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11 October 2017 / leggypeggy

Off on the next adventure

Northern Lights in Alaska 2016

Northern Lights in Alaska 2016

Northern Lights in Alaska 2016

Poor John and I are sitting in Sydney Airport. In less than an hour we’ll be on the way to Shanghai, China.

Over the next six weeks we’ll be in Xian and Beijing, then on the Trans-Mongolian Railway. That 19-day train ride will include stays in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, as well three stays in Russia—Irkutsz, Moscow and St Petersburg.

Then we stop in Sweden before 10 days in glorious Iceland. The saying goes that Iceland is green and Greenland is ice.

We’ll be staying with special friends and hope to see the Northern Lights. We saw them a  in Alaska early last year and all the pics are from that trip.

I’ll post as often as I can, but no guarantees. Internet connections are likely to be rare.

Apologies in advance if you don’t see much of me on your blogs.

Northern Lights in Alaska 2016

Northern Lights in Alaska 2016

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  1. Christopher Bartlett / Oct 11 2017 4:24 pm

    Where in Alaska did you see them?

    Best regards,

    Christopher Bartlett

    Managing Director, Indigo Safaris Ltd.

    http://www.indigosafaris.com

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  2. IreneDesign2011 / Oct 11 2017 4:27 pm

    This is really beautiful, Peggy 🙂

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  3. gerard oosterman / Oct 11 2017 4:47 pm

    There I was only yesterday trying poached eggs, and now I have to cope with your whirlwind Trans-Mongolian Railway adventure.

    Far out Peggy!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 3:15 am

      Thanks Gerard. Sorry to keep you on the hop. 🙂

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  4. sunnydaysinseattle / Oct 11 2017 4:52 pm

    Enjoy! I’ve travelled on that train many many years ago on my way to study in Finland. Would be interesting to hear about your experience.

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  5. Vero and Canito in the kitchen / Oct 11 2017 5:05 pm

    Have a great trip 😉 You may be lucky and see them, the timing is good 😉 you pictures are beautiful. I remember our trips to Iceland and this amazing experience ☺️

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  6. lmo58 / Oct 11 2017 5:33 pm

    All the best for happy and safe travels. I can’t wait to read and see all about it in your inimitable style with wonderful photos.

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  7. thewonderer86 / Oct 11 2017 5:33 pm

    Enjoy. Looking forward to reading about it – eventually!

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  8. Derrick / Oct 11 2017 5:43 pm

    I’ll be following you through you blog and camera lens (as usual)
    Have a great trip, and as usual you know you are making me very jealous

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  9. Vicki / Oct 11 2017 5:49 pm

    Safe travelling, Peggy. That train ride sounds like a winner already. I’m envious of the Sweden/Iceland segment.

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  10. derrickjknight / Oct 11 2017 6:00 pm

    Great pics. Enjoy your trip

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  11. Osyth / Oct 11 2017 6:16 pm

    Je vous souhaiterez un très bon voyage! That is indeed an awe inspiring list of places that you will be visiting. I love Russia which is something I seldom shout about but as you, wise traveler know, it is not the politics that make the country. There is also the possibility that I will be in China in the next few weeks …. ekes gazikes, we might bump into each other – hey it’s only a vast land … surely two little pinpricks might! Its all up in the air at the moment and slightly dependent on the timings of the Husband with Two Brains’ next trip to Greenland (where he is building an observatory. As you do). Anyway enough of my ramblings about little miss me, me, me – the main thing is lovely miss you, you, you and Poor John and the fact that I wish you a fabulous trip and want you to know that I will miss you whilst you are gone. So there 🌸

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 3:26 am

      When you get to China wave regularly and furiously. I’ll do the same and perhaps we will find one another. By the way, Poor John also has two brains.

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      • Osyth / Oct 12 2017 4:25 am

        Excellent … the Four Brains may be the key!!! X

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 6:00 pm

        I think four brains might be the answer.

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  12. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Oct 11 2017 6:38 pm

    The photos of the Northern Lights are so beautiful – it must have been spectacular to see them in person. Have a wonderful long adventure all over the world. I’ll see you when you are able to check in here.

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  13. Murray Foote / Oct 11 2017 8:09 pm

    Sounds like a great trip!

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  14. dinosaursdonkeysandms / Oct 11 2017 8:16 pm

    What an amazing trip! And I absolutely love these photos. The Northern Lights always look so magical, I’m hoping to see them one day. 🙂 Hope you have an amazing time. xxx

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  15. blondieaka / Oct 11 2017 9:10 pm

    Beautiful pictures Peggy have a safe trip and enjoy although I am sure you will…Look forward to seeing and hearing about your travels…Have fun !

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 3:23 am

      Pity you couldn’t meet us here in Bangkok Airport. We board our flight to Shanghai in 30 minutes.

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      • blondieaka / Oct 12 2017 11:42 am

        Oh! If I had known…Any excuse to hop on a plane to bangers…Have a wonderful time 🙂

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 5:55 pm

        We’ll be back through Bangers in the middle of November but the layover is short. Should we try to meet?

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  16. Victo Dolore / Oct 11 2017 9:11 pm

    What a trip! I hope you have a fantastic time. 🙂

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  17. joylovestravel / Oct 11 2017 11:35 pm

    Sounds like an amazing trip.

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  18. lexklein / Oct 11 2017 11:53 pm

    Oh, I am sorely jealous! The rail trip (that I’d LOVE to take), Sweden, and yes, glorious little Iceland. Have a great time!

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  19. gallivance.net / Oct 12 2017 1:18 am

    Peggy, Beijing is s big, busy, and noisy, but the museums and Forbidden city are fab. Also, The Xian Warriors are one of my favorite antiquities in the world, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Have a great trip. ~ James

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 3:21 am

      We are well-versed in the hubbub of Beijing, but Xian is new to us. Looking forward to it all.

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  20. pvcann / Oct 12 2017 1:40 am

    Not the worst airport I’ve ever been in, but Sydney isn’t the most exciting either, as airports go. My Son and his wife were in China not too long ago, the Forbidden City was teh place to be. Hope ytou have a wonderful time.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 3:20 am

      This is our third time to Beijing but a first to Shanghai.

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      • pvcann / Oct 12 2017 9:58 am

        Somehow missed that detail, you’ll definitely know what you’re up for

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      • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 5:56 pm

        So far, Shanghai seems to be all about shopping and that’s not our thing.

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  21. Phil Huston / Oct 12 2017 1:53 am

    Don’t eat it unless there’s pictures of what it is. The best thing about Greenland is that from the air it makes a great landmark. Be safe.

    Reporter: Tell me, how did you find America?
    John Lennon: Turned left at Greenland?

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 3:20 am

      Also useful to point to whatever is on the plate of the person at the next table.

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  22. theunassuminghiker / Oct 12 2017 2:19 am

    Looks like a great backdrop for Halloween. Love Iceland – enjoy your trip!

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  23. magarisa / Oct 12 2017 4:42 am

    Have a wonderful trip! I’ve seen the Northern Lights several times in Canada and Greenland, and they never get old for me.

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  24. Rhonda / Oct 12 2017 6:42 am

    Have a safe and fabulous trip.( No more getting knocked over.)
    Will catch up when you’re back, to hear all about it, I hope!

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  25. Curt Mekemson / Oct 12 2017 7:25 am

    A trip I have always dreamed about. Enjoy, Peggy. –Curt

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  26. Gilda Baxter / Oct 12 2017 7:45 am

    Fantastic travel plans…I loved Iceland. My husband and I spent 9 days in a camper van travelling the Ring-road around Iceland. Unfortunately we did not see the NL…I hope you will have more luck😄

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 6:09 pm

      It will be dark enough for them to be visible, so the rest will depend on the weather. Fingers crossed.

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  27. Brian Lageose / Oct 12 2017 8:53 am

    I’m very excited for you! 🙂

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  28. Oz's Travels / Oct 12 2017 9:22 am

    Doesn’t sound like much of an adventure 😉. Can’t wait to read about it.

    Great photos of the northern lights.

    Safe travels.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 6:10 pm

      Thanks so much. We’re excited about it all.

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  29. Chris Riley / Oct 12 2017 11:41 am

    Safe travels. Who has the dog?

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 6:11 pm

      Thanks. There are a couple of people staying in the house while we are away.

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  30. lmo58 / Oct 12 2017 12:21 pm

    No worries Peggy! You do more than anyone I’ve ever known and I still haven’t worked out how you do it! Do you want the glacé fruit cake again this year?

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 6:12 pm

      Libby says she wants to make a cake this year, but we’ll donate for a nun’s cake.

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  31. The Year I Touched My Toes / Oct 12 2017 6:31 pm

    Look forward to these posts Peggy. I am interested to see what you get up too, Safe travels to you both. Louise – still recovering from jet lag.

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  32. Louise M Oliver / Oct 12 2017 7:29 pm

    Will two cakes be too many? If you’re going to make a donation I’d prefer that you receive something and I’m happy to make one given that you’re such a busy household all year round. If so, which one would you like?

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 12 2017 7:42 pm

      Which ever you prefer to make. There are always hungry takers.

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  33. Brenda / Oct 12 2017 11:16 pm

    Have a magnificent time Peggy. Can’t wait to hear of your adventures.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 13 2017 12:20 am

      Thanks Brenda. Have spent a wonderful day sightseeing in Shanghai and the evening wrestling with WordPress and the internet in general.

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  34. susan@onesmallwalk / Oct 13 2017 1:55 am

    Already another adventure? I need to catch up with my reading of the last of the African one first 🙂 Safe travels – sounds wonderful.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 13 2017 9:53 am

      Oh, I still have almost a year’s worth of posts to write about Africa. I’ll never catch up.

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  35. Alison and Don / Oct 13 2017 5:45 am

    Oh this sounds like an amazing trip. Have a fabulous time!
    Alison

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  36. Catnip Blog / Oct 13 2017 7:45 am

    I am so relieved you are FINALLY off on another adventure since I am living vicariously through you and I’m tired of sitting and waiting!
    Have a safe trip.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 13 2017 9:55 am

      Oops, sorry to have dragged the travel chain. 🙂 Glad you are along for the ride.

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  37. Zambian Lady / Oct 13 2017 4:02 pm

    You really have to adopt me so that I go on your travels 🙂 Bon voyage

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  38. beetleypete / Oct 13 2017 9:12 pm

    Yet another amazing trip. I am so envious of your travels, Peggy. (Well, maybe not the camping, travelling in an old truck, or ‘roughing it’ in your inimitable style. 🙂 )
    The northern lights were visible last year here, twenty miles away, on the Norfolk coast. Unfortunately, I didn’t know until I watched the news the next day!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 15 2017 1:41 pm

      Thanks Pete. We’ve reached Beijing and are looking forward to starting the railway on the 17th. By the time we get to Iceland, we hope the Northern Lights are going strong most nights.

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  39. circusgardener / Oct 14 2017 4:08 am

    What a wonderful adventure! All the best on your travels. I look forward to regular updates.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 15 2017 1:42 pm

      Not sure how regular the updates will be. Finding decent internet is a huge challenge.

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  40. Aquileana / Oct 14 2017 12:58 pm

    So exciting!!!! 😀 wishing you a wonderful trip… Much love & all my best wishes 🙂

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  41. Paula / Oct 14 2017 10:51 pm

    How fun! Enjoy and be safe!!

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  42. eths / Oct 15 2017 10:08 am

    How beautiful!

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  43. jeanleesworld / Oct 15 2017 10:59 pm

    I once saw the Northern Lights while visiting my parents in North Dakota. I can’t wait to get the kids north enough to see them, too. 🙂 Blessings on your journey! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 16 2017 1:11 am

      Thanks Jean. We won’t be close to the Northern Lights until November, so plenty of time for the skies to get darker.

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  44. Nancy / Oct 16 2017 5:04 am

    Fabulous photos. What a wonderful journey you’re about to experience. Enjoy enjoy enjoy. ❤ looking forward to the fantastic tour will take us on upon your return. Wishing you safety and energy. That's the longest train ride I've ever heard of. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 16 2017 9:50 am

      Thanks Nancy. The journey, with three overnight stops, lasts for 19 days. I think only 10–11 nights are on the train. We’re trying to figure out how to cater for ourselves. I may lose weight. 🙂

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  45. mommermom / Oct 17 2017 1:39 am

    Safe travels. I really enjoyed your pictures and story of the Northern Lights last year. Hope you have a chance to see them again.

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 1:45 am

      I hope so too. We don’t reach Iceland until November, so we hope the sky is dark enough and the weather is good enough for a decent viewing.

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  46. Green Global Trek / Oct 17 2017 4:32 am

    What an exciting amount of travel both with regard to the particular places and amount of time…Look forward to reading all about it. Safe travels and enjoy enjoy.
    Peta

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 17 2017 10:57 am

      Thanks so much. We board the first train in about two hours.

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  47. forwardtogloryquartet / Oct 17 2017 6:14 am

    The grandeur continues! Say hi to the Ulans (Bator & Ude). P’raps a vodka with Vlad?? If you happen to stroll through the all-star cemetery in Moscow and happen to run into Dmitri Shostakovich, please give him my best! Also, Reykjavik in November is most pleasing. Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport is positively therapeutic. Gullfoss is profound. Joyful travels to you both!

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  48. Valentina / Oct 17 2017 8:19 pm

    I have just been to Iceland..loved it!!However, I didn’t get to see the Northern Lights and I am quite sad 😦

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 19 2017 1:26 am

      So glad you liked Iceland, but sorry you didn’t get to see the Northern Lights.

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  49. ostendnomadography / Oct 17 2017 11:36 pm

    this pics are beautiful! enjoy your trip

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  50. suzlearnsfrench / Oct 21 2017 11:44 pm

    What an amazing adventure you have planned – hope to hear all about it and looking forward to the photos. The Trans Siberian Railroad – wow!!

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  51. Jadi Campbell / Oct 23 2017 6:11 pm

    Happy Trails!!!

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  52. Sulaiman Hafeez / Oct 27 2017 1:32 am

    Great pictures 👏👏

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  53. lgmcgee92 / Oct 30 2017 5:49 am

    Sounds like a fantastic adventure! When you have some time I’d be grateful if you would check out my blog at mcgeetraveltales.com. Thank you and safe travels!

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    • leggypeggy / Oct 31 2017 3:54 am

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ll check out your blog now and look more closely when I’m home and have a more reliable connection.

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  54. MichaelStephenWills / Oct 31 2017 6:46 am

    Bon Voyage, Peggy.

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  55. ksbeth / Oct 31 2017 7:53 pm

    have an amazing time –

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  56. Julie Whitney / Nov 23 2017 6:46 am

    Beautiful pix! Iceland was one of our favorite trips ever. We saw the Northern Lights and I almost started crying. Haha Have a great trip!

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 23 2017 11:30 am

      We loved Iceland too, and saw the Northern Lights twice! I wrote about them here. They weren’t quite as large or as ongoing as the sightings in Alaska, but still breathtaking.

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  57. Shayann Michaela / Dec 4 2017 5:23 am

    These pictures are amazing!!

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  58. Kelly MacKay / Dec 6 2017 1:08 pm

    have an awesome trip. looking forward to future posts

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    • leggypeggy / Dec 6 2017 11:38 pm

      Thanks so much. Hope you are able to follow along.

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  59. nathansnirvana / Dec 12 2017 12:00 pm

    What a busy schedule you have, it sounds amazing!

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