Travels Through Morocco - Chefchaouen the Blue Pearl, The Final Chapter

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"Leaving this country was heartbreaking. What an adventure!"    

「  The City of Chefchaouen, Morocco  」

T H E   F I N A L   C H A P T E R


Dar Mounia, Chefchaouen
Sunday, 2 September 2018

It was my last night in Chefchaouen before my coach back to Fes to catch my flight the next evening. The passage of time while I spent my week here was strange - it was as if time itself stopped while in this magical place. It was incredibly calm and relaxed in Chefchaouen, where the locals didn't seem to mind the simple, chilled and laid back lifestyle. So much so that it almost seemed like all my troubles simply... vanished.

As part of my last day, I decided to wander into my local haunt, Place Outa el Hammam, which is the main square of the Chefchaouen's medina. After a quick mint-tea-break, I decided finally to enter the red-walled Kasbah that stood in front of the square. I have to admit, I thought it was sort of royal palace as I'd not seen many people go in and assumed entry was forbidden. There were no signs to say the cost, nor that it was visitor-friendly. Determined to make the most of my last day here, I ventured to the grand red-brick arch entrance and tentatively walked in. That was when I saw a small, discrete booth to my right. I ventured in, and paid a modest sum of 10 Dirhams, or about 1 USD to the sleepy guard in the booth and was let inside.

View of Place Outa el Hammam and Chefchaouen's Kasbah

No one was here, no visitors, no security, no one; apart from the lone cleaner slowly sweeping the fallen leaves on the red-brick path that encircled a grand water feature in the middle of the Kasbah. To the corners of the Kasbah were giant red-clay watchtowers. Within the Kasbah is a small ethnographic museum and art gallery, both of which were housed in a smaller compound to the west of the Kasbah. But this wasn't the reason I was here - there was a watchtower with my name on it, and I just knew I had to make my way to take in some spectacular views. I wasn't wrong.

Up wooden, winding staircases, the view from the top was mesmerising in every direction. On one side, a complete panorama of the rolling, green hills that encompassed Chefchaouen, and on the other the view of the Kasbah courtyard in the foreground, the with stunning blue houses in the background lining the mountain ridges. It was a welcome break having this view to myself this time, compared to sharing it with others at the top of the Spanish Mosque which you can see at the top of the hill in the picture below if you look closely!

One of the Kasbah watchtowers, with the Spanish Mosque in the distance on the hillside

The Kasbah courtyard and Chefchaouen behind it

Towards the evening, I decided to wander some more, really snaking my way into the deeper parts of the alleyway maze, to the areas which I didn't recognise (because after a week here you really do get to memorise the twists and turns of the alleyways!). As such, I've shared a lot of my photographs at the end of this post for you all to go through! I have hundreds of photos so could only share a few due to bandwidth issues, but with enough demand I'd be happy to share some more later down the line!

As evening drew, I dined alone again, by candlelight, for the last time here - content in my solitude. I decided to have it in the main square overlooking the Kasbah, with a pleasant acoustic performance echoing across the plaza whilst I dined. I had a mix of beef tagine, salad, soft bread and frites - something I'd had often during my stay here (as the tagine is always to die for!). It's a little bit more expensive here in the plaza, about 50 Dirham for a meal and tea, but the view and music was more than worth it.

Tagine in Place Outa el Hammam

The next day I checked out of Dar Mounia and took the four hour coach bus as early as I could to spend a few hours in Fes before my flight. And more importantly, to have lunch with friends I had made in Fes previously. After we met, hugged and eventually at lunch, we exchanged stories of laughs, hardships, favourite moments but universally we felt a sadness that the trip was coming to an end. They had a few more days to go - lucky for them - but I did not.

There is one solace I can take from leaving though. First are the incredible experiences I've had, and more importantly, the friends I've made. Not just in Morocco, but also on this platform. You guys have been my friends in my pocket who have travelled with me and for that I'm forever grateful. Using Steemit as a medium in writing about all my experiences, sharing it and engaging with every single one of you has made my trip memorable, for a number of reason. Firstly, I feel like I've managed to convince some Steemians to put Morocco on their list to travel to. Secondly, people who may not have the means to go have told me how thankful they are for showing them a glimpse of this country. Lastly, and funnily enough, it's thanks to the blockchain. Posts on the Steem blockchain are irrefutable, un-erasable and in essence, are forever. And using this magical platform has allowed me to keep my experiences around Morocco... Well. Just that. Forever. For me to look at and have in years to come.

My last meal in Morocco, with great newfound friends

Here's to many, many more memories and adventures to be forever made on the blockchain. And I look forward to having you all with me when those memories become made. I appreciate having you all here. Thank you everyone, you're all incredible, wonderful people and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

And with that, stay tuned for the next adventure - my favourite country on this entire planet: The Philippines!!

Much love,
Stephen


F I N A L  P H O T O G R A P H S
The City of Chefchaouen, Morocco


D E T A I L S
🌏 | Chefchaouen, Morocco
📷 | Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
🎨 | Lightroom Mobile edits used


Over the next few weeks I'll be trekking through Morocco and I'll be sharing with you my stories, emotions, advice and tips about this wonderful place. I will be doing this while sharing my photographs with all of you too. I sincerely hope this inspires you to go out there and travel!

Please do follow if you want to keep up with my journey through this country <3

Any upvotes or reblogs are hugely appreciated! Much love, everybody.


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Great pictures! It must be a lovely place. Can't wait to see your next destination:)

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Glad you enjoyed your time in Morocco.

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And I must get this cool food :)

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Feel free to do so. ^^

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Glad to hear that. And thanks!

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The picture give us a hint about your "adventure".

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Great visiting. I have heard about morocco before but i have not been there before. I hope you enjoy your stay there at morrocco and your adventure also there. Thanks for sharing your time and adventure at morocco with us

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Happy to share them with you bud!

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Wonderful pictures! I just love the beauty of this place.

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You have portrayed really well..
It seems that I have been travelling while I was reading ..

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I've just visited it lately and it is really a beautiful city. Love it

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Ooo did you go climb the mosque? Glad you liked it!

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The way you narrate your travels, makes me feel that I am also traveling to that incredible place. You really have inspired me to want to prepare my trip to Morocco, my beautiful your photos I congratulate you

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That's the plan and I'm glad you feel that way! Glad you were able to feel that you were there too. Many thanks!

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Your photography too.keep it up 👍

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Thanks man!

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wish I could visit these places

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Hope you get to too!

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After such a holiday, is not difficult to get back to work :)

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This is such a beautiful place... Nice shots

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Amazing pictures and chronicles! I wanna go Morocco someday!

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Hope you get to go too bud and safe travels for when you do!

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Not quite Monaco, but Morocco 😅

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nice city & nice clicks
Also pls visit on my new post two horse painting, hope you like the same

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Cool thanks.

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Nice photography and a superb city

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Wow...absolutely incredible. I wish to visit one day. Thank you for sharing this :D

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You will one day! For sure.

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In Morocco city plaster used for sculpting is called "gabs" or "jybs" in Moroccan, with the gypsum extracted abundantly from quarries in Safi, Asni, Meknès and Beside it there's amazing monumentIMG_20180903_144619.jpg

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Thanks for the top facts man

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Very amazing place, beautiful colors 🙏💚🌷

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It really is!

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wonderful place

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It is! Truly.

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hope i can go travel outsite to many country to see wonderfull place like this 😊😊

Wonderful nice friend beautiful images I wish to visit soon I live in uk

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Hope you do soon!

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Its just a mobile app for Steemit :)

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Oh ok thanks

Morocco is a very beautiful country and its inhabitants are smart
I know many people that they are good and they love helping others

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They are indeed some wonderful people!

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Great photography 😄

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Thanks so much @piyamas 😊😊

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Its good to see you that you engage people on one point socially.
- Chefchaouen the Blue Pearl, The Final Chapter

I read all chapters and give my views. Finally, last chapter. Nice to know your great views about Morroco.
I see all pictures like View of Place Outa el Hammam and Chefchaouen's Kasbah and morroc food Tagine in Place Outa el Hammam
Excellent Photography.
I glad to know your views about Ancient Muslim Culture of Morroco. Thier Ancient Creations like heritages, culture i.e dresses, the way of living and about Morrocon Food.
I know Morrroco becomes to much Modern Today. And become a Successful Country. But History presents your Legacy. Ancient time.
If I Travel to Morroco. Costly for me or Normal and Cheap. If you donot mind share your travel and food expenses, how much days you live in morroco? share with us.

I'm new on steemit and hope you will help me to grow up. I am a travel, tourism, and aviation bloggger
Regards:
Abdul Baqi Malik

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I try to reply to every comment if I can! Every single person who follows me and decides to comment is special to me and if they put the effort in to say hello, I will always try and put the effort back :) But thanks for noticing! I think Morocco is going to be a modern African powerhouse but I'm glad they still retain their old roots and heritage. A lot of old laws still exist but I think that comes from being a Muslim country too.

I think it's pretty medium-prices to go to Morocco, its not as cheap as Asian countries but cheaper than European. Travel is cheap, especially by coach like less than 10usd. Food is also cheap if you eat with the locals! Ranges from 1-4usd per meal.

Nice Story, I wish to go to these places one day!

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Thanks so much! And I hope your wishes come true one day :)

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Thank you for taking us through Morocco through your eyes , expecting to see more cities from your side , u motivate me and I am looking forward to get this done thank you

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Really appreciate your kind words! Glad that you're able to experience it one way or another :)

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I heard that the country of Morocco was very beautiful.
I saw it today with my own eyes.
Very nice country is very happy to see the country.
I wish I would go one day and travel around the country of Morocco.
The pictures have been very nice and your post has been very good.
Thank you very much for giving me a post like this

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Much appreciated, glad you were able to take something away from this post.

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Thank you for sharing, I will be looking forward to your posts from the Philippines.

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I look forward to sharing them, honestly can't wait!

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@h seetheworld.sgp Good post, Don't forget to look at my blog, maybe you like it

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Will have a look! Thanks

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Great post . Looking forward to see what you post . You have great life I hope tht you get to visit such lovely places . Keep it up .......

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Thanks! Means a lot :)

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Morocco seems to be a very amazing place,added to my bucket list.

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Glad you have that on your list! What else is on there? 😄

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So much beauty in a place far away from me ..... I am from Greece and from now I am in love with Morocco

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Hope you get to visit soon 😊

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As i readed whole you written in this post i really appreciate for this habbit u got and what a wonderful place u founded i like ur passion how u worked to hard to capture picture and edited and shown all to is i got great opportunity to thank u for this work u have done .
In last i like to tell that dont stop ever until u r alive i try to see all ur post that u have done .

My good ness to see this .

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Thanks so much for the kind comments, and glad you felt like you wanted to read the whole post! That means a massive amount.

Wow really amaizing

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😊😊🙏

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It was worth paying the guard to let you in, the view from there looks very calm, I also like to travel although my trips I like to go to the countryside, beaches, mountains or places far from the city. Mañana (1).JPG
for example this place.

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Really glad you liked it man. Where abouts are you from? The countryside looks wonderful!

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I am from Colombia and travel half of my country now I am collecting money to travel to other countries.

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Looks cool man, Colombia I've heard is stunning I really want to visit! Good luck in your money collection and all the best bud.

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thanks
It's great their places are beautiful and their people too.

Guau se ve excelente

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Thanks :)

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Wow..Outstanding photography.
You've done a lot of good photography. Natural and fresh photography. Every photograph is really awesome. I liked it.

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Glad you approve bud!

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amazing click.
which city?/

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Chefchaouen in Morocco friend.

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Buen recorrido!!!
Dicen que Marruecos es la puerta a África

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Thanks!

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i like Morocco people when i was in bahrain hotel i do have friends from Morocco...

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They're a great bunch :)

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very good knowledge ....good post

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Thanks, really appreciate it!

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Awesome photography. Upvoted.

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Cheers!

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This place looks so hauntingly beautiful , for an instance I thought I was looking at a scene from the Assassin's creeds Video game

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Yeah it does look a bit like that doesn't it...

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Morocco seems like an amazing place to visit. It is on the bucket list of many travelers. Stunning post, @seetheworld.sgp.

QUISIERA VOLVER A MI VENEZUELA DONDE EL TURISMO INTERNACIONAL ERA ALGO NORMAL Y DISFRUTAR DEL FRUTO DE NUESTRO TRABAJO Y SEGUIR CONOCIENDO EL MUNDO QUE ES REALMENTE HERMOSO.

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Thanks!

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wow beatiful pictures beach.jpg

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Much appreciated 😊

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Excelentes imagenes amigo (Y)

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Thanks!

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Amazing city I would love to visit!

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You should if you can!

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great place to visit

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Indeed. You should!

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Hi,
I am wondering by just reading your article and watching these pictures it was heart touching and thinking if I could able to visit this place and be a part of this beautiful location. I bet you must have enjoyed a lot and had a great time out there.
The pictures you took are awesome and beautiful. It Describe everything what you want to convey us.
Please do post more of your travelling experiences.

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I'll describe everything as detailed as I can, just for you guys 😊😊

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Great pictures and beautiful city...
These pictures represents natural beauty.
Morocco💘

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Much appreciated! 🙏

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I miss the food, it is awesome! Some species that I had never tried before.
We got to meet really nice people and service was great!

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Glad you enjoyed your trip! Would you say the food was your favourite part?

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Always the food is the best part!
I enjoy architecture, sight seeing, the mosques, the markets, the people... but always food is the best part of any of my trips I'm a crypto foodie ;-)

It's a wonder the post, really deserves my vote and the comment, guys success.

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Cheers so much, friend!

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I'll keep it in mind thanks!

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This has been a great conclusion to your Marocco story series, @seetheworld.sgp. Chefchaouen is a truly wonderful place.
PS: This post has been featured as one of the best travel stories currently in our travel steem curation #1.

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Much appreciated! 🙏🙌

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I love the varieties of delicacies on that table with 6 lovely people in it. Hope you won't mind to share it with me. Good post!

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Don't mind to share it at all! Will need to try to remember what we had though but I'm pretty sure mostly tagines!

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Fantastic city!
Amazing people!

Excellent photography too!!

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Thanks so much bud!

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Wow
Magic place, beautiful photos

This is very sad new

@seetheworld.sgp awesome post, thank you for sharing. Beautiful photographs, keep it up.

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Thanks so much, really appreciate it.

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I know one thing that Morocco people are bautiful. Morocco girls and lebanese girls are so pretty.. @babara20

Congratulation wonderful pictureflower-3140492__480.jpg

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Thanks ❤️

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I love your publications!

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Thanks so much :)