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Maria Alexandra Laborde
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Taiwan interesting facts and STUNNING aerial photos from 30,000 feet #Taiwan   #photography  

My latest post on the blog, check it out by clicking on the link below!

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First-time Koh Samui: Must-sees + some off-the-beaten-path gems!

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First-time Koh Samui visitor? Check out my guide, including where to stay, must sees, and even some off-the-beaten-path gems. CLICK for PHOTOS, too
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First-time Bangkok visitor? Find out what are the must-sees, including top districts and markets. Better yet, discover some quirky Bangkok sites as well!

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First-time Bangkok visitor? Find out what are the must-sees, including top districts and markets. Better yet, discover some quirky Bangkok sites as well!
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Learn more about Mecca, its Grand Mosque, and Islam's history on my latest post :)

#travel   #Islam   #Mecca  
According to English language dictionaries, a “mecca” is some place where large sums of people get together—but it’s almost an offen
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Pamukkale: My heaven on Earth

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Is this Eden? When I first saw photos of Pamukkale Turkey, I couldn’t stop smiling. It was my childhood vision of what heaven would look l
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Sulawesi, Indonesia was incredible. Look at the pics + read about it on my latest article for Wandering Trader.com!

#Travel   #Indonesia   #diving   #expat  
Sulawesi attractions: the magical North. This is a guest post from friend and fellow travel blogger Maria Alexandra from LatinAbroad.com. Right in the middle of The Coral Triangle in Indonesia lies Sulawesi, the 11th largest island in the world. With over 600 different species of coral and more than 3000 different fish species, its waters are, [...]
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I'd traveled a lot before I even started my blog. It was the owner of Wandering Trader.com, Marcello, who pushed me to start writing about my adventures! we're old college friends :)
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Heading to the Gulf of Thailand? Check out my handy guide, including Koh Samui and Koh Tao!

Must-sees: and some stunning hidden gems #kohsamui   #Thailand  
First-time Koh Samui visitor? Check out my guide, including where to stay, must sees, and even some off-the-beaten-path gems. CLICK for PHOTOS, too
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Bangkok foodie guide: 10 dishes + spots I plan to try this summer!

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A brief Bangkok foodie guide, including 10 must-try dishes for first-time Thailand visitors. Spot addresses, photos, and extra references included.
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i FREAKING LOVE NUDIBRANCHES <3

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The other day I caught up with a diver and amazing macro underwater photographer, Robert Koslawsky from Israel. His photography, mostly from the Eilat area, is so amazing that I just had to feature some of it here on Frontiers Unrated. Since I love nudibranchs, and my camera is never good enough to properly capture these …
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Indonesia's bizarre underwater world: Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi

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Lembeh Strait diving changed my perspective not only as a diver, but as a traveler. An eye-opener about unknown worlds! Click here for diving VIDEO, PHOTOS
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I have not. But I only recently got PADI certified so I definitely will when I'm back. As far as advice goes, sure, drop me an email as the time gets nearer. I'll be around.
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Quirky Washington DC spots: photos, details of our most well-known favorites!

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#DC   #foodies   #traveltips   #USA  
Photo essay of our favorite quirky Washington DC spots. From foodie havens and unique accommodation to the history of the real James Bonds. CLICK here!
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Africa: Where all languages came from. Fascinating read

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Scientists say they have traced the world's 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single
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Translator, travel writer & digital marketing manager
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digital marketing, social media management, translation, newsletters, blogging, basic SEO, Spanish, basic Bahasa Indonesia, basic Arabic, networking, tourism PR
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  • LatinAbroad.com
    Founder & Editor-In-Chief, 2011 - present
  • TravelTheMiddleEast.com
    Founder & Editor-In-Chief, 2011 - present
  • Freelance Social Media Manager
    2014 - present
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    2012 - 2013
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    2010 - 2012
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Author of two travel sites, nomadic translator & freelance travel writer, sprinkling Latin spice RTW!
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An open-minded, highly-energetic woman with the spirit of a child. A world citizen, Puerto Rican at heart, carrier of an American passport (and all of its wonderful rights). Editor-in-Chief of two travel sites, adventure junkie, nomadic translator & polyglot-in-training, sprinkling Latin spice all over the world!
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Tampa, FL - Caguas, Puerto Rico - Cairo, Egypt - Ifrane, Morocco - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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First-time Bangkok: Must-Sees (and Some Quirks)
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First-time Bangkok visitor? Find out what are the must-sees, including top districts and markets. Better yet, discover some quirky Bangkok s

Lembeh Strait Diving: A Bizarre, Magical World
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Lembeh Strait diving changed my perspective not only as a diver, but as a traveler. An eye-opener about unknown worlds! Click here for divin

Quirky Washington DC Spots: Our Favorites
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Photo essay of our favorite quirky Washington DC spots. From foodie havens and unique accommodation to the history of the real James Bonds.

World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists
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Scientists say they have traced the world's 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single

Sulawesi Attractions: The Magical North - WanderingTrader: Travel Blog. ...
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Sulawesi attractions: the magical North. This is a guest post from friend and fellow travel blogger Maria Alexandra from LatinAbroad.com. Ri

How and Why I Moved to Indonesia: My Story (VIDEO)
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How and why I moved to Indonesia? This video talks a bit about myself, background, how and why I ended in Malang, East Java. -More adventure

​Things to do in Nicaragua: Costa Rica's Underrated Neighbor
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Nicaragua vs Costa Rica: common Central American dilemma. Discover the things to do in Nicaragua and why a trip there is a better decision f

Orlando for Foodies Guide: Cities Less Traveled
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Featuring Orlando for Foodies: because the Floridian city is more than theme parks! Orlando restaurant picks, part of the Cities Less Travel

Costa Rica Waterfall Rappelling [VIDEOS]: My Experience
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Wow, I gave Costa Rica waterfall rappelling a try at the Osa Peninsula! Scary, exhilarating, insane. Watch VIDEOS captured with my goPro by

My Travel Channel Host Audition | Vlog #1 (VIDEO)
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Recently, I was flown to New York for a Travel Channel Travel Host screen test. I know a lot of you are curious how it went. Hours before my

Costa Rica itinerary: Adventure, sustainable tourism in 9 days
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My sample Costa Rica itinerary: 9 days of adventure, sustainable tourism. From hiking active volcanoes by San Jose to relaxing by unspoiled

Nicaragua itinerary: Volcanoes, beaches, sustainable lodging
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Sample Nicaragua itinerary: DETAILS of my adventurous, yet relaxing trip. 8 days ~1 week all over the country before hitting Costa Rica. -PH

A Serene Sunrise in Venice
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This sunrise in Venice was capped off with a pleasant surprise. The massive sail boat passing in the distance was something that I have been

Sidi Bou Said attractions: Tunisia’s Mediterranean gem
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I have talked about the beauty of Essaouira, Morocco countless of times. Its Islamic architecture, mixed with white-washed buildings and pop

Tipi Jungla: Authentic Jungle Tipis in Costa Rica
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Discover the enchanting world of Tipi Jungla. Three tipis deep in the Costa Rican jungle are the ideal way to unplug, unwind and get in touc

Puerto Rican Wedding Customs and Traditions
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How's a Puerto Rican wedding different from any other? Today I share Puerto Rican wedding customs and traditions as I plan my sister's day

What Is Trader Joe's Hiding?
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Food Babe Investigates: What Is Trader Joe's Hiding?

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Creative Revolution Retreats is born! We reveal the location of this exciting writer's retreat.

I'm moving to INDONESIA, studying in Malang! Got any tips for me?!
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I got the Darmasiswa scholarship and will be moving to Indonesia to study Bahasa Indonesia in Malang (UMM) for 1 year! Got any tips for me?

it's really sad: you can order the same sandwich 3 times in one night and every single time it WILL be different, ranging from really good to awful. So imagine my surprise when I wanted to replicate a great experience eating one of their smoked beef sandwiches on a previous visit.. then was given stale bread (and a COMPLETELY different type of bread, mind you!) plus different toppings. Umm, what? Unfortunately, lack of consistency when it comes to food is a common problem in restaurants throughout Indonesia, although even more so at this establishment. I also tried their spaghetti (sauce was way too sweet, not good), waffles (kind of decent), and hot chocolate (the ONLY thing I highly recommend: incredible! They actually melt real chocolate bars to make it). Place is tiny/arrow so not recommended for big groups unless you go to the 2nd floor. Even so, can get uncomfortable if there are other visitors at the time. all in all, just another place where you can get beer in Malang - with some decent waffles and delicious hot chocolate. In the end, just average given all the negatives...but there's so many other places to eat and have a beer that I had to give it 2 stars, given the competition. now I go to Monkey Garage on Soekarno Hatta instead
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
From the friendly, attentive staff both in and out of the water, in and outside the villa; to the great variety and high quality of its food. I mean WOW. This was truly a treat for me as I’m currently a student in East Java… And I can confidently say they could charge more than they do given what you get. FOOD: I’ll start with the cuisine because I was incredibly deprived back in the town I live in East Java. Not only is the menu surprisingly extensive, but everything is à la carte and made-to-order. For breakfast, you get to pick TWO entrees (which you probably will be unable to finish). After trying several dishes, I highly recommend you order the breakfast KBR—but switch the bread for their homemade croissant, pick sausage as your meet, then ask for an extra order of their homemade smoked bacon as your 2nd entrée (see the attached picture - you will thank me later). For lunch and dinner, selections are quite similar. Each is 3-course (app, main, dessert), NO buffet. You get to pick from local Minahasan delicacies, in addition to some American, Italian, Japanese, and even Chinese and Brazilian dishes. Saturdays are pizza nights, by the way. I stayed there for 6 days and tried something different 95% of the time. My only complaints are the veggie burger and Thai chicken salad—not that great. EVERYTHING else I had though was incredibly delicious. Some of my favorites and must-tries: Minahasan fish curry (fresh tuna or mahi-mahi), chimichanga lunch, fish in coconut sauce (a.k.a. Brazilian curry, quite different from Minahasan, also worth a try), woku belanga, and Minahasan calamari. DIVING: it is a dive resort after all, so I should share next how the incredible staff at the dive shop quickly changed my perspective as a diver and made me fall in love with the microorganisms and magic of muck diving. It was my first time diving outside colorful coral walls, so Lembeh was a land for of surprises for me. The guides are SO GOOD at finding these colorful little fellas—I felt like a child, full of wonder, discovering a world so foreign to me. In fact, now I think I prefer muck diving over what I saw in Bunaken! Please note though, Lembeh is NOT just muck diving: we hit a variety of sites that mixed coral rubble and even some wonderful coral walls such as Angel’s Window and California Dreaming. Even the house reef was full of beauty. ROOM/VILLA: wow wow wow. And wow again. I had a traditional villa: a tad big for a solo traveler like myself, but the desk and living area were so inviting that I found myself having my afternoon tea/writing frequently inside my villa (hard decision to make when you have equally-stunning views from the restaurant). By the way, coffee and tea are unlimited and included in the price: you may order any time and have it delivered to your villa. I highly recommend their ginger tea, with fresh chunks of ginger in the pot. Mmmm. STAFF and GROUNDS: BEARY! Wow, I’ve never met such a sweet, dedicated manager. He carefully went through everything I would ever need to know about the resort upon arrival/check-in—and I saw him doing the same with other travelers that arrived shortly after I did. The rest of their staff were just as attentive and sweet—without being intrusive. They really got a kick out of me being able to speak Bahasa Indonesia, so pleasant to practice with them! Another great thing I have to say about the staff: I saw many of them cleaning the debris that would wash up to the shore of the resort’s beach. Sometimes trash from the mainland once up here, but they make sure staking out of site ASAP. Another wonderful thing to see. What else can I say? I was truly enchanted by KBR. Then, their sweet goodbye song?! I was a mess on the way to the airport! Really, my heart was aching as I was driving away from this paradise. I cannot wait to go back, hopefully with a fiancé or husband then, so I get to relive, to SHARE the beautiful magic of KBR. Terima kasih banyak semua!
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
I had to completely change gears and perspective when moving from the Kungkungan Bay Resort in Lembeh to Living Colours in Bunaken. In an odd way, I felt like I was transported back to Costa Rica—the mangroves, the jungle, the critters. I truly felt close to nature, but I’m not sure whether I was prepared for the reality of it coming from an air-conditioned villa that kept all that away. ROOM/ACCOMMODATION: The cabins ooze some type of “rustic comfort” -- desk; spacious, beautiful rock bathroom; comfortable bed with mosquito netting (which had few holes on them, but as soon as I told Mia about it, she had someone go and stitched them right up). Please note though that the cabins only carry fans, hot water is delivered by a traditional heater and rooms are not completely sealed off, so critters can easily crawl in and out of your bedroom and bathroom. Accordingly, the resort provides insect repellent both for your room (the big bottle that could be confused for OFF!) and your body (the pink bottle lotion). I actually only used the mosquito repellent lotion and didn’t see any unusual critters inside my cabin other than geckos, mops, butterflies, and the huge crab that surprised me in the shower haha! Scary at first, but all I had was to sprinkle a bit of water on it for it to crawl right out. All in all, I slept well my whole stay as it never got too hot with the fan as nights were fresh (plus the mosquito netting and lotion kept the mosquitos at bay). DIVING: I went during the low season (around Christmas), and was told by a visiting dive master and fellow traveler that Bunaken wasn’t nearly as good/alive as it is in the summer months (she got certified here in July and said it was a different story then). Still, I saw a great amount of life and probably the greatest variety of coral I will ever see in my life. Many schools of glassfish, reef sharks, tuna, too many giant turtles to count, and even a yellow box fish hiding in a cranny that talented guide Fickly was perusing in order to find me some more nudibranchs to look at. I can’t complain, at all. FOOD: I never thought buffet food could be so good. Seriously. Every day we had some kind of incredible curry, chicken, fish, about 2 different kinds of vegetables and tofu or tempeh. I love how it was mostly local dishes with a slight twist to a piece Western palates. Everything was so delicious. Some of my favorites include the pumpkin curry and the Indian yellow curry. Just really really good! STAFF: I kept debating whether to give the resort either 4 or 5 stars, but after constantly thinking of sweet owner Mia, always so attentive making sure there are no problems with your room and you’re having a great time, to the laid-back dive instructors, guides, and even kitchen staff… I just couldn’t give the property any less than 5. In conclusion: From the moment you step out of the boat and get the funny, unusual introduction by Mr. Al to the moment you have your first magical bite and change every single opinion you ever had about buffets, Living Colours was top-notch. Just make sure you come with the right expectations—or that this is the right place for the type of traveler you are—and you will have an unforgettable dive vacation.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Rincon on the Puntas Tree House surpassed our expectations in a way that I can barely describe. We came here to celebrate her 2nd year anniversary, rented the top floor, which Reno calls the honeymoon suite. WOW! Relaxing, romantic, private! The perfect getaway we both needed. --Private balcony with beautiful ocean view, satellite TV, kitchen to prepare our meals whenever we wanted to, so quiet we could hear the waves and ocean breeze when napping in the living room. --The bed in the bedroom is a little on the small side (full instead of Queen it seems like?), but it was very comfortable. -shower with hot water that came and went: normal in rural Puerto Rico, so get used to it! It's all part of the adventure ;) besides, it's too hot most of the time anyway --CLEAN, comfortable space for up to 4 people thanks to the 2 futons in the living room: but glad we had it just for the 2 of us ;D --LOCATION LOCATION: it can't get any better than this. SO many restaurants within a short walk or ride! Our favorite though was a bakery in the nearby town of AGUADA, called PANADERIA EILEEN: just follow 413 until you see it. DELICIOUS breakfast, CHEAP sandwiches for lunch, good coffee. The best! Also, Tamboo, just a few meters away from Puntas Tree House, has unbelievable views from the top floor and great cocktails --Reno, the owner, is EXTREMELY responsive: despite being quite the busy guy. Whenever we had issues with the Wi-Fi, where to find the keys/place them, etc., he always got back to us promptly. -IN SHORT, our first time in Rincon and 2nd-year anniversary were unforgettable thanks to Reno and the Puntas Tree House. We can't wait to get back: even though we might buy our own piece of heaven in this town! ;D
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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this place has SO much potential: great ambiance, decor, and seemingly-promising menu. However, when I received my curry parpaddelle pasta, it was terribly overcooked (super sticky) and for the incredibly high price for Malang, the meat sauce was really not that special. We did have to search downstairs and OMG that was foodgasm! I also had the ginger cappuccino I believe it was upstairs in the restaurant and WOW again. I almost gave them 4 stars instead of 3 because of this… But again, because of the prices, I couldn't. All in all, good place, they just have to either lower the prices a bit or work on the quality of the entrees to match current pricelist. Still unsure whether I want to go back for dinner… But certainly for dessert!
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
even if you THINK you don't like bar crawls, you will love PlayaCrawl. Each tour each night is tailored to customers. Thus, if the guide sees an older crowd, he will opt for the chill beach bars in Playa over the loud dance clubs. Our group last Saturday night, however, was of energetic partiers, so we headed to Kartabar, Mandala, Palazzo, and even a 4th club bonus (La Santanera). As the website duly advertises, the tour includes VIP wristbands and TRULY no wait in line for, open bar for 5 hours, visit at least 3 clubs (you spend about 1 hr, 20 min. at each), and bottle service in at least 2 of those venues. The best part? The one bar we didn't get bottle service at, we got 3 rounds of SHOTS, in addition to the 2-3 rounds of individual drinks we have time to order! Oh, and we even got to enjoy a belly dancer show! (this was at Kartabar btw) Considering how any given club charges (on average) US $45 for open bar (not including VIP treatment!), PlayaCrawl is a BARGAIN. It is not your fake Cancun VIP tour, in which the VIP line sometimes is longer than the regular line. Here, our group was passed to the very front as soon as we got to the entrance of each venue, were placed in a VIP seating area or booth, had our own dedicated waiters, and cups/bottles were never empty. I loved how we didn't feel rushed at all. We truly got to experience each and every venue; had a great taste of Playa Del Carmen nightlife. Given to the fact that venue selection changes every night and possibly every week, I can't wait to do it all over again when I go back to Playa Del Carmen! Thanks Jorge and Pepe! Had a blast! XOXO from LatinAbroad blog ;D
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I spent one night here and 2 nights at its sister property Aqualuna. SERVICE: The Xperience hospitality is infinite. The staff circulates between the properties, had the pleasure to deal with 3 of the same concierges. They really go out of their way to help you, beyond what was included on your rate card when you booked. I was really amazed. ROOM: Very luxurious for a great price. Very clean, too. The only "potential" issue is that the hotel is close to a busy street. I thought this could cause some noise, but if you close the door of your bathroom once you go to sleep, you won't hear a thing ;) plus free Wi-Fi, free computers with Internet in the lobby case you don't bring your own, got free breakfast, etc. Really great value LOCATION: Excellent, just a block from 5th Avenue and about 3 or so blocks from some of the best beach clubs/nightlife. Very easy, walking distance. Made exploring the city a breeze In short, another excellent stay with Xperience!
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