What to do in Puerto Vallarta #2

The Old Church
The Old Church
Inside the church
Inside the church
On our way up the mountain
On our way up the mountain
The silver mine owner's house
The silver mine owner's house
An old beer bottle - ceramic and really heavy!
An old beer bottle - ceramic and really heavy!
Restaurant
Restaurant
When the mines were active, armed gunmen where needed hidden in these high perches.
When the mines were active, armed gunmen where needed hidden in these high perches.

San Sebastian

Anytime you travel to a natural area surrounded by beaches and camping areas, you will be faced with so many excursions to choose from. Puerto Vallarta is an amazing place to visit! Here is some information about the things that we did to help you decide what to do while you are there. Of coarse, the beach, the pools, and shopping all get scheduled in, so what will you choose to do with the rest of your time?

For excitement and entertainment, I love Pirates of the Bay but for culture, I really enjoyed the excursion to San Sebastian. San Sebastian is a 16th Century Colonial village. As you travel over 4,000 feet up into the mountain, the views and climate change and you are transported into Mexico's history and culture.

A bouncy bus ride thru the mountains was great fun for us and the young children on board. We were able to see some of Mexico's plant life like the blue agave used to make tequilla, green agave used to make a drink called mescal and a honey, and Montezuma's Revenge which grows in the wild and has an interesting background story. One of our many stops was to a coffee farm. This was amazing for me because this is where I tasted the first black coffee that I ever liked! I had quite a bit of it and was happy to take some home with me. It was delicious! I am not a coffee drinker but this was amazing. We had an authentic Mexican lunch at a rustic restaurant, we went back in time when we visited the historic home of the mine owner which was filled with items from the past. Our last stop was to a local Tequilera. This is where tequila is made. We were able to see how tequila is made as well as taste a variety of different drinks. We also had the opportunity to purchase a bottle of tequila which was not mass produced. I liked that because we were able to support a local farm and tequilera. It was a really relaxing, nice day filled with stories of the past.

Kon Tiki Water Craft
Kon Tiki Water Craft
Take a horse to Quimixto
Take a horse to Quimixto
Entrance to the Quimixto Water Fall.
Entrance to the Quimixto Water Fall.
The restaurant on the fall.
The restaurant on the fall.

Kontiki Los Arcos, Las Animas, Quimixto

If you don't want the Pirate show, but are still interested in the beach activity, this excursion may be for you. It starts by boarding the water craft Kon Tiki. Once again, motion sickness pills a must for kids. The craft takes you out to a popular land mark in the ocean call Los Arcos. The arc shaped stone in the water offers fish a wonderful little heaven in which you are invited to snorkel. Las Animas is a remote beach where you can enjoy the sun and sand. Those who are interested can skip the beach and go on to Quimixto, which is what we did. You can hike up the dry sandy mountian or you can pay $15 for a horse. The trail ends at a restaurant on a waterfall.

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newenglandsun 3 years ago

Why a bikini?


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hahaha, Daniel. What kind of question is that? Um, why not a bikini? It is all I swim in.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

"why not a bikini?"

Well...as a guy I can say that bikinis tend to attract a lot of stares from us. In other words, it's so revealing.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Oh, I see... Well, I really never consider that when I dress. When it comes to swimsuits, the full ones rarely fit and often cause wardrobe malfunctions because I am short in the torso area. Besides that, I like myself as I am and I haven't wanted to buy fake boobs. One area or the other is always a little big on me. Hahaha.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Well that's good that you've never wanted to buy fake ones. I hate plastic on a girl. LOL.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLGmQzeSp24

It's called a tankini. Not a one-piece but not revealing like a bikini.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

http://www.amazon.com/JAG-Womens-Underwire-Tankini...

http://www.amazon.com/Women%60s-noble-Tankini-Desi...

See? Tankinis often cover just as much as one pieces but they are close to bikinis due to the fact they consist of both a top and bottom. So it's never bikini vs. one-piece.

Guys don't get too much choice when it comes to swimsuits. It's either speedo or swim-trunks, end of discussion.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

The whole plastic thing I find kinda sad. Its like we are being groomed to see one type as attractive and then developing a cookie cutter system for it.

Hahaha, I am sorry to disappoint but I think that the human body, both male and female, when properly cared for is a work of art. I don't look for or even notice attention but I wear what I like and what I am most comfortable in. The tankini looks like a t-shirt and underwear which translates into sleep wear to me, not swimwear. Besides, I have a collection of swimsuits already and shouldn't need to purchase one in a long time.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Yeah, I guess I can see that it can be interpreted like that.

Guys like me follow the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) rule. Jeans and a T-shirt is really all I ever wear except when running or hanging out inside the house.

Did your shoe end up in the ocean in that other picture?


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hahaha, no. I have yet to lose a shoe but now that I said it like this, it will surely happen. Lol.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

It won't hurt you to lose a shoe. You do have hundreds I assume since women typically do.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Wow.... how stereotypical... hahaha. I am not that shoe crazed girlie type. I have a bunch from trial and error ones looking for cozy ones when I used to work. I wear flip flops and sneakers mostly.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

It's not stereotypical if it's true.

Have a good night in your "t-shirt and underwear".


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

It is not true in every case. I had a friend accuse me of not being a woman or being a lesbian because of how much I go against stereotypes. It made for funny conversation and just shows that rules are much to confined to actually fit every situation.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

I know that :)


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Oh goodness, I forgot to mention how there is a counter-argument to that whole not fulfilling to their stereotypical roles. It's based on anatomy.

http://static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Female+Reproducti...


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Hey, you're the one who said "boobs".

You know, it's probably good we don't know each other in person. I'd probably get distracted talking with you too much.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Oh brother... hahaha, that picture... Really?! People are nutters.

I am sure we probably would but that is what makes a good life isn't...distractions? Otherwise it would just be stress and obligations.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

I guess by now, you've now learned that I'm a gynophobic nut-case.

You do have a point.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Although we could look at that picture and see the utter genius of the guy who pointed that grand anatomical comparison out to us.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Okay, I submit (to you again). But if our lives ever do cross paths with one another and we do meet each other in person, then I will be expecting you to buy me books to help advance my studies. And if that happens, then in return, I would have to take you here.

http://cdn.history.com/sites/4/2013/05/1471967017s...


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hahaha, I do not hold myself to expectations... The picture is lovely. I can really appreciate the art.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

It's the Sistine Chapel.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

I'd still take you there even if you didn't do anything for me.

My apologies. I feel like I'm falling in love with someone I haven't even met.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Yes the brilliant Michealangelo works of the late 1400's or so ... :)

Gorgeous. Learned about it in one of my favorite classes in college.

Your comment flattered me. There is no need to apologize.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

LOL. I thought the age difference would have freaked you out. That leads me to a new set of questions.

What college did you go to? What did you major in?

By the way, I might actually end up with two degrees, lol.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

How'd you like to visit one of these churches?

http://inhabitat.com/6-creepy-churches-made-of-bon...


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I don't mind the structure but for some reason I do mind that they are churches.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

The point is that death has nothing over us. It's already been defeated. That's what Halloween commemorates.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Halloween... another man made event. I suppose that I am feeding into the stereotype that churches are to be a source of hope and eternal life... It seems odd that one would be built from such a morbid truth even if it is intended to deliver the empowering message of deaths defeat.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Yes, but Halloween was created by Christians. If you feed into stereotypes, you will lose faith.


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Moms-Secret 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

My faith is so deeply seeded that it isn't threatened by much


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Same here. Although some stereotypes can be quite damaging at times.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Now that I think about it more, the bikini doesn't seem too immodest as I once thought. I guess it depends on the way one wears it. You wear it because you feel comfortable in your own body. I wish we all could feel comfortable in our own shells and not in someone else's.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

There are very few one pieces I like but there is one on my amazon wish list. I just don't need anymore swimsuits, lol. Everything depends on the intent and energy of the user/holder/wearer. I see the body as art and that is how I treat mine. I am not shy tho I am often modest because I don't like attention and I like to protect my art.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

The body is art. It should be treated as such.

You know, for some odd reason, I've pictured you as only wearing sports underwear due to more maneuverability.

I have over 850 items in my Amazon wishlist. I just keep saying, "Oh, I'll want to read that guy too!" and it keeps growing and growing and growing. I'll be dead no doubt before I read everything I want to read.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hahaha, I do prefer it... for maneuverability and the fact that I some are not confining. I have a wish list on there too although I do not really need to have it all.

A lover of books is a good thing/person. Who cares if you never read them all...


newenglandsun 2 years ago

I prefer 100% polyester boxers. They're also more breathable. I've tried the cotton briefs and boxer-briefs but they feel so limiting.

I just ordered several books. Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, and Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev are all in there. I like Russian philosophy whether it's political philosophy or philosophy of God (natural theology).


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hahaha, this comment makes it seems like you will now read them all in underwear. I thought that was hysterical. Thanks for the giggles.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

I *used* to go commando up until I finished middle school (primarily because there was no comfortable underwear). I always wear underwear at all times now. But I feel so cold when I wear nothing but underwear. So I prefer a t-shirt and pants as well. I *used* to wear only shorts.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ummm... ok. lol.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

Robert's probably laughing at this conversation. More at you though. I'm excused since I'm only 21, you...you're not.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Freedom is ageless and I am free...


newenglandsun 2 years ago

fair enough...

that evil, insidious time of the year is coming up again...


newenglandsun 2 years ago

i don't have any other right now so i hope you don't mind if i take you as my own without your permission...

happy valentine's day...awkward, sorry...


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

I have never been a replacement or place holder Valentine before. With so many levels of love to choose from, it as awkward as you think... Happy Valentine's Day Daniel. :)


newenglandsun 2 years ago

if so many levels of love, why was i only able to think of one...


newenglandsun 2 years ago

love has a way of being selective at times...you are a gentle, sweet, person, i respond to that gentleness...


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

because it is the only one that we are conditioned to find in order to find happiness... but there are so many others. Finding a combination of just a few could leave you fulfilled for life.

You flatter me with your description. Thank you :)


newenglandsun 2 years ago

idk.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

i'd hope the one i'm conditioned to find is a good catholic girl ages my senior with a lot of money.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Hahaha... is that all... good to have goals.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

she studies something in the area of liberal arts or theology.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

So you will have to meet her during your journey for knowledge... could be in college, could be when you start traveling after college.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

maybe in a country where it's legal to date your professors.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

never mind...i don't want to marry. i want to be a jesuit...idk.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Maybe you don't have to make the choice. What if you just walked forward blindly and see where your journey took you. I didn't ever plan on marrying and I don't see myself re-marrying but I don't believe in certainties and allow room for change should something or someone of great character present themselves.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

maybe it'll be a last minute decision--meet the perfect girl just as i am about to enter into the religious order--now, do i go with her or the religious order?

st. francis of assisi and st. clare come to mind.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

please stop reminding me that you're a...widow...it makes me sad that he's dead...


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

I hope that it isn't an ultimatum situation that you are put in. I was thinking that one story could lead you into another.

I didn't think I was reminding anyone that I was. I didn't mean to. I just meant that marriage in general was not something I was looking for.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

jesuits must be celibates. famous jesuits--karl rahner, st. ignatius of loyola, hans urs von balthasar, pope francis, francis xavier (famous for arizonans like myself--i went to san xavier del bac once), fr. frederick copleston, etc.

the female equivalent is generally considered to be the sacred heart (the society of jesus is all-male).

i remember how i used to think that catholics were into obstructing all sorts of human rights when i first encountered you (well--all christians for that matter). i guess my beliefs just evolved or developed.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Its not an obstruction if it is a choice made because it is a calling and not merely to achieve a prize or made out of fear...

Many make decisions because it represents how it is supposed to be (especially when it comes to marriage and family) and not actually based on what they want or what makes them happy.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

your statements ring so true. if i join a religious order, i am doing it because i want to become a servant unto others. people set up boundaries about marriage and family decisions often time don't even have families of themselves but have observed and determined that this is what should be. they are ethical decisions.

we've been reading about the jesuits recently in my witchcraft and christianity class--although our only references for early native american history come from jesuit missionaries, their stories of martyrdom and hardship from their perspective are beautiful.

the society of jesus is under the patronage of madonna della strada--our lady of the way.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

sorry, went over here for a while.

http://jessicahof.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/at-the-...

been talking with the author of the blog (as you can see from the comments section). well, at least i now have two who can prevent me from feeling lonely now (you and her). still nothing that can physically hold me though which is what i really need.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

No worries Daniel. It makes me happy that you have found another kindred spirit. It gives the glimmer that tho we are few and far between, it is not an impossibility. Soon you will run into one in the flesh and then you can make your decisions... or we all remain distant voices in your head.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

well, if i run into this one, i think i'll keep her but only as an aunt-figure.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Love comes in many levels and roles... I read a little of the link you sent. I like how she used perspective.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

i can be back now but only somewhat...i'm still trying to level down my computer/internet usage.

i'm happy that i can at least always bring a smile to your face though.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

Where is my queen when I need her to cyber-hold me? I'm in distress again, Legacy! They're all coming after me!


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Oh sorry newenglandsun. I have been distant. Just a lot going on.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

Auntie (Jessica) says they (the demons) are everywhere. They hate her much. She's gone away too so I've become remarkably disoriented this week.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

It is easy to get lost in the dark and lose faith in the light but one can't exist without the other and light, however small, looks so beautiful and powerful in the dark so long as you are not to tired to keep your eyes open.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

i nearly became so disoriented that week that i thought about jumping off my own balcony...

but i didn't fall asleep. your words breathe much hope into this weary one's soul.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

she lit candles for me in walsingham though...i'm planning on going to school where she lives so she'll be closer by.


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newenglandsun 2 years ago

Forgive me if this sounds awkward Lissette but if I did believe that marriage was my calling, I would want to marry you I think...


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Compliments are rarely awkward. Thank you.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

perhaps it could work out...if we lived near each other we'd most certainly become good friends and good friends can become lovers and...


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

There is a lot about me that you could accept as a friend. The person for you will not have to be changed to fit and would not have to change you either. Perhaps I am just an example of some cool things to look for in one that fits you best. Thank you for the compliments.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

You're also an intellectual. We could study together and strengthen our skills.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Intellectual... I like that description.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

Right now, I'm planning on going to the University of East Anglia (closer by to my godmother) to study philosophy and then I'm planning to study classics somewhere and then go into theology.


newenglandsun 2 years ago

I can no longer go on like this Lissette. I've found that I have grown attached to my friend recently and I need her. So I am going to propose to her when she returns from California.


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Moms-Secret 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

How did that go?


newenglandsun 20 months ago

terrible...but i think i'm making progress.


newenglandsun 20 months ago

not welll...sent her a picture of my arm after i cut it...she freaked out and called my parents.


newenglandsun 19 months ago

beat me in a game of chess, please. no going easy, no letting me win.

i play on shredderchess.net under the username newengland7 if you want a match there. otherwise, we can just do correspondence by calling our shots here.


newenglandsun 18 months ago

mind if i ask advice about awkward moments in relationships--last night, i noticed my friend was a little taller than me and i wanted to say that she was beautiful but i didn't and instead just said she was fine the way she was...what?


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Moms-Secret 18 months ago from Central Florida Author

I am most honest in written word but saying what you mean is always a good way to go. It seems that at times we will have to go back and clear things up sometimes anyway so may as well say what you mean.


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Moms-Secret 18 months ago from Central Florida Author

I would have to learn it first... and still have about a year of work ahead of me without breaks...


newenglandsun 18 months ago

I was playing against someone today and accidentally blundered one of my rooks away and so I was playing down an entire rook the entire game but I managed to get this passed pawn which I ended up promoting to a second queen and was able to beat my opponent in 44 moves. Quite a tough opponent in the hyper-modern style. I believe the opening was the queen's Indian attack. He was white and I was black. It was essentially a reversed queen's Indian defense. Which, when white fights black with a reversed Indian, it's called an Indian attack.

He resigned at move 44 after seeing one of my remaining passed pawns was about to promote (the promoted queen came off the board just afterwards but it translated into a winning end game for black as I captured both his queen and rook for my two queens).

I decided to make a double rook sacrifice in another game I played today in which I checkmated my opponent with all four minor pieces--two rooks and a bishop. I think the opening was Pirc defense.

Any way, she gave me two hugs. I like her hugs.


newenglandsun 18 months ago

I forgot to mention, one of my primary blitz opponents was only a week into playing when we started playing together. She beats me a lot in bullet.


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Moms-Secret 17 months ago from Central Florida Author

All this sounds so foreign to me. I can't even envision it. I find my lack of ability to be funny.


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newenglandsun 16 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or5h9Gls8uI

Also, I never got any feedback from you on my blog page about the piece movements in chess.


newenglandsun 15 months ago

The queen--the most powerful piece in chess.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh5z2YFBkHs

It frequently is sacrificed. Would you like to be the queen?


newenglandsun 15 months ago

Sorry--stupid question. Lissette is an Angel and a mother. Of course she would be the queen if she was a chess piece! The queen is a mother to all the other pieces (even the king) in my opinion going so far as to even give herself up voluntarily for the others.


newenglandsun 12 months ago

Back on topic...

Do you prefer Nike?

Asics?

http://www.amazon.com/ASICS-Womens-Stride-Running-...

Under Armour?

http://www.amazon.com/Under-Armour-Womens-Stretch-...

Or something else?


newenglandsun 11 months ago

happy new year.


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Moms-Secret 11 months ago from Central Florida Author

Happy New Year Daniel


newenglandsun 11 months ago

You creep me out...


newenglandsun 10 months ago

Been suffering discomfort with widows recently. Are you remarried yet?


newenglandsun 9 months ago

Hi Lissette--my godmother is rather embarrassed lately. She does not want to lead me into sexual temptation that I suffer but she also feels a constant urge to want to ask me what colour undies she should wear. How am I supposed to make her feel comfortable when she gets that urge? She's a few years younger than you are.


newenglandsun 9 months ago

I got the perfect name for your widowhood memoir--"Widows Wear Bikinis--Finding Sexiness and Confidence After Losing my Spouse"

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