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  • Day1

    London 1980

    March 16 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Reiseerinnerungen sind immer, vor allem aber in der aktuellen Lockdown-Zeit, besonders wertvoll.

    Ein kleiner Denkanstoß von "außerhalb" war jedoch erforderlich, daß ich heute in meinem Keller nach alten Fotos und mental, nach verklärten Erinnerungen gewühlt habe.

    Mit zarten 17 Jahren, begab ich mich erstmals von meinen Eltern losgelöst auf "große" Flugreise und die, führte nach London - was für ein Abenteuer!

    Mein Freund Peter ( damals gerade 18 Jahre alt geworden ) war ein Jahr zuvor, eine Zeit lang zum Sprachkurs bei einer typischen Londoner Vorstadtfamilie untergebracht und genau dorthin, sollte es nun gemeinsam für eine Woche gehen.

    Etwas Geld von meinem Supermarkt-Job, den ich neben der Schule hatte, war vorhanden und das gute Konformantenjäckchen passte auch noch einigermaßen - es konnte gefühlt also losgehen..... in die große, weite Welt!

    Na ja, fast! Meine Eltern mussten natürlich noch überzeugt werden - nicht wirklich einfach!

    So ganz nebenbei zwischen Kochen und Haushalt, hatte ich ( schon damals rhetorisch ganz gut unterwegs ) meiner Mutter ( hörte meistens nur halb zu ) so eine Art "Ja" entlockt und damit versucht, das ambitionierte Vorhaben am Abend zielführend meinem Vater vorzutragen.

    Zuerst, war Dad natürlich aus Prinzip völlig dagegen - final, hatte er uns zwei aber sogar zum Flughafen gefahren!

    Was wir Teenager dann August 1980 in London erlebten, waren Pleiten, skurille Erlebnisse, unglaubliche Eindrücke und zumindest bei mir, eine Reiselust, die mich bis heute nicht loslässt!

    Besonders beeindruckend, war für mich die Parade zum 80zigsten Geburtstag von Queen Mum. Nur durch einen absoluten Zufall, sind wir bei der St. Paul's Kathedrale überhaupt darauf aufmerksam geworden und konnten ganz wunderbare Plätze in erster Reihe ergattern.

    Lange Zeit vor Lady Di, fuhr in offenen Kutschen die gesamte Königsfamilie nur wenige Meter entfernt an uns vorbei - aus heutiger Sicht undenkbar!

    Ach ja, an meinen ersten englischen Satz den ich je außerhalb einer Schulstunde von mir gegeben hatte, kann ich mich auch noch erinnern :

    "It's an absolutely new feeling, driving on the left"..... Once upon a time!

    Leider habe ich schon seit Ewigkeiten den Kontakt zu meinem langjährigen Freund Peter verloren. Geblieben seit dieser Reise jedoch, ist mein Mißtrauen gegenüber Taxifahrer.

    Ganze 100 Mark hatte uns der Gauner für die Fahrt vom Flughafen zu unserer Gastfamilie abgeknöpft - für die damalige Zeit ein halbes Vermögen!
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    Jan Auf Reisen

    traumhaft, durch das SW sieht es noch älter aus 😁. da soll mal sagen nur die nicht Europäer ziehen die Touristen ab. 100 DM unglaublich!!! das sind ja 200€ oder so.

    3/16/21Reply
    D.O.T

    Hab draus gelernt 😅😅😅!

    3/16/21Reply
    Jan Auf Reisen

    da hat der Kutschenfahrer in Kairo härter gearbeitet, und der Gaul vor allem 🤪

    3/16/21Reply
    D.O.T

    😂🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️!

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  • Day3

    Visita a la city

    December 27, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Good morning London! Hoy nos levantamos antes creyendo que en el desayuno veríamos más cosas, pero no.

    Tras desayunar, hemos salido rumbo a Green Park y tras atravesarlo, hemos llegado a Buckingham Palace a eso de las 9:30. A las 11 es el cambio de guardia por lo que hemos cogido sitio y esperado una larga hora y media hasta que ha empezado. La verdad es que no merece la pena esperar tanto rato para verlo. Para entrar en calor atravesamos St James Park de nuevo hasta Westminster y allí cogimos el metro hasta la Torre de Londres. Atravesamos el puente de la torre y pasamos por el ayuntamiento y un mercadillo muy parecido al del London Eye, y comimos en un sitio llamado León, donde ponen cajas para llevar de diferentes cosas: arroz con pollo, curry, albóndigas, fideos con verduras, falafel... Muy rico. Tras comer, volvimos al metro para ir hacia el British, nuestra última etapa del día.

    En el British había una cola inmensa, pero por alguna razón a Pablo lo colaron por la entrada de los socios (seguimos sin saber por qué) así que pasamos súper rápido. Como no teníamos mucho tiempo, vimos lo que la guía indica como: No te lo puedes perder y algunas cosillas más. La gente pegada al cristal sin dejar un hueco para ver la piedra Rosetta.

    Una visita por Egipto, la Grecia Clásica, Japón, China, Corea y los pueblos aborígenes australianos y una vuelta a la tienda del museo fue nuestra visita. Con más tiempo hubiéramos podido ver más.

    Cena variada y según gustos y mientras Laura se quedaba en la cama porque se encontraba regular, Pablo, Conchi y Ana fueron al pub del hotel a tomar cerveza.

    Mañana Anden 9 3/4, Camden y lo que nos depare.
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  • Day1

    Empieza el viaje

    December 25, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    Después de la comilona del día 24 y que Laura llegara de party a las 7 de la mañana, empacamos cosas en Jaén y tomamos rumbo a Málaga. Pablo y Ana tenían que cambiar la maleta y coger los últimos detalles del viaje.

    Una vez comidos en lo único abierto, un 100 montaditos, cogimos el coche hacia el aeropuerto. A las 15:30 ya estabamos allí y el vuelo salía a las 17:50. Como la app de Norwegian no funcionaba, fuimos al mostrador a preguntar, y lli nos dieron las tarjetas de embarque, facturamos gratis y nos dirigimos a pasar el arquito y a esperar dentro.

    Tras un vuelo puntual y tranquilo, a las 19:20, hora de UK, aterrizamos en Gatwick. Un conductor muy amable les llevó al hotel (1:30 horas de camino) y tras hacer el check-in y cenar unos bocadillos nos fuimos a dormir.

    Mañana: ruta por Londres.
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  • Day16

    British Museum

    April 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Kultur und Geschichte war heute das Tagesprogramm. Wir besuchten das British Museum. Am Anfang war es cool. So viele interessante Dinge zu sehen und (versuchen) zu lesen. Aber mit der Zeit wurde es etwas langwilig und die Leute gingen mir auf die Nerven. Ein regelrechtes Gedränge und Geschupse. Man konnt nich mehr nahe genug an die Ausstellungsgegenstände stehen und die Infotafel lesen, weil jeder ein Selfie von sich davor machen wollte. Meine Fresse die Menschheit wird immer egoistischer 😤
    (Sorry für den Ausdruck aber es musste gesagt werden).
    Danach waren wir so müde davon, dass es nur noch einen Kaffee gab und wir dann nach Hause gingen 😅
    Alles in allem: interessant aber anstrengend
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    Peter Zähner

    Der Kuchen sieht stark aus... :D

    4/16/17Reply
    Sarah Müller

    Mmmmmmmm

    4/16/17Reply
    Lara Steiner

    Isch au "mmmmmh" gsi 😊 marshmallow-schoggi-oreo-chuachä 🙈

    4/16/17Reply
    Sarah Müller

    Das tönt interessant

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  • Day13

    Showers of London

    October 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Today the sun did not greet me through my window, but instead, water pouring from the skies. Two days in London and it was finally raining. Okay, change of plans. Rain means walking tours are definitely out. So while making my plans for the day, in walked one of the people I'd been talking to and she invited me to go to the British Museum... well what a perfect day for it. My tour guide even said the day before that as cold as it felt not to go to a museum when it was just cold, and to wait until it rained. So we said we'd meet in the lobby and then head out. Soon we were on our way to what has to be the least expensive thing to do in London, with only a £5 suggested donation. When we arrived, the line was massive, but it seemed to be moving quickly. In no time at all we were taking the obligatory photos, and then walking inside. This place was huge! Of course I had to get a map so I know what they had to offer, and it also made for a great souvenir. I decided to make my way to the exhibit on coins, which was fantastic. It started from the very first coin currency, covered the types from all sorts of different locations, and even had part of it cover the credit cards that we use today. They even had a section on the fake currency made for films and television and covered a scene from Doctor Who. From there I went over to the wing that housed their clocks. Quite and interesting bit that went through the beginning of measuring time (sundials), to the ornate table pieces with one in particular being quite astonishing (a gold ship), all the way to today. After that I met up with my museum partner and had a surprisingly nice lunch, and not too badly priced either. From there we went our separate ways again and I made it up to the area that covered the sections of Roman's, the rise of christianity, pottery, jewelry, and so much more. There was quite a lot to soak in. From that section I stumbled right in to their ancient Egypt section which had real mummy's, sarcophagus, and jars where the they kept the "vicera," or internal organs. Now my favorite bit was actually the gallery where they kept the most amazing sketches and watercolor, some by Picasso, others by Degas, and many who I had never heard of but am very grateful I saw. I will always be blown away by the the pieces in an art gallery. There was even a section of newer pieces, many of which were highly detailed and impressive. From there I met up once more with my museum buddy, and after going over all the great things we'd seen, even making a few recommendations, we were off and running again deciding to just meet back at the hostel. Knowing I still had laundry to do, and a tour later that night, there were only a couple of things I HAD to see. The Easter Island Head, which was somehow larger than I had anticipated, and the Rosetta Stone which had such a large crowd that you had to muscle your way to the front (so I had no problem.) They were both awe inspiring. Along the way there was a piece that I thought was particularly worth mention; it covered all the pills and drugs a couple had taken over a lifetime, from immunizations at youth to what they took as they grew old before they passed. It was a shockingly large display, and I think said a lot about the world we live in today. Now, one last thing: Do not, under any circumstances, touch the exhibits! Watch your children and make sure they don't touch the exhibits! Do not let your children climb on the exhibits! These pieces are not covered in glass so you can get a better look at them, not so they can be fondled! It should be common sense, but after seeing the madness of people breaking these rules so many times I thought I might give a small PSA. Don't touch!!! Okay, rant over. After being nearly on overload with all the amazing pieces I'd seen, and I absolutely understand why people go back multiple days in a row because there's really no way to see it all in one day, I headed back to the hostel. Either I did laundry now, or I walk around tomorrow in dirty clothes. Naturally, while waiting for my clothes to finish washing, I finished my book and of course started another. As it neared time for me to go on my tour I realized, my clothes weren't going to be dry. Deciding I'd deal with it later, I took my damp clothes, shoved them in my bunk, and took off. Fortunately getting better at the tube system and made my way to the stop I needed to in no time. I'd made it to the tour. Hopping on the bus, and heading straight to the top deck, we were shortly on our way. As we headed off our guide went over the Jack the Ripper murders, told us about the sites were they took place as well as why they weren't all available any more, and pointed out a ton of fun things along the way. Our guide, Allen, was uproariously funny, cracking jokes and telling stories, even giving a little ribbing now and then. He pointed out a few Doctor Who sites, and then even messed with me saying I couldn't be a true fan or I'd be home watching it like he wanted to be. Once we were off the bus and walking around we got in to the thick of things. He took us to one of the murder sites and read the letters that the ripper supposedly sent in, then continued us along the way showing us as best he could what it would have looked like back then, and painting a picture of how things were. Even on such a macabre tour he managed to keep things light and have the whole group laughing. One thing that my nerdy heart loves was that he took us to a place where they filmed a scene in the BBC show Sherlock and I stood in the same place as Martin Freeman stood when he (in the show) watched Sherlock jump from the building... and yes, I took pictures. The night ended at The Sherlock Holmes bar where I did make sure to try their Sherlock ale; it wasn't bad. From there, I decided that my night was done and I headed back. Reflecting on my day, it feels like I'm not doing a lot while here, but I am certainly enjoying my time, and that's what matters, besides I can always come back.Read more

    Michael Gallivan

    Sounds like quite a full day to me. And by the way, your words seem to flow beautifully from those finger tips Mushki. Might we be seeing an author in the making ? I love you baby girl. Be safe

    10/29/18Reply
    Candace Perrotta

    "....not doing alot while here...."???? You're putting Rick Steves to shame. ❤

    10/29/18Reply
    Cynthia Gallivan

    What a fun day!

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  • Day9

    Última tarde y cena de pub

    August 9, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Tras el café hemos visto la parte de terremotos y volcanes. Ha molado mucho, ya que tenían diferentes materiales volcánicos para tocar y ver (basalto, obsidiana, etc.) Así como trozos de lava solidificada de formas diferentes, con lo que explicaban las formas en las que puede irse desplazando. Además, del terremoto y tsunami de 2011, se tenían imágenes en vídeo del inicio, de cuando se forma el tsunami y de cuando impacta contra la costa: ha sido a la vez muy fuerte pero espectacular lo que la naturaleza es capaz de hacer. Además, tenían un "simulador" de cómo se movió la tierra en el terremoto de Kobe del 95.

    Tras eso y el sistema solar, en el que tenían hecho una cosa muy chula para ir mostrando diferentes hechos de los planetas (los anillos, la gran mancha roja, que Neptuno gira tumbado...), estábamos ya hartos, y además eran casi las 3, así que nos hemos ido de vuelta al metro, a comer, y al hotel a darnos una ducha caliente porque estábamos empapados.

    Hemos llegado al hotel cerca de las 4 y algo, y tras las duchas, hemos estado descansando y viendo como metíamos todo en las maletas para mañana, pero a las 6 y media o así, nos hemos ido a un pub que hay aquí al lado. Hemos ido por cercanía por lo que llovía, pero hemos triunfado.

    Estaba hasta los topes, y hemos cenado estupendamente. Además, nos hemos tomado unas pintas y disfrutado del ambiente que había: desde familias con niños hasta gente mayor, pasando por grupos de cuarentones, gente joven, etc.

    Pablo por su parte he ido bebiendo medias pintas para probar más, y tras una nochecita allí, nos hemos venido al hotel, donde ya nos vamos a ir a dormir. Mañana volvemos a España.

    P.D: El móvil de Ana se estaba cargando cuando hemos ido al pub, por eso las fotos son de peor calidad.
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    Marisa Solano

    Que me gusta un pub! Que tengáis buen viaje de vuelta 😘

    8/9/17Reply
    Juan Antonio Garrido

    Descansad y seguid así pingüinillos, que disfrutéis cada segundo de vuestro maravilloso viaje

    8/10/17Reply
    Encarnita De la Rosa

    Habrás disfrutado viendo volcanes...

    8/10/17Reply
     
  • Day6

    Our last full day, how much can we see

    September 19, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    We have a big day ahead, lots to pack into it. I thank Basil for the new room and he smiles in acknowledgment.
    The Avni Hotel, where we are staying is a 3 star hotel, not far from an underground station. Good value considering the location but probably not a place we would stay at again. One of the daily challenges is opening the body wash and shampoo sachets. We both wear glasses so it is hard to distinguish between the two and it is even harder to tear them open especially with wet hands. Usually we rely on each other to provide an open sachet but even with dry hands it is a problem. The bars of soap, if it is soap, do not lather up so maybe I should have let MDW bring those little bottles of shampoo and body wash she has collected from various motels over the years.
    As we have a big day planned we need a full English or the parts of it we will eat. We order our meal me minus the baked beans and no black pudding or sausage for either of us. Well done eggs and crispy bacon plus a pot of never ending tea. Apparently they will continue to replenish our tea pot for as long as it takes to eat our breakfast. We are in no hurry so this will be good value. The food comes with runny eggs, limp bacon and so called toast that didn’t even get close to a toaster. Back we send it and we continue to drink our tea. The food returns in the style we ordered although the toast was really just warm bread. Our tea pots were refilled, food eaten, bill paid and off to the British Museum. We catch the Underground (Piccadilly Line) to Holborn and walk to the museum. Although we haven’t purchased a SIM card yet for our phones, Google Maps has been doing a damn fine job once I work out which direction it is telling us to go. We walk up the museum stairs and because we have had a couple of pots of tea which is a diuretic and we are seniors, the first place we go to is the toilets. Free ones too. There’s a lot of old stuff there, in the museum, and the Egyptian display is amazing. MDW surprised me by her interest considering she is more of a shopper than tourist. She did spend a long time looking at the various ways dead people are disposed of. As fancy as the caskets were and tempting as burial options, none would meet her 3 day rule. But that’s another story, let’s just say MDW would be concerned that no phone signal would penetrate the thickness of the boxes, nor would any sound get out.
    Before we left the museum, another toilet break, damn tea! After the museum visit we went to a nearby pub on Carnaby Street and shared a plate of fish and chips. Cod, breaded scampi, garden peas and chips. I wasn’t sure what scampi was, I think maybe prawns but ended up getting fish balls. MDW hit the hard stuff and tried an alcoholic ginger beer which I ended up drinking. There was really only one more place to go to, Abbey Road, and get a photo walking across the pedestrian crossing. We walked to Oxford Circus station and asked for directions from the railway guy. “Abbey Road, is that a station?” he asked. I tried to explain the significance of it but he didn’t even know about The Beatles, before his time he said. He did a Google search on his iPad and provided a station name but suggested we could just go upstairs to the pedestrian crossing on Oxford Street and take a photo. Funny guy but it wouldn’t be the same.
    We get off at Maida Vale and start the long trek to Abbey Road. We ask for confirming instruction from a friendly chap sitting outside a restaurant who happily tells us to keep walking, “You can,t miss all the tourists taking photos”.
    We get to Abbey Road, see Abbey Road studios, and can’t help but think how annoyed people driving along the road must be as swarms of tourists keep approaching the crossing forcing the traffic to stop. Many are trying to replicate the famous Abbey Road album cover but it is near impossible to get a clear shot of 4 people crossing at the one time. I quickly cross the road when there are no cars nearby then slowly walk back across giving MDW ample time to take the perfect photo. Job done we both walk across the crossing resulting in cars having to stop. Maybe they should avoid driving on this road.
    We were ready to sit or even lay down, the iPhone said we had walked up or down 26 flights of stairs, and it felt like it too. The railway underground stairs are steep. We get off at Gloucester Road station, into Waitrose for our nightly feast of raspberries and back to our room, our last night in London. We decide to have a quiet night in, I think we have seen more than half the Monopoly board locations this visit. Thoroughly enjoyed everywhere we went in London, tomorrow Ireland where they have issued a warning about Storm Ali. Hopefully our flight will not be cancelled.
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    Brad Markwart

    Hi mum and dad, sounds like you are having an amazing time. I am so pleased 😀 I can’t wait to finally get over to the UK, we have started a holiday fund so two years and we would be there. Love the photos of Abbey Road and the museum. Love Bradley

    9/20/18Reply
    Sylvi Heaney

    Hey you two, wonderful stuff. Off to Ireland. If your inte tree ested, a tour at Waterford Crystal in Waterford could be of interest. Of course the bigger you buy the heavier it is, just keep that in mind! Love to you both x

    9/21/18Reply
     
  • Day29

    Hokusai, British Museum &The Japan House

    May 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    I think I'm still in Japan despite arriving in London two days ago. I spent all my time at two exhibitions; the first at the British Museum - Hokusai; Beyond The Great Wave. Lots of wonderful works by the famous woodblock artist Hokusai. I found his paintings just as impressive as the more famous woodblock prints like Red Fuji and The Great Wave which were also present.

    I then wandered off over to the Barbican Centre for an exhibition called The Japan House about Japanese architecture since 1945. Very cool. They had a bunch of exhibition rooms upstairs and downstairs had recreated the famous Moriyama House (2005), designed in Tokyo by Ryue Nishizawa and inhabited by Yasuo Moriyama, an enigmatic urban hermit. You could just wander around in the house which was brilliant and full of strange and wonderful things like the green lit 'garden' complete with 'tree house'.

    I'll probably arrive in the UK eventually but for now my sprit continues to inhabit Japan :-)
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    nowheregirl

    You sound like more Japanese than most of us here. :P

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  • Day15

    Contiki Departure

    August 11, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Got to london after a delayed flight and a long train ride and taxi ride. Missed the contiki catch up and walking tour.
    Did some laundry and headed to bed.
    I was woken up at 1am by my roommate. His flight was heaps delayed and he lost his bags.
    Now have gotten up early and met with the group and the bus.
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    Gail

    fark not a great start for you and your roommate

    8/11/18Reply
    Craig Bower

    Roll with the punches when you travel OS ...

    8/11/18Reply
    Craig Bower

    Lmao gold

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  • Day6

    Llegada a Londres

    August 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Hoy, tras desayunar (menos copiosamente xD) hemos cogido el tranvía hasta la estación de Picadilly y el tren de las 10:35 a Londres Euston. Durante el viaje Pablo ha ido leyendo y Ana dormitando a ratos. Ha sido un poco largo pero al final hemos llegado sobre las 13:15. Tras comprar un mapa y la tarjeta del metro, hemos ido a comer algo y luego al hotel, donde la recepcionista, tras leer el nombre de Ana, se ha puesto a hablar no en español, porque era de aquí.

    Hemos dejado las maletas y nos hemos ido a King's Cross, a hacernos una foto en el andén 9 y 3/4, cosa que hemos conseguido tras 50 minutos de cola. Por cierto, en un parque cercano al hotel hemos visto una estatua de Ghandi, y una celebración homenaje a Hiroshima, donde estaban tocando música de los 60 y cantando y tal. Tras echar un ojo a la tienda, hemos ido hasta Baker Street, donde tras una foto cerca del 221b (había otra coma aproximada de 45 minutos y pasábamos de esperar más), nos hemos encaminado hasta nuestra última parada del plan de hoy, los Abbey Road Estudios y la famosa foto cruzando la calle. Es curioso que la calle está abierta al tráfico, pero al o tener semáforo el paso de cebra, la gente está frenando constantemente, ya que todos los turistas se pasan el día cruzando xD.

    Tras la foto de rigor, hemos ido de vuelta al hotel para buscar un sitio para cenar, y hemos ido como sardinas en lata, ya que era hora punta en el metro, y además hoy juegan el Chelsea y el Arsenal (derby londinense), pero al final lo hemos conseguido, y como cerca del hotel no hay mucho, hemos cenado en un italiano que había.

    Ahora estamos ya en el hotel, hemos hecho la facturación del vuelo de vuelta, que abría hoy, y nos hemos duchado. Estamos listos para dormirnos y descansar para mañana.
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    Juan Antonio Garrido

    La foto frente al anden 9 y 3/4 sublime. Jeje A ver si os pilla Rowling para la continuación de animales fantásticos :p

    8/6/17Reply
    Encarnita De la Rosa

    Y no habeis ido al cole , oh oh

    8/7/17Reply
     

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