of our eyes - of course.

    The bike tour introduced us to a lot of the history of Amsterdam. First, the coat of arms are three X's. These 3 X's represent 3 of Amsterdam problems (flooding, fires, and the black plague). They then added the lion and the crowns at the top. In addition, Amsterdam has articial land, espwcially where Amsterdam cenrraal station is located. As we continued, we learned that there were two canals. There was one built for a lord and one for a king. The building's around there were classified as expensive and for the rich, while the peasants lives on the out skirts of the city. You can find a bakery, Winkle, that serves the best apple tarts.

    The canals are 3 meters down. They often say this is 1m of mud, 1m of water, and 1m of bikes. They say there are about 20, 000 bike a year that fall in the canals.

    The housing in Amsterdam is known to look slanted. This is because the cost per square foot was expensive and people didn't want to pay for that so, they built their houses taller rather than wider. Due to the width, the houses are to narrow to bring furniture into the house. So, they take the furniture in through the windows. In order to do this, the houses were built slanted forward so furniture would not hit the side of the house.

    The city also added the I Amsterdam sign to change the perspective people hold on Amsterdam. They accept that they're a city that is known for sexton and drugs, but they wanted more to their image. By adding the sign, it gets a lot of publicity from many different cultural groups.

    We stopped at a wind mill bar - this wind mill is not an original but is one of the oldest ones. Here we all grabbed a beer for 2.80 where we met a few people from Los Angeles. We took their numbers to meet up with them later on.

    We ended up exploring the red light district. The district is not what we thought it would be. The streets were filled with people, but it was tamer than we thought. It was very regulated. Once we returned to our hostel, Taylor was lucky enough to get sang and danced too... all round show. We now know what drugs do.
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  • Day11

    Bells are an alarm clock.

    June 30, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Again, this morning, the beautiful church bells (alarm clock) went off for nearly a half hour. Breanna and I were up, but forced ourselves back to sleep for a little while. We both didn't want to get up - the rest we are getting is allowing us to catch up on sleep we've missed and who knows... maybe even jet lag that we never got over. Regardless, we got off our butts and headed out.

    We explored the red light district during the day. It's not as active during the earlier afternoon, but girls were getting ready for their shift - often opening their door to call the men to them. In the same area there's a very good candy store that Niki and I visited three years ago. Their known for making natural and vegan candy. For example, one gummy bear is made out of seed weed. It is quite phenomenal. DELICIOUS.

    After this, the girls took a free ferry to the other side. Here we saw parts of the film and dance center. We were unfortunately given heavy rain showers. We still ventured around.

    The girls are now napping as I blog!
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  • Day11

    Canadians take on Amsterdam

    June 30, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Arriving in Amsterdam yesterday morning after our 13 hour bus ride, we quickly grabbed the train to head to Amsterdam Central Station.

    When we exited the train station, we were awed with beautiful canals, colorful boats and tall leaning buildings. We navigated our way to our hostel with was very central in amsterdam... Thank god because it makes up for being on the 5th floor of this extremely steep building with zero wifi and the room the size of my closet at home.

    We ventured out into amsterdam determined to find the Van Gogh museum. When we got there, around 11:45, we looked at the line to get in it was about an hour and a half wait just to buy your tickets, then you have to wait for your assigned time to go in. We knew that you could buy your tickets online so thats what we did. We sat out side of the line on the steps, bought 3 tickets, and we were in at 12 oclock.

    This museum was simply amazing. It was the biggest collection of Van Gogh's work in the world. We had a good time reading his letters he wrote to his cousin and friends in french. Finally, knowing frech came in handy outside of Quebec.

    After we were finished, we sat outside in this stunning park, filled with people and dogs. We enjoyed the scenery before we walked around trying to figure of this complicated city.

    We later ate at this AMAZING italian resturant, where we ordered pizza, soup and got free garlic bread.

    Don't ask me how, but someone we ended up at Lush (we are so basic) and chatted with the sales associate.. When we told him about our travels and how tored we were, he called over another associate and PAMPERED us. I mean, hand scrub, hand cream, face toner, mask, scrub, cream, eye cream and tea tree oil spray. We honestly needed it so badly, and felt instantly refreshed as we left. We spent about an hour getting pampered by the staff with hand massages and facials. It felt so good after our bus ride.

    Once we hit a grocery store and navigated our way home (we are really pros at this whole being local thing) we all showered, repacked, and are currently sitting in the lobby stealing the wifi and eating fruit. It was a wonderful day, can't wait to explore some more tomorrow!!
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  • Day11

    If I were a duck, I would live here.

    June 30, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Yesterday, we let ourselves sleep in until about 10:30 which had felt amazing considering we have been on the go since day 1.

    Once on our feet and showered, we headed out to hit up some souvenir shops (classic tourists) before our bike tour.

    We grabbed a tea from starbucks, and went on our way to find our meeting point for our bike tour. Let me tell you, we walked in circles... No worries.. With the help of some locals (and some not so helpful locals that pointed us in the wrong direction) we made it!!

    This tour was 4 and a half hours late (yes, if you were wondering.. My butt is hurting today). Our guide, Sylvia, proceeded to take us to several places in Amsterdam and tell us about why the city is so beautiful and lively. She told us how the entire city used to be a port for launching ships and one day, they decided to build ARTIFICIAL LAND and create canals throughout the city to encourage growth ans trade! We biked through central station and a few of the nicer neighborhoods and Syliva told us why Amsterdam is associated with the three red X's (as youve probably seen in many of my posts).

    The red Xs on the coat of arms originally belonged to a prestigious family that settled in Amsterdam prior to the artificial land building days. Amsterdam decided to adopt it as their own to represent the three huge problems they have had to overcome as a nation: Floods, Fires, and the Black Plague. A lot of people assume the x's are linked to the rid light district.

    Next, we biked over to Vondale Park, the largest park in Amsterdam,where we found out it was once part of the hippie trail in the 1970s, and many people used to camp here to avoid paying for hostels. The government made this illegal in the late 70s and now, that area is one of the most expensive to stay in.

    After, we biked through the museum district and near the red I AMSTERDAM sign the city errcted in 2004. The sign is supposed to represent the multicultural nature of Amsterdam and how the city is about more that just drugs, sex, and windmills - it's about leaving a bit of you here and taking a bit of the culture back!

    Next up, skinny bridge! We saw the locks that they open every 4 days to keep the water in the canal clean and leveled. She also explained to us that people say the canal is 3 meters deep, 1 meter of water, 1 meter of mud and 1 meter of bikes. Over 20,000 bikes fall into the canal every year. In Amsterdam, there is also more bikes than people. They have an excellent bike path system where bikes have their own lights and rules apart from cars. She was explaining to me that after world war 2, people started biking because they didn't have any money & was alot cheaper than driving and faster than walking. She also said she sees 8 month pregnant women driving around on their bikes and new borns strapped across their chest. Oh and helmets also aren't a thing here.

    We then drove past a canal with beautifier homes, she told me the price of living here is very expensive. It is about 300,000€ per 50 square feet. The houses here are built narrow but long (somewhat like our hostel 😑) because people used to have to pay a tax based on how much street room they would take up.

    We biked by the Zoo, we didn't get to go inside but we did get to see some cool giraffes :)

    Last stop: one of the oldest working windmills left in Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, you are allowed to actually live in a windmill if you take a year long course on how to manage it and provide proper maintenance! This one had a small brewery attached to it, and we each had a glass of amazing beer for only 2.5 euro! Fortunately for us, we didn't even have to actually pay for the beer as we ran into a bit of luck and found 10 euro a little while earlier. Score! .

    Afterwards we cycled back to the buke shop to drop off our bikes, and headed back to our hostel to get ready for the rest of the evening. We decided we wanted to check out the red light district tonight, so we bundled up (it was getting quite chilly!) and went out in search of food.

    We grabbed dinner at this place called wok to walk & let me tell you....... 😋😋😋😋 so good. Better than thai express. We went over to the red light district where wifi doesn't exist.. So we couldn't meet up with our friends that we had met on our bike tour but we enjoyed our night regardless.

    I was pretty disappointed with the district. Wasn't what everyone talked it up to be. Still weird to see women in the red rooms banging on the window trying to make you come in. Some were also just sitting there on their phones texting and talking. Pretty funny actually.

    We went to go see a peep show.. & that's all you need to know about that.

    Breanna and I decided that since we were in Amsterdam, we should probably smoke weed... you know, since it's legal and everything. We went into a coffee shop, where they handed us MENU for weed!? Say what??? We picked something random, cause we all know that we don't really know what we were doing. We walked outside & smoked a joint walking down the street... what a strange feeling. I was debating if I should put this in or not.. but for the memories I will. We were standing at a donut shop looking in. Breanna & Shaunessa were looking in and were mesmerized by all the donuts in the window... meanwhile, I couldn't focus on anything because it felt like my legs were shaking back and fourth 50 times a second. Two minutes later, I looked at them & all I could get out of my mouth was "I'm going to puke". I ran through the small alley ways in the red light district packed with people, to find a canal that I could puke in. Good news.. I didn't puke.

    We sat at the edge of the canal for a bit and enjoyed the calmness of the light drizzle on the water and decided to call it a night.

    We were going to go to bed early... Oh but look at that, we only got to bed at 2am... What a suprise 😏
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  • Day9

    Just wipe it off and use it again later!

    June 28, 2016 in the Netherlands

    HERE WE ARE IN AMSTERDAM OMGGGGGGGGG.

    We got to the bus station at around 930am and headed into the terminal to take the subway into the city. We found our way and arrived at Amsterdam Central Station and walked out of the doors to see the beautiful canal and buildings all around. We found our way to the hotel (which... Its slightly smaller than all of our other rooms so far and only has wifi in the lobby BUT the beds are comfy and the rooms are clean, so no more complaints).

    We were still early, so we stored our bags and headed into the city to explore! First stop was to the Van Gogh museum where we saw the work and life of an amazing Dutch painter. It truly was inspiring to See his progression as an artist and decent into madness. We left thoroughly inspired and in search of food.

    As we walked through the streets, we stumbled upon a cute little italian restaurant where i had a phenomenal caprise salad and the best calzone i have had in my entire life! We sat and chatted, enjoying the rest before heading out into the city to explore some more.

    Dont ask me how, but someone we ended up at Lush (we are so basic) and chatted with the sales associate.. When we told him about our travels and how tored we were, he called over another associate and PAMPERED us. I mean, hand scrub, hand cream, face toner, mask, scrub, cream, eye cream and tea tree oil spray. We honestly needed it so badly, and felt instantly refreshed as we left.

    Once we hit a grocery store and navigated our way home (we are really pros at this whole being local thing) we all showered, repacked, and are currently sitting in the lobby stealing the wifi and eating fruit. It was a wonderful day, can't wait to explore some more tomorrow!!

    🌿 #sbteurotrip
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  • Day11

    If I was a Duck, I would live here.

    June 30, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Day two in Amsterdam... Rise and shine! Or, in our case, sleep in and curse the church bells. While Taylor slept like an actual rock (that is some next level talent) Shaunessa and I were woken up every half an hpur by the beautiful church bells. I mean I think they could have been beautiful IF WE WERENT TRYING TO SLEEP.

    Oh well, we had to get up sometime, so at around 1030 we got dressed and ready, made ourselves pb&banana sandwiches for lunch and headed out on our next adventure!

    First stop: souvenir shopping! We scoured shops high and low to find souvenirs for all of our friends at home. Or just ourselves, you won't know until we are home!! So we ambled around the city getting lost and swttled ourselves into a cute park for some tasty lunch. As we were eating, however, aome people decided to feed the pigeons right beaide us and let me tell you... Those birds are much more agressive out here in amsterdam. So we quickly finished up and realized it was getting close to our bike tour of Amsterdam!

    We found our way to the bike shop (eventually...) and got fitted with a bright red bike and given a rundown of how biking works here. Let me tell you, biking is THE way to get around Amstersam. Honestly, its like everyone stays out of your way and the lights always give favour to the bikers. And it helps that these bikes are absolutely magical in that with only three gears, they feel like you are doing absolutely nothing at all but gliding across the streets!

    Our guide, Sylvia, proceeded to take us to several places in Amsterdam and tell us about why the city is so beautiful and lively. She told us how the entire city used to be a port for launching ships and one day, they decided to build ARTIFICIAL LAND and create canals throughout the city to encourage growth ans trade! We biked through central station and a few of the nicer neighborhoods and Syliva told us why Amsterdam is associated with the three red X's (as youve probably seen in many of my posts).

    The red Xs originally belonged to a prestigious family that settled in Amsterdam prior to the artificial land building days. Amsterdam decided to adopt it as their own to represent the three huge problems they have had to overcome as a nation: Floods, Fires, and the Black Plague.

    Next, we biked over to the largest park in Amsterdam where we found out it was once part of the hippie trail in the 1970s, and many people used to camp here to avoid paying for hostels. The government made this illegal in the late 70s and now, that area is one of the most expensive to stay in.

    After, we biked through the museum district and near the red I AMSTERDAM sign the city errcted in 2004. The sign is supposed to represent the multicultural nature of Amsterdam and how the city is abput more that just drugs, sex, and windmills - it's about leaving a bit of you here and taking a bit of the culture back!

    Next up, skinny bridge! This is a small bridge (that used to be smaller) close to the locks in the canal system where boats come through and the city regulates the flow of the water. It is a drawbridge to let tall ships through, and is a famous landmark in the city today.

    Last stop: one of the oldest working windmills left in Amsterdam. In Amsterdam, you are allowed to actually live in a windmill if you take a year long course on how to manage it and provide proper maintenance! This one had a small brewery attached to it, and we each had a glass of amazing beer for only 2.5 euro! Fortunately for us, we didn't even have to actually pay for the beer as we ran into a bit of luck and found 10 euro a little while earlier. Score!

    Afterwards we cycled back to the buke shop to drop off our bikes, and headed back to our hostel to get ready for the rest of the evening. We decided we wanted to check out the red light district tonight, so we bundled up (it was getting quite chilly!) and went out in search of food.

    Shaunessa had recommended an asian atir fry place she tried last time she was here called wok to walk, and LET ME TELL YOU it was so so good! Honeslty the ingredients and sauces were so flavorful, it might have been one of the best stir fry I have ever had in my life!

    After we finished eating we set out to explore the (in)famous red light district! We walked along the main strip and quite a few of the side streets, and honestly I don't have that much to report. It was so much more tame than I expected it to be: the girls were all covered up, most of them texting and seemed bored. Maybebit was a slow night, I don't know for sure... But there definitely wasn't as much scandal as I thought there was going to be!

    We strolled for a few hours anyway, sitting by the canal to take in thebsights and sounds before heading back to get a good nights rest, again.

    Tomorrow ia our last full day - talk to you then!
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  • Day11

    Share your talent!

    June 30, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Day 3 in Amsterdam... Yay! Today we didnt really have much on the agenda, so we got up (thanks to the church bells AGAIN) and headed out to start the day! Firat stop was the red light district (too see what its like during the day) and to visit an amazing candy store called Candy Freaks! When we were walking through, we noticed that a lot of girls were just getting setting up for the day, so once again there was not a lot to report.

    We continued on and fpind the store of my dreams... A candy store with literally some of THE best candy I have ever TASTED. most of it was vegan, organic, and all natural.. All of it waa delicious. After grabbing some candy, we wanted to make sure we hit the I Amsterdam sign so we headed to the free (!) ferry that takes you across the bay to northern amsterdam 24 hours a day.

    On the way we had to walk through central station, nd we noticed a group of girls standing around a piano singing while a man played it and three people were social dancing. We noticed that the floor had a sign saying "share your talent" and realized that these people had all come together randomly to do something that thwy loved. Of course, Shaunessa and Taylor were prodding me to go in and dance... So after some convincing I did. I absolutely loved it! The girla sang "say something" followed by "hallelujah" and I honestlu felt so free dancing in front of the crowd that gathered to watch.

    After I was done, we headed to the ferry once again, me just a tad sweaty and winded. After boarding the ferry we got to the othwr side and made a B-line to the I Amsterdam sign. We made frienda with a cute girl from the Philippines who was on a layover while working on a cruise and ahe took some pictures for us woth the sign. We also checked out the museum of film and the arts briefly before heading back to sout Amsterdam.

    Once we got back, we knew we had a few more things to grab and - though it started to absolutely POUR - we braved the weather and went shopping anyway! Canadians, eh?

    After perusing some more, yhe rain slowed a bit and we headed back to the hostel where we caught a nice nap. Something about rainy weather juat makes you want to curl up and sleep!

    Right now we are in the lobby bar stealing wifi and blogging before packing up... Next stop, Brussels!
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  • Day1

    Day 1: Amsterdam -Our Adventure Begins

    June 5, 2017 in the Netherlands

    We finally arrived in Amsterdam this afternoon after our day long journey to get here.

    Our journey started in Loxton at around 1pm on Sunday. Missy dog was picked up by Murray and Trudy for her holiday with them in the morning and we have said our good byes to Oscar cat who is being looked after by Charmaine who is house sitting for us. We drove to Murray Bridge and caught up with Jay, Fiona and the kids for a coffee and cake and then headed to mum and dads for tea. Fliss and Charlotte joined us for a traditional Dutch meal prepared by mum which was a fitting start for the holiday ahead.

    A highlight while at the airport was running into Graham Gates, he was seeing his son off who had been over from London to visit him. We only got to chat for a few minutes but I was rapt to catch up with him as I have hardly seen him since leaving Coorong 4 years ago. I have utmost respect for Graham and will make a point of catching up with him when we return.

    The first leg of our flights took us from Adelaide to Dubai and took about 12 hours. It's a long flight but we did manage a few little sleeps. We were both over sitting down by the end and enjoyed wandering around Dubai airport during our 2 hour stopover. We did find some new bottles of Jameson's which we may purchase duty free on the way home.

    The next flight from Dubai to Amsterdam took 6 1/2 hours and was much easier than the first leg, especially as the last hour or two the excitement levels increased substantially as we closed in on the end of the flight. The red wine and jack Daniels probably helped with this as well.

    On our flights we do choose to sit at the back of the plane. We don't feel so crowded in and it does provide the opportunity to easily stand up for a while which is good to stretch and get some movement happening. We also enjoy meal time on the flights, not only was the food very good but meal times break up the monotony and are something to look forward to on the flight. They also had Vegemite with the breakfast so we have kept the two small sachets we got so Amy can satisfy her craving for Vegemite during the trip.

    We took the train from Schiphol airport to Centraal and found our way to the Tulip Inn which is our lodgings for the next few days. The hotel is a bit old and dated but is very comfortable and in a fantastic location, we are very happy with it. Our room has a roof window and a few beams which I need to be mindful of and enough space for our bags and belongings. Given Amy's recent sore back it's probably a blessing that we are not staying in our favourite B&B down the road as we don't have the 5 flights of vertical stairs to contend with.

    After a shower and freshen up we set out to reacquaint ourselves with my favourite city, remembering past adventures, checking out the wonky old buildings and enjoying a beer at a couple of favourite watering holes. Unfortunately our favourite Chinese restaurant in Chinatown no longer exists and is now a Mexican steakhouse. We were really looking forward to enjoying our duck fried rice but we settled for a plate of bittenballen, kroketten, frikandellen, wings with frites and mayo, all very yummy! I will probably enjoy bittenballen everyday we are here.

    We were very tired from our trip so decided to have an early night, I think we were in bed by 8pm. Anyway, we are now up and about early this morning fully refreshed and ready to attack the day. First stop will be the Rijksmuseum one of our all time favourite places in Amsterdam.
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  • Day24

    Day 23: Amsterdam - Back Again!

    June 28, 2017 in the Netherlands

    I can now say that i have flown KLM, I've always wanted to fly with them. Our flight from Stockholm to Amsterdam was excellent, getting the emergency exit row was a bonus and we enjoyed the extra leg room, wish we could get these seats for the long haul flights back to Australia.

    Anyway, we have arrived back in Amsterdam and I am very happy to be back in my favourite city. Whilst I enjoyed visiting Scandinavia I just love being in this city. We enjoyed a few drinks, some people watching and wandered around the centrum area taking in the sights before returning to our now favourite Chinese restaurant, Sechuan which is just around the corner from our hotel for another Peking banquet. Our timing was impeccable as we also managed to get the window table again as well.

    There appears to be be a lot more people in the city today compared to 2 weeks ago which has added to the vibrancy of the city. There is also the ever present smell of pot, it seems many of the English tourists prefer to smoke outside than in the coffee shops. All to their own I guess.

    We are very happy to be back and also happy we have a much better room at the hotel which is a bonus. We are having an early night and look forward to relaxing over the next few days while enjoying this sensational city.
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  • Day24

    Day 24: Amsterdam - Lekker!

    June 28, 2017 in the Netherlands

    All I really want to talk about today is the food I ate, it was lekker! But before I do that perhaps an overview of what we did today is in order.

    After a delicious breakfast, where I enjoyed some hagelslag, ham, cheese and boiled eggs, see it's all about the food today, better get to the story. So we had breakfast and decided to wander over to the Amsterdam Museum and get there when it opens. We almost had the place to ourselves for a while which was a good change to last time when the place was packed. Anyway, we enjoyed looking around and found some exhibits we hadn't seen before. We then decided to tram it across town to the De Gooyer Windmill, the tallest windmill in the country. The windmill was quite impressive and next door is the Breouwerij't, a small brewery, unfortunately we were too early to try the beer as it didn't open until the afternoon.

    It was time to grab another tram and head towards the bridge where you can see 15 bridges in the centre of the city. We walked down Utrechtsplein and then back up along Spiegelkwartier where there are several arts aimed antique stops. This was a fun neighbourhood to walk around with many people and cyclists about. Some more trams rides and we found ourselves at the Waterlooplein Markets. It was here that we enjoyed lunch from a small van. Kroketten in bread with friets and mayo the fare. I was in heaven, but I digress, back to our travels.

    While at the markets it started to rain so we needed to seek some shelter, we came cross the Rembrant House Museum which Is the location where he spent most of his life. It was quite good but we weren't there long so had to fill some more time looking through some shops. When the rain cleared enough it was back onto a tram to Rembrantplein to stop for a drink. Another tram and we were back in Dam Square where we did a bit more souvenir shopping.

    We circled around for a while prior to heading out for tea. We decided to eat at the 'The Pantry' in Leidseplein to have a Dutch meal. We must have been very lucky to get a seat as we only got a table if we could be out in an hour, this seemed OK, I was happy to eat as quickly as they could get the food out, and many people were turned away while we sat there. It seemed to be a very popular restaurant and after sampling their fare I can see why. I had the pea soup followed by a combo of hutspot, zuurkool-en boerenkoolstampot with a meatball and vlaflip for dessert. Amy had the Dutch steak and poffertjes. It was all washed down with a Dutch red wine. It was a sensational feed, I highly recommend the restaurant.

    After dinner it was time to put the feet up and relax over a few ciders at Leidseplein and later at Stones, a bar around the corner from our hotel.

    We were not going to do much at all today but as it turned out we did in excess of 20,000 steps and many kilometres of tram rides zig zagging around the city, it is so easy to get around. I just love being here and exploring the city, finding new spots I haven't been to and revisiting other favourite spots and to top it off we had some lekker Dutch food to boot. What a sensational day.
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