06 July, 2007

The hills are alive with the sound of music...

The hills are alive with the sound of music
With songs they have sung for a thousand years
The hills fill my heart with the sound of music
My heart wants to sing every song it hears

My heart wants to beat like the wings of the birds
that rise from the lake to the trees
My heart wants to sigh like a chime that flies from a church on a breeze
To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls over stones on its way
To sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray

I go to the hills when my heart is lonely
I know I will hear what I've heard before
My heart will be blessed with the sound of music
And I'll sing once more

Yes, the hills were alive with sound of music… I was skeptical when K said he will take me to Switzerland to celebrate my birthday. Being a Bollywood movie buff for so many years I had seen enough of snow, mountains and valleys in numerous movies where hero and heroine never get tired of singing and dancing around the trees. And more than that, the trip was more expensive than any other European country. I would be lying if I say it did not cross my mind about getting a return trip ticket to India.

Everything changed suddenly once we landed in Zurich on Saturday morning. Just one look at the captivating landscape with numerous springs and hill-sides covered with trees, I got lost in the world of fairy tales and fantasy land. Every place we went, we were surrounded by breath taking beauty - blessed with tall trees, snow-capped mountains, lush green fields, gently flowing rivers, clean water, moderate climate and bountiful flower gardens. At one moment I was like Maria singing and dancing in the valley and next moment I was Heidi yodeling with my Peter :) Before I go on and on let me share with you all some of the snaps we clicked during our stay. I must tell you friends that these pictures can not do justice to the real breath taking beauty of this wonderful part of the world.






Climb ev'ry mountain
Search high and low
Follow ev'ry by-way
Every path you know

Climb ev'ry mountain
Ford ev'ry stream
Follow ev'ry rainbow
'Till you find your dream

A dream that will need
All the love you can give
Everyday of your life
For as long as you live

Climb ev'ry mountain
Ford ev'ry stream
Follow ev'ry rainbow
'Till you find your dream

A dream that will need
All the love you can give
Everyday of your life
For as long as you live

Climb ev'ry mountain
Ford ev'ry stream
Follow ev'ry rainbow
'Till you find your dream

74 comments:

  1. lovely pics, sia! looks like you had a great vacation, breaking out into poems & all ;) joy does that :)
    belated b'day wishes sweetie :)

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  2. so did you guys ski? it looks like the weather was perfect. happy biethday to yo, dear sia. have a great year ahead.

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  3. I was not fortunate enuf to visit this heaven on earth. Looks like u had gr8 fun Sia :) Belated Birthday wishes!

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  4. Beautiful Sia. All pics are great!I am glad you enjoyed ur trip and had fun on ur bday:)Belated Happy Birthday!

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  5. Wow Sia, breathtaking snaps indeed. So very beautiful..! Lucky girl you. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  6. Oye, you are back :) For real ;). Lovely pics yaar. Am glad you had a lovely vacation. cute post, Sups.

    take care and have a fun weekend,
    musical.

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  7. You are so so so lucky. Bless you and your husband. Such breathtaking beauty. It seems so good to be real. Earth is really a beautiful place.

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  8. Wishing You a Belated Happy Birthday Sups :)
    How romantic to have celebrated the B'day in Switzerland:)
    It is the ultimate anyone can wish for.
    The photos are taking long to load I will see them a little later.
    I liked the poem Sups :)

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  9. Beautiful picture Sia. Nice write up too. Viji

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  10. I read your comment about sun n snow somewhere and thought u were away in Switzerland!! I'm yet to see the pics, but I can see you really enjoyed yourself!!! :)

    Btw, is there an email id on your page?

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  11. Sia...you have a wonderful blog here...I am really impressed with the efforts you have put in to create such resourceful one....

    your trip photos are all looking great...esp that flower is out of the world....

    Srivalli
    www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com

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  12. wow photos rashi chenda iddu. i am only gazing all photos. what a way to celebrate Bday! Wishing you belated happy returns! looks like you had a great treat :) have a great weekend

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  13. Sia, spectacular views, you are lucky. I went when I was 7 years old, remember quite a bit of it, and your pix brought back the memories. Now I will associate you with a pair of black glasses on snow! Happy Birthday!

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  14. Woh!!! breathtaking pictures, looks like you had a great time there!!

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  15. Belated happy birthday Sweetie!!! Hugs to you!! :D

    Beautiful pics..... I loved the 4th pic in first series...... The house wiht the flower beds on the window...... did you stay there??

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  16. Ohhhhhhhhh Supriya, looks like u had a wonderful and romantic Vacation... U are still in the romantic mood I guess which u had poured out into lovely poems..
    Belated birthday wishes to you and wish u happiness all thru the year.

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  17. Lovely pictures, Switzerland does that to people huh makes you want to break out into a song, not just the folks in movies!
    I am watching Wimbledon Tennis, seems bright and sunny! So are you finally seeing some sun?

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  18. OHHHHH WOW! I bet you had a great time! and belated b'day wishes for you my dear..this is one place I need to visit.....did you see any bollywood movie shoot while there? heheh.

    hugs,trupti

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  19. @richa,
    he he he... i was singing in the valleys;) thank u for ur wishes but my b'day comes this week:)

    @saju,
    thank u dear:)

    @bee,
    yes, we did ski @mt.titlis but the weather was not that good to do it agian. thank u for ur wishes and b'day wishes to u n jai:)

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  20. @suganya,
    thanks suganya and i should have mentioned in my post that my b'day is in this week:)

    @swapna,
    thank u lady and i am glad to kw that u enjoyed the pics:)

    @laavanya,
    thanks dear:) i had clicked quite a lot of pictures and just chose some pics randomly and posted. glad to know u enjoyed them:)

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  21. @musical,
    he he he... meri billi mujse meow? ;) i am glad to see u bk for "real". been missing all ur lovely paronthes and this month's RCI theme is Pujab cuisine. cant wait to see what u come up with:)

    @cynth,
    true cynth. i forgot everything when i was walking there sourrounded by breath taking landscape.

    @archu,
    thanks sweetie:) it was really romatic and beautiful. we had gr8 time:) by the way, my b'day is on this week:)

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  22. @viji,
    thank u dear:)

    @jyo,
    u guessed it right girl:) i was in fantasy land:)
    i dont have my mail id in my profile. coz of spam and junk mails i had to delete it.

    @srivalli,
    a warm welcome to spice corner dear n thank u for all ur kind words:)

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  23. @roopa,
    thanks roopa. tumba gammattu aatu. enna b'day ee vaara bappadu. we had to prepone our trip coz of office work but still it was a wonderful gift from krish for my b'day:)

    @sra,
    it was fun to watch soooooooooo many kids in swiss having fun. may be one day we will take our kids;)

    @padmaja,
    yes padma, we had gr8 time:)

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  24. @coffee,
    thanks for ur wishes and hugs darling:) that house was in interlaken. we stayed @hilton's in zurich for whole week. but next time we want to stay in some country side:)

    @prema,
    thank u sweetie for ur wishes:) i feel so blessed to have u all here:) well, we both r quite romantic here n we keep competeing with one another;) he he he...just kidding;)

    @ISG,
    he he he...yeah, no wonder bollywood loves this country so much:)
    yeah, weather was quite good today. it was bringt and sunny after floods and rains. so enjoying it while it lasts:)

    @trupti,
    thanks darling:) thankfully we didn't come across any bolly stars:) although i love to watch movies, i am not that star crazy;)

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  25. Happy Birthday Sups!! What a nice guy you have ,eh?:))
    Switzerland is indeed Heaven on Earth.We were there for a week,Trisha was about 2 yrs old then!Stayed around Interlaken, saw Matterhorn and Bleu lake(I wanted to die there!);D
    I glad you had a great time.Hugs.
    Aroma,you missed two posts!!!

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  26. Hey Sups, in the excitement of seeing those loely pics., i forgot to say, Happy belated B'day to you :).

    hugs,
    musical.

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  28. Birthday wishes to you, Supriya -- your photos are spectacular! I would say you did a great job "doing justice" :) Loved them all, and happy to hear you enjoyed such a lovely trip!

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  29. @ashakka,
    thank u:) oh yes, its a lovely, serene and beautiful place. i was not that keen to go there but just one look at those lush green landscape i was bowled:) been busy all these days n i am hardly getting any break in between. i will be away on workshops/training for next few weeks. so i am checking the blogs when ever i get time n i know i am missing lots of posts:(

    @musical,
    thanks sweetie but its not belated;) my b'day comes this week. we had to prepone our trip coz i will be busy in coming days.

    @linda,
    u r always generous with ur compliments dear:) thank u lady:)

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  30. Yay, I was right... no wonder someone was all so romantic in the previous post :) Happy Birthday Sup, the pictures are simple superb! And what a great birthday gift :)

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  31. You brought me right back to watching The Sound of Music! Haven't seen it in years and years. Breathtaking photos. Belated birthday greetings, Sia!

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  32. Yeeeehhhhh you had a great holiday :) Isn't there a Indian restaurant at one of the peaks? One of my friends was telling me, not sure

    A very very happy belated birthday

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  33. Hey you are back!! and back with some pics to make us all jealous :))) Everytime I see someone's Swiss album, I tell myself that it must be heaven on earth!! Glad to hear that u had a romantic getaway :) and Belated B'day wishes to you !

    Shn

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  34. Now a days, you are a poetess too..., that too a good one.
    Seems like you had a great vacation. Great pics.

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  35. Belated b'day wishes, you lucky girl...isn't nature amazing :)...great pics...I loved the brown house...seemed like the chocolate one in 'Hansel and Gretel' with wafers for roofs ;)

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  36. @sig,
    he he... u were right darling:) more than romantic i can say it was fun packed, adventourous trip. had gr8 time:)

    @susan,
    same here susan. i must have watched that movies some 7-8 times. and yeah, its been quite some days since i got the chance to view it again. i love the music of SOM:)
    thank u for ur wishes:)

    @sandeepa,
    yup, there is an indian restaurunt @top of europe. its called bollywood rest. and guess what we did as soon as we reached there? yup, went straight into restarant to hog;) only after that we went to see the galcier;) he he he....

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  37. @mishy,
    thanks sweetie:) i do wish u visit this place someday coz its worth visiting once in a lifetime:) heaven on earth indeed:) these pics can never do any justice to the real beauty of this tiny country.

    @suma,
    oh no girl:) i can never be a poetess:) this poem is from the sound of music which i love.

    @sunita,
    yes, those houses r adorable with window boxes filled with vibrant flowers. we had gr8 time suni. enjoyed our break:)

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  38. Beautiful pictues,sups.Wish you a belated happy birthday dear!so you are a cancerian?

    I have been in London 2 yrs now and looks like everyone around us is going to switzerland except us!Got to rake up hubby soon:)

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  39. sia - good to see you back! looks like you had a fabulous time too - the photos are lovely...would love to go there someday.

    the one time i went to geneva was years ago and i hated it because of the rat trap we stayed at. gotta go back to rectify those memories!

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  40. Sups,
    I can totally understand your excitement. When I landed in Switzerland last month, all I could think was DDLJ!! The grand panorama express, the cable rides! I will go on and on, ofcourse swiss chocolates are to die for. Did u visit Interlaken?? That is a typical desi adda :). We stayed in Montreaux, and visited Lausanne, Geneva, Caux, Bern, Glion.

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  41. hey Sup, breathtaking pics. you must have had a great time and belated b'day wishes. lovely gift dear!! is that poem by you? beautiful!!

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  42. Hi Sups,

    Belated B'day ..wonderful and memorable gift from your dear hubby...Pictures are very scenaric..oh god..very excellent..Thanks for sharing dear...Have anice time

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  43. Hi Sia, loved all your pics. Your Birthday gift just perfect! Have a great year ahead!

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  44. @vini,
    thanks dear:)
    u must visit swiss and it will be gr8 trip for little A. there r so many wonderful places to visit. so cook something nice for ur hubby dear and ask him to take u to this trip;)

    @arundathi,
    we stayed in zurich. so we couldn't visit geneva which was quite far from zurich. by the end of our hols i was quite tired of train journey:)

    @deepa,
    so hw was ur trip? do post abt it some day. we visited interlaken, lucern, mt.titlis, wengan, grindalwald, bern, zurich etc etc. it was quite a journey:)

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  45. @sharmi,
    thank u my dear and yes, we had gr8 time:) those poems are from the musical "sound of music".

    @usha,
    thanks sweetie:) hw was ur vac with ur sister usha? hope u too had gr8 time:)

    @lakshmi,
    thank u for ur wishes dear:)

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  46. Again I am late...to wish you a belated b'day..
    Glad to note that you had a real romantic time in Swiss...enjoyed the shots...esp that one of Bern with the gushing blue waters!!!:)..

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  47. my brother spent a lot of time in Zurich... I unfortunately only had a Schengen visa and couldn't visit him when I was in Paris... but I will go back someday!!

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  48. ....Sia. did I ever tell you that I admire the GREAT POET in you??

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  49. @bharathy,
    i fell in love with Bern. such a beautiful city with old monuments and buildings. we took a leisure walk around the city and met two german grandmas's who couldn't talk a single word of english. they took us to show those two bears(pedro and tana) :) it was fun:)
    qand my dear, i didn't compose that poem. its from the movie sound of music:)

    @raaga,
    what a shame! next time make it a point to visit this beautiful country raaga. its really heaven on earth(do i sound like sales girl;)

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  50. Hi sia

    Belated b'day wishes.
    Beautiful poem.. yeah it is !amazing country.

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  51. happy b'day and have a great year ahead.. swi. is on my must see places ..

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  52. wow...i wanna go now...seems you had a great time...happy belated birthday ben...god bless...great post

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  53. @sukanya, vanamala, mallugirl, dilip bhai
    thank u all :)

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  54. Sia, happy birthday girl.... sigh...you bought back memories of my swiss trip, true that no picture justifies the breathtaking beauty you see with the eyes... hey we (hubby and i)too were so excited to see an indian tea shop and had chai samosa, cant forgt some things...lovely photos...

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  55. Lovely pics. I dream of going there someday. I can totally uderstand your return trip to india idea. I would have thought similarly. Good to know you had a nice time.

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  56. Sia....you are nature lover....and your creativity about hills are nice...keep going..

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  57. WOW lovely pictures supriya.many many happy wishes to ur birthday.lovely poem.

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  58. Wow Sia.. Simply breathtaking. Thanks for sharing such amazing pics. Now.. I need to plan a vacation to Switz in this lifetime.

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  59. Forgot to mention my Birthday wishes in the previous comment. "Belated Birthday Wishes". Have a wonderful year ahead girl. You rock !

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  60. Hi Sup! First of all, Happy Birthday!! Looks like it was a very special one! A fan of Sound of Music, huh? You clarified a few words in the lyrics of the theme song for me! :) Have not had a chance to check all the pix yet but will be sure to do so soon!

    Thanks for checking up on me. My parents and my sis are here and M & I am having a whale of a time! I took a day off yesterday so mom, sis & I could go shopping and we shopped till we dropped! I haven't had a girls' day out in so long!!

    Will stop now before u get bored to distraction! Take care and happy birthday again! Wishing you many many more happy ones!

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  61. Hey suppi,
    Happy b'day to you..may the good god bless you....la la la la lala. Entha madidi indu? Krish indu entha special adige indu ? Barekka dinner inge?

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  62. Belated Bday wishes. Ur blog is good.

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  63. @dumela,
    thanks dear:) before we went for cable car ride, first thing we did was hog samosas:) they were awesome and quite reasonable for the stuff u get in swiss:) and again while leaving the place we got samosas packed for next 3 days:)

    @hema,
    thanks hema:) hehe... it seems like we have some things in common:)

    @raghu ram,
    a warm welcome to spice corner and thank u for leaving a note:)

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  64. @swapna,
    thanks my dear:)

    @meena,
    oh yes girl... ask ur hubby to take u for anniversary or b'day:) its really a beautiful place:)
    and thank u for ur wishes sweetie:)

    @vani,
    hey girl, i really missed u n ur posts:) oho...so masti and shopping time with ur mom n sis. i am soooooooo green with envy:) i know what u meant by girls day out. i dont have many friends here n miss all the fun we used to have bk in india. wish my mom n sis too come here someday soon. ~sighs~
    i glad to know u and little M is having gr8 time with ur family. have lots of fun n give my love to little putani:)

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  65. @seema,
    thanks darling:) i will mail u n send u pics of my b'day celeb. hw r u? hwz everyone @home? its been ages since we met online allada? miss all our gup-shups:(

    @timepass,
    thank u ms.timepass:)

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  66. Hi Sia,
    Lovely Pics and hope u enjoyed your stay there and had a wonderful bday.Guess what my brother lives in Geneva.I remember the pics my sis-in law sent me when they visited Zurich.
    Have a nice weekend
    Madhuri

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  67. Wow!!! Sia, what a romantic vacation and birthday Treat girl,Belated birthday wishes, Lovely pictures, and the poem I'm sure the hills looked even more lovely with Sia in picture...:))Have agreat weekend!!!

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  68. Dear Supriya,
    Happy BirthDay !!!
    just thourite an emai lto you ,asking for when is your bdday as i knew you are too a cancerian, and thought to check your blog, to see if it is posted somewhere , and found this :) . wishing you all the hapis you deserve and many good times ahead. ...
    being away from blog is not good, missing you all too much. some how our only laptop is much busy with hubby dear ever since i came NJ, so enjoying a kinda break from blogging, thnking to make it soon to come back on blog, but laptop is busy spending time hubby :)) !

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  69. hi supriya i fell in love with ur site Belated bday wishes Ninna native place puttura?anu guess maadiddaste Anyway takecare bye

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  70. @madhuri,
    oh wow, ur bro lives in swiss? that so good and do u have any plans of visiting them? its a lovely place indeed:)

    @lera,
    i am blushing here:) thank u darling:) good to see u blogging again:)

    @pooja,
    sweetie, how i miss u girl. ask ur hubby to buy u a new lappi. u got to tell him to buy u new one. will mail u soon:)

    @madhushri,
    a warm welcome to spice corner:) neenu havyakana? appu, anu putturina kusu. adu henge guess madiddu?

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  71. Hi supriya weekend special enta iddu?enna guess sariatanne!anu putturinavane!nowadays i kickstart my blogging session with ur site lovely pictures!keep up the goodwork bye!

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