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There's more to Brazil than beaches and rainforests! ⠀

It wasn't hard to fall for the cobblestones and colors of Paraty, an old Portuguese settlement. The entire town overflows with character as samba echos down the narrow streets. ⠀

Is Brazil on your bucket list?⠀

We visited recently with @GAdventures and cannot wait to go back!⠀

#GWanderers #GAdventures #GAdv









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@uncornered_market brings their #TravelUnscripted moment in an Indian spice market to life: "The spread of stalls across Shimla’s lower bazaar features sacks and tins, and ancient wooden racks, drawers and dividers that ought to have a voice so that they might tell us their stories. Colors are earthy and bright, chili peppers of the deepest red, turmeric otherworldly yellow. Scents waft among it all. The whole and the ground; the sweet and the pungent; the blended and the masala’d — all of which makes Indian food so delicious and complex." Are you tagging your travel photos with #TravelUnscripted yet? We love to repost!
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#Repost @gadventures

In January 2020 we fly again to Patagonia. Www.oxigentour.ro • • • • • •
"Those places that take your breath away ✨ Prior to coming to Patagonia with @gadventures and National Geographic Journeys, I knew I would see a lot of beautiful spots, but it has exceeded all my expectations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The region spanning through southern Argentina and Chile is full of lakes, mountains, glaciers, forests, furry animals, rainbows and waterfalls. Remote and wild. Vast and diverse. What a magical place ✨" 📷: @nomadicfare #gwanderers #gadventures
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We hit the hills outside of Kathmandu for a half-day hike to the town Panauti. .

Although this route through villages and terraced fields has been used by locals for ages, it has only recently been developed for travelers by @gadventures and their local partner @communityhomestaynetwork. The goal: to be more inclusive of those communities which previously hadn’t benefited from tourism in the region. .

The final destination of this 10km day hike: Panauti, a charming little town known for its temples and as one of the Kathmandu Valley @UNESCO sites. Until a few years ago, visitors day tripped to Panauti without delivering much revenue or benefit to the local community. .

A G Adventures tour leader (CEO) from Panauti saw potential in his hometown and a way for his community to benefit in a sustainable way from tourism. That is how the @planeterracares Panauti Homestay project was born. Its focus: the training and economic empowerment of local women. Today, there are 20 families in Panauti welcoming G Adventures travelers who spend anywhere from an overnight up to four days with them - living, cooking and learning together. .

We had an opportunity to join Ssarmila in her home and cook a traditional Nepali meal together. As she explained, it’s not only the women and families directly involved in the homestay program who benefit from additional income. Local farmers and businesses also benefit since food and other supplies are sourced locally. .

These days, travelers can now remember the warmth, interaction and delicious food which all form the experience at the Panauti homestay — more than the temples for which the town had been famous. .
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#gforgood #gwanderers #gadventures #parauti #nepal #thisissustainable


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Momos (Nepalese dumplings) in the making.

This beautiful display of ingredients kicked off our momo cooking course in Kathmandu, Nepal. But this course features a twist: the teachers are all survivors of human trafficking in Nepal. Tour fees from the experience go to support @sasane_sisterhood, a local organization which aims to break the cycle of exploitation by educating and performing outreach, seeking justice for survivors, and smoothing their reintroduction into society.

Here’s the full story of how tourism and momos support this mission.

Sadly, human trafficking is a real and all too prevalent problem in Nepal, especially in poorer and rural areas. Only about 10% of those who have been trafficked ever go to the police or seek justice. Sasane aims to change that by training survivors with high school educations to be paralegals (240 trained so far and counting!). They station these women at police stations around Kathmandu and Pokhara so they can provide legal support to trafficking victims, as well as other disadvantaged groups. .

A few years ago the @planeterracares project “Sisterhood of Survivors,” was created to provide survivors without a high school education an opportunity for job training in English and hospitality. The goal: equip them with practical skills and experience to aid their search for employment. .

Most @gadventures tours in Nepal incorporate this momo making class. Travelers not only enjoy a unique culinary experience, but also an opportunity to meet these inspiring survivors and understand the local landscape — and their world — a little better. .

Additionally, the relationship and market access provides Sasane a source of steady funding to support their various programs. .

This visit to Sasane on our #GForGood trip also carried a personal connection. We worked with the finalists of the G Project six years ago, including the winning entry which gave birth and initial funding to Sisterhood of Survivors. It was a joy for us to come full circle and see @lee_anngibbs winning G Project idea come to life!
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#gforgood #gadventures #gwanderers #thisissustainable #kathmandu #nepal #sustainabletourism #socialenterprise #lpfood


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Rickshaws and rebuilding. An everyday scene in Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. .

After the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, recovery continues. So does daily life, as locals take a moment of shade on a temple staircase or shop at a street corner market, and rickshaw drivers wait — and call out — for their next customer. .

It’s been 11 years since our last visit to Nepal. Some of the temples and sights from our memories have either been badly damaged or destroyed. The tragedy of brick piles where ancient temples once stood slowly gives way as community reconstruction efforts and the renewal of once rubbled sites continues. .

Taken on our #GForGood trip (#sponsored) through the Kathmandu Valley where our local @gadventures tour leaders (CEO) shared stories from the earthquake, including work they did to help rebuild schools and homes and distribute emergency funds raised by @planeterracares and G Adventures to 14 of the 18 districts in Nepal impacted by the 2015 earthquake.
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#kathmandu #nepal #nepaltravel #gwanderers #gadventures #lppathfinder


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Finally I get to share my story about the only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World!! It was certainly a highlight of my recent @gadventures trip to Egypt.

You can read more in my latest post on TIME TRAVEL TURTLE.

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@drewbinsky
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It amazes me how the media makes Iran look like such an evil and horrible place, when in reality, it’s exactly the opposite. Not only is #Iran one of the safest counties I’ve ever visited, but the people are the absolute kindest and most hospitable that I’ve met ANYWHERE in the world. This video is the first of my 14 video series about Iran — please head over to my FB page if you’d like to watch them daily! (Link in bio). Thank you Iran for such an amazing time and to @gadventures for putting together this adventure. I can’t wait to come back again soon 😍🇮🇷 #Persia #MiddleEast#Iranian #LoveIran #LoveTravel #Persian#tehran #isfahan #esfahan #persepolis #yazd#kerman  #kashan #gadventures#gwanderers #safecountry
#iranissafe #girlsintravel
#sheisnotlost
#americantraveler #worldtourism #iranianamerican #visitiran #realiran
#populariran


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The Taj Mahal, a different view.

Such an iconic sight needs no introduction, but here goes one anyway, with a twist.

The Taj Mahal is known as a symbol of love, and was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his deceased wife. The structure was no lightweight undertaking, absorbing 22 years and the effort of 20,000 workers until its completion in the mid 1600s.

Shah Jahan’s original plan also included a second mausoleum for himself in black, opposite the Taj Mahal. His son usurped him and put him under house arrest, thwarting his plans. (Dysfunctional families were at work then, too.) Shah Jahan was instead buried next to his wife, in the same chamber in the Taj Mahal. In this way, perhaps his son’s Game of Thrones-style move placed Jahan even closer to his wife in the end, achieving his original wish to be with her in eternity.

Taken on our @gadventures #GForGood trip in India and Nepal. #sponsored
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#tajmahal #agra #gadventures #gwanderers #lppathfinders


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A city walk in Delhi, India guided by former street kids: unconventional and worthwhile. Here’s the full(er) story: .

Anny, pictured, guides us through a narrow alley near Delhi railway station. Her personal story is one of having been orphaned at five years old. For the last ten years she has lived in a shelter run by @salaambaalaktrust, a local organization providing support, education and training to children who once lived their lives day and night on the street.

First, any guesses why tiles of different religious symbols might be affixed to this wall? Hint: it has nothing to do with what’s inside the building. (We’ll answer later in the comments.) .

Besides sharing her knowledge of Delhi, Anny also shares the background and story of street children in India - the various ways many of them end up on the street, their survival tactics, the ways they spend the money they make and steal, and their dreams. .

This @planeterracares project together with Salaan Baalak Trust offers youth the opportunity for English language courses and training in guiding and tourism. The goal: to build new confidence and give practical skills and experience in preparation for the time they must leave the shelters (at 18 years old) and they begin seeking employment.
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Most @gadventures tours that go through Delhi include these city walks. So the kids get lots of practice. The money earned from the tours becomes a steady source of funding for Salaam Baalak Trust to expand its work with street children, too.
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Another example where tourism helps to open avenues of opportunity and support to disadvantaged youth. .

Our journey in India and Nepal continues with a special #GForGood trip focused on visiting social enterprises and community projects. #sponsored .
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#gwanderers #gadventures #socialenterprise #thisissustainable #delhi #sustainabletourism #responsibletravel


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When communities get involved in tourism, it's incredible to see the ripple effect. In the Nepalese town of Panauti, a homestay program is helping change lives - and giving visitors an amazing experience.

The community has developed a hiking trail, offers cooking classes in local homes, and also has accommodation with families.

With regular tours from @gadventures, money is going to the host families but also to the broader community to fund things like scholarships.

#gwanderers #GforGood


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Spice markets make for a brilliant mini-adventure exploration no matter where you travel. India is no exception — spice browsing and shopping here never disappoints. .

Wandering, questioning, exercising curiosity, perhaps adding something familiar and needed, or unfamiliar and unknown to one’s spice rack back home. For as many times as we’ve been to India, we always discover something new or encounter something unusual. And, we always meet someone interesting.⠀

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The spread of stalls across Shimla’s lower bazaar features sacks and tins, and ancient wooden racks, drawers and dividers that ought to have a voice so that they might tell us their stories. Colors are earthy and bright, chili peppers of the deepest red, turmeric otherworldly yellow. Scents waft among it all. The whole and the ground; the sweet and the pungent; the blended and the masala’d — all of which makes Indian food so delicious and complex.⠀
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Taken on our @gadventures journey through northern India. #sponsored⠀.⠀
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#shimla #simla #himachal #himachalpradesh #lpfood #spices #foodie #gwanderers #gadventures #lppathfinder #discoverearth #neverstopexploring #travelunscripted #incredibleindia


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Qom grand bazaar  is a historical bazaar located in Qom, Iran. The bazaar dates back to 400 years ago. It’s located in the downtown of Qom and has roofless halls. 🖤💕
#miladtower #iran #tehran 😍🇮🇷 #Persia #MiddleEast #Iranian #LoveIran #LoveTravel #Persian #tehran #isfahan #vscoiran #gadventures #gwanderers @gadventures
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Around the bend on the Shimla - Kalka narrow gauge “toy” train, approaching one of the 103 tunnels along the journey.⠀
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Built in the late 19th century, this narrow gauge railway serves up a journey which winds itself through the hills of Himachal Pradesh, often twisting and turning back on itself in feats of navigation and engineering. At almost 100 km, this 5 hour train ride is one of the most scenic, ambling and pleasant in India. Stops in several stations offer ample opportunities for milk tea and snack breaks along the way.⠀
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One of the key reasons we chose this @gadventures tour in northern India: trains.
We are big fans of train travel (yes, we know we are in good company). It’s easily our favorite mode of travel in India, as there’s so many more experiential dimensions than just getting oneself from point A to B. Even tea time on the train — with so many versions of masala chai across the various stops and sharing samosas we’d stocked up on earlier that morning in Shimla — makes for something special.⠀#sponsored
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#Shimla #himachal #himachalpradesh #gwanderers #gadventures #lppathfinder #discoverearth #neverstopexploring #travelunscripted #incredibleindia #trainspotting #trainstagram


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My short trip continues to see some of the social enterprises that @gadventures supports with its tours.

In Nepal, we start in the World Heritage Site of Kathmandu's Durbar Square, where a monk waits for alms as the pigeons fly around him.

#gwanderers #GforGood


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At sunrise, the Taj Mahal is not nearly as crowded as usual. There are even some pockets of the site where you are almost alone!

Sadly it's just a short trip to India for me this time. Next I'll be bringing you some stories from Nepal!

#gwanderers #GforGood


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The town of Shimla in the late afternoon light.⠀
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Once the summer capital of British India, Shimla today is a bustling hill town filled with promenades, markets, and fascinating stretches of colonial Victorian architecture. With Shimla’s cooler temperatures and views of the Himalayas, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular destination, especially for Indian travelers. Besides offering several stretches of laneway bazaars, a laid back spice market and even a craft brewpub,
Shimla makes for a fitting way to wind down our @gadventures journey in Himachal Pradesh. #sponsored
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Asif takes us on a tour of the streets around Delhi's main train station. And he knows them well - he was homeless and slept on these streets from the age of 8 until 14!

Asif is now 19 and part of the Salaam Baalak Trust that trains former street kids to be tour guides. It gets support from @gadventures, which includes the tour in all of its Delhi trips.

These social enterprise projects are win-win. There's guaranteed customers for the kids and the tourists get a special authentic experience.

#gwanderers #GforGood


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A contemplative monk takes a moment outside the Buddhist temple at Rewalsar Lake -- near the town of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, India.⠀
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Legend has it that the great Buddhist teacher Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) took flight from Rewalsar to Tibet and spread Mahayana Buddhism there. Today, Rewalsar is a sacred lake for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists with temples from each religion ringing the water. Pilgrims circle around the lake, Mani prayer wheels in hand and prayers on their lips.⠀
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Given the surprised looks our @gadventures group received it doesn’t seem like many foreign travelers visit this sleepy pilgrimage town. However, that did not stop many of the locals from flashing us looks of kindness, smiles and waves, particularly as they gathered together with their friends on park benches at the end of the day. Perhaps an unlikely stop — one which helped break up our journey from Dharamshala to Shimla — but a peaceful and welcoming one. .⠀
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#himachal #himachalpradesh #gwanderers #gadventures #lppathfinder #discoverearth #neverstopexploring #travelunscripted #incredibleindia


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Yesterday you liked my Taj Mahal photo. Will you like this one too?

The Taj Mahal is beautiful - but beauty comes in many forms. 10 minutes after seeing the famous site, we visited the Sheroes Cafe, which is run by female victims of acid attacks.

These women were once too ashamed to even leave the house - now they happily meet tourists every day because @gadventures brings its groups here.

It's this incredible idea of social enterprise that I'm focussing on in India and Nepal this week.

#gwanderers #GforGood


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The highlight of each trip to Bhutan 🇧🇹 was in the end also one of mine: the Tiger's Nest Monastery is nothing short but stunning!
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Located on precarious cliff at 3,120 metres this temple🏯 has become the cultural icon of Bhutan: this is where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country.
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#sponsored #gwanderers #gadventures #bhutan #himalayas


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🐬 Dolphins are non-human persons. They bring out very special, warm, loving, tender feelings💕
I saw the dolphins before as well, but never so close like this time ! Thanks my friends and my #new friend Roman (the Marine mammal trainer) from #Ukraine for giving me such an incredible experience with dolphins 🤩! I was amazed by the dolphin‘s speed, grace and agility as they perform fast swims, high jumps and other breathtaking behaviours. I enjoyed this rare opportunity to touch the sleek and playful animal, I had a famous 😘 💋 dolphin kiss and 🤗 Hug ! .
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Couldn’t resist hitting the mountains outside of Dharamshala. Although it and the nearby town of McLeod Ganj are most known as the home of the Dalai Lama and Tibetans refugees, we found ourselves drawn to press deeper into the nearby mountains.⠀

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Pictured here is the view from Triund Hill (2,800 meters / 9,200 feet), including sweeping views of the Dhauladhar Range. This is the reward for a day hike up a fairly well-defined but rocky path from McLeod Ganj through Dharamkot. Definitely worth the steep climb and the 20km round trip of hiking. This is quintessential Himachal Pradesh, India.⠀

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Taken on our @gadventures trip through northern India. #sponsored
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#himachal #himachalpradesh #gwanderers #gadventures #lppathfinder #discoverearth #neverstopexploring #travelunscripted #incredibleindia #trekking #hiking


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One of the most famous buildings in the world - and finally I've been able to see it for myself!

This week I'm in India and Nepal to learn more about the local communities that benefit from the @gadventures tours that come through the region.

First, though, let's just admire the beauty of this universal symbol of love - the Taj Mahal!

#gwanderers #GforGood


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Iguazu betyr "stort vann" på Guaraní-språket. Naturkreftene brøt opp jordskorpen for millioner av år siden, og dannet den U-formede "Djevelen munn" hvor Iguazú Falls stuper brutalt utenfor Paraná-platået. 275 fossefall utgjør dette natturnderverket. Naturkreftene er så intense at du kan høre vannmassene og se vannsprøyten på flere killometers avstand. 80% av fallene ligger i Argentina 🇦🇷 mens 20% ligger i Brasil 🇧🇷 Det er noe helt spesielt med å komme så tett på naturkreftene. Det er ikke høyden på Iguazú som slår deg tilbake, men den omfattende størrelse. Verdens vakreste landegrense?

#iguazúfalls #iguazú #argentina #brazil #experienceargentina #visitargentina #argentinaig #visitbrasil #experiencebrazil #lovebrazil #brasil_greatshots #waterfalls #cataratasdeliguazú #fozdoiguaçu #7naturalwonders #nature #passionpassport #traveling #travelphotography #great_captures_brasil #wonderful_places #wondersofbrazil #southamerica #visitsouthamerica #discoversouthamerica #sur_america #kilroynorway #gadventures #gwanderers


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Heading into the hills. As you depart the lowland plains of Amritsar and head into the hills of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the journey begins to switchback wind its way up into mid-mountain territory. Temperatures dip a bit, air freshens. .

And the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas and Ladakh begin to reveal themselves in the distance, accompanying us on our drive to Dharamshala and Mcleod Ganj.⠀

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Taken on our @gadventures journey through northern India. #sponsored
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I was once told, if you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave. So I did. I ran away🏃🏻‍♀️
#alhamdulillah
#iran #tehran 😍🇮🇷 #Persia #MiddleEast #Iranian #LoveIran #LoveTravel #Persian #tehran #persepolis #vscoiran #gadventures #gwanderers @gadventures
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One of the most remarkable features of the Golden Temple at Amritsar is its langar, a kitchen serving free hot meals to 60,000-100,000 people each day. The scale of food service here boggles the mind.⠀
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Also remarkable: food preparation and service is accomplished mainly by volunteers, with ingredients and money donated by members of the community. Seva, or "selfless service," is a key precept of the Sikh religion. The Golden Temple attracts volunteers from all over India, and the world. Here, you see a volunteer manning one of the many cauldrons employed in the preparation of daal (lentils).⠀

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During our morning tour, our local guide took us through the kitchen area to witness volunteers preparing for the breakfast shift. Everyone worked side by side — from fire-stoking to chapati-making to dish washing — focused solely on serving others. The atmosphere, humbling. The rhythm, meditative.⠀

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Taken on our @gadventures tour of northern India. #sponsored
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#Amritsar #punjab #goldentemple #goldentempleamritsar #gwanderers #gadventures #lppathfinder #discoverearth #neverstopexploring #travelunscripted #incredibleindia


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