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#93491 - 09/07/14 09:54 AM Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña
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I'll be heading off to Spain again tomorrow. Not to Mijas, not to Madrid, but this time to pastures new... Boiro near A Coruña, Galicia.
The purpose of the visit is to spend some time with Spanish friends who used to live in Mijas but now live there.

I am really loking forward to seeing them again. Bit of a trek to get there though .. evening flight from Aberdeen, Scotland to London Gatwick; overnight stay at Gatwick and then an early morning flight to Santiago De Compostela. My friends Fernando and Dominique will meet me at the the Airport for the drive to Boiro.

I am really looking forward to sampling new sights and sounds, Galician food and wine!

Any recommendations about that I should try (apart from Fabadas and Pulpo)?

I'll try and update this thread when I can.
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#93493 - 09/08/14 06:13 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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great Galician is super, have many friends there and support group of Real Madrid in Xove much further north but there at Boiro you have good ribeiro white wines !!!
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#93497 - 09/09/14 12:25 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: pedmar]
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The first leg of the journey went well yesterday with an evening flight from Aberdeen to London Gatwick. I needed to stay overnight to catch the early morning tree times a week flight by Easyjet to Santiago de Compostela so I had booed into the Premier Inn at Gatwick (Crossway). It is right next to the terminal and I found it very comfortable.





It was an early start to get organised, eat breakfast and get through security at the airport (which was really busy at 0730 in the morning!). However, it was a lovely morning in London...





The flight went smoothly and we arrived late morning in Santiago de Compostela.
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#93498 - 09/09/14 12:51 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Having arrived in Galicia, what were my first impressions?...
Its a bit like Scotland, very green even at this time of year and quite hilly. It is easy for me to feel at home here.









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#93499 - 09/09/14 12:55 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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I as met at the airport by long-standing friends Dominique and Fernando who used to live, work and play tennis in Mijas. They have now relocated to Galicia and stay in Boiro. Although we keep in contact via Skype, it has been about five years since we last met in person. It was really good to meet up with them again.
They have forsaken tennis for golf, so fist stop on the way from the airport to Boiro was to visit their golf club for a drink and a tapa, not far from Padrón ( it's famous for its peppers ... Pimientos De Padrón).





















A golfing friend Isabella joined us and out time with tapas and drinks was spend discussing the Spanish Civil War and Fernando's family memories. It turns out that Isabella's father was a neighbour of Franco in Ferrol.

We were on the move again to Boiro but we did not get very far...
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#93500 - 09/09/14 01:10 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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After travelling for a short time, lunch beckoned so we pulled into a small cafe-bar/restaurant in the village of Aldea Extramundi de Arriba.



It was a busy place, with lots of local workers eating there. We went for the 8 Euro menú del día.
My friends had fabadas to start with and I had salad, followed up by Cordillo asado and then tarta de queso, one of my favourites.







The bar served bottles of home-made Ribeira wine served labelless bottles!



Top notch food and wine at rock bottom prices - I like it here already!



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#93501 - 09/09/14 02:45 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Galicia is the green Celtic of Spain; they send their celtic troops here near me Lorient for the InterCeltique festival every year.
cheers enjoy it
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#93502 - 09/09/14 04:40 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: pedmar]
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Thanks Pedmar .... I am looking forward to Jueves... tienes alguna idea de lo que pasara cerca de Boiro?
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#93503 - 09/09/14 04:51 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Andando por Boiro
This evening, I had a short walk around the barrio where I am staying.. I liked it ... lots of little shops, bars and restaurants. One of the streets nearby is pedestrianised and was full of folks having an evening drink and tapa.










There is the curious too...



With urban orchards...



next to modern buildings....



I really don't know what the locals complain about...



Boiro tends to mix the old with the new...






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#93504 - 09/09/14 04:59 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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The old and the new gives a curios mix as there is no historic quarter or casco antiguo. The old and the new tends to sit together without interfering with each other...









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#93505 - 09/09/14 05:01 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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One thing that really impresses me is the tapas that are served with a drink in the bars...





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#93506 - 09/09/14 05:08 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Tomorrow... golf practice!
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#93507 - 09/10/14 05:57 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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yes always interesting tapas with the drinks and standing is better ::)
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#93511 - 09/10/14 05:20 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: pedmar]
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Today was golf, golf, golf but in the moring I had time for a short walk around our barrio in Boiro. I managed to see..
a praia de Barrana, la oficina de tourimo and the mercado...
It was a beautiful morning..




La praia ..










El mercado



The autopistas are very quiet with very little tarffic...



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#93512 - 09/10/14 05:32 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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At the golf club, first up was some practice on the practice range..




After the practice came lunch:- sopa de cocido Gallego, followed by
pimoiento de Padrón, followed by pimiento rellenados followed by flan de queso. Of course it had all to be washed down with some wine.











After lunch the real fun and the real golf began...





And there was some entertainment in the bar later...









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#93513 - 09/11/14 07:37 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Rob

Great photos as always. I especially like the pimientos. The north of Spain is very different from Mijas, Fuengirola and Malaga.

I will be returning to Malaga in three weeks. I will be taking my first cruise with my friends from Malaga. Seven nights from Malaga to Valencia, Palma, Corsica, Rome and Sardinia.

Enjoy the rest of your time in Spain. More photos please.

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#93514 - 09/11/14 01:48 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: Arturo]
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see that bottle I told you they were good ribeiros!!!
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#93515 - 09/11/14 04:21 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: Arturo]
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Enjoy Arturo
It should be great! I agree, the North is very different - I like it here!

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Originally Posted By Arturo
Rob

Great photos as always. I especially like the pimientos. The north of Spain is very different from Mijas, Fuengirola and Malaga.

I will be returning to Malaga in three weeks. I will be taking my first cruise with my friends from Malaga. Seven nights from Malaga to Valencia, Palma, Corsica, Rome and Sardinia.

Enjoy the rest of your time in Spain. More photos please.
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#93516 - 09/11/14 04:36 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Today was a big day - La Vuelta a España was passing nearby through a town called Catoira so we had to go there to see it. On the way, we stopped at a stately home that we had admired several time, but more of that later.

We parked up in Catoira and went for a coffee and asked where La Vuelta would pass. They directed us to a spot where we could eat and watch it at the same time...

It was a roadside taberna..




It was busy, we met some outstanding local folks there and the food and wine was excellent





The crowds grew, the police presence grew and our anticipation grew...



Then .....




Truth to tell, it was all over rather quickly!




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#93517 - 09/11/14 04:44 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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On our way to the golf club we had admired a stately home called Paxo de Antequeira. It had it's own chapel and we wondered what it was like inside.
On this occasion, we stopped to see it and to our surprise a caretaker came to the gate, opened it and invited us in to look round. He was 84 years old, but did not look a day over 65!

Now this will stretch over three posts....



The exterior...













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#93518 - 09/11/14 04:47 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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The interior...



















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#93519 - 09/11/14 04:50 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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The gardens..





















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#93520 - 09/11/14 04:51 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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The chapel...






Altogether, a grand day.
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#93521 - 09/11/14 04:53 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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One or two more pics from Catoira...









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#93522 - 09/12/14 05:38 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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hehehe nice photos but of course, Real Madrid in Galicia is big ::)
I have to said maybe again, that I am an honorary member of the support group or Pena del Real Madrid at Xove , Lugo province in the North by San Cipriàn...
Hala Madrid !!!
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#93527 - 09/13/14 02:57 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: pedmar]
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On Friday we planned to go to the Palacio de Oca, near Santiago de la Compostela and then on to Santiago itself.

The Palacio or Pazo of Oca was impressive...



















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#93528 - 09/13/14 03:04 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Particular attention is paid to the gardens and the orchard, with extensive channelling provided for irrigation...

Here are some of the implements used in the past...






The gardens...



















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#93529 - 09/13/14 03:08 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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The orchard











Finally, the chapel..



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#93530 - 09/13/14 03:17 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Santiago de Compostela.

This is a busy working town, and this was very evident as we drove through it to get the the historic centre. There was lots of traffic and lots of people on the go.

The casco antiguo around the cathedral and the Praza das Praterías and Praza do Obradoiro was very busy.

The narrow streets that surround the plazas reminded me a lots of those in the casco histórico of Málaga.























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#93531 - 09/13/14 03:23 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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The sheer height of the cathedral towers and rurrounding buildings become evidents as you approach...





Here, pilgrims queue to obtain their certificates...



Praza das Praterías











Praza do Obradoiro













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#93532 - 09/13/14 03:30 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Lunch of course was a must but there is something I dislike about paying inflated prices!



Pulpo..




The pimientos de Padrón again



My friends Dominique and Fernado ...





The evening was spent watching LA Vuelta and the Davis Cup Tennis between Brazil and Spain.

A great day!


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#93533 - 09/14/14 02:02 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Saturday was a quieter day with less travelling and a good opportunity to have a walk down to the beach and make the most of the fine weather that this area of Spain has been enjoying.

[Note to self - don't mention the weather! As I type, an early morning thunderstorm has just broken!]

The morning was given over to some shopping though, the mercado being one of the highlights, especially the fish stalls.








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#93534 - 09/14/14 02:11 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Boiro has a fantastic bay area which is largely protected from the ravages of the Atlantic waves and winds. It is on the Arousa estuary where a lot of seafood is cultivated, with the farming of mussels being one of the largest enterprises.
The bay is rich in nutrients and has a high population of shellfish. At low tide, many are out collecting shellfish....















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#93536 - 09/15/14 01:49 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Wow! Fantastic photos, robbieroy!! Galicia is, as you know, a beautiful place with wonderful scenery, HISTORY, food AND wine! Just love it - and I've only been once. Can't wait to get back.

Thanks so much for sharing your photos with us. Your photobucket account is getting a workout! wink

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#93546 - 09/17/14 12:02 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: MadridMan]
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Thanks MM
There are still one or two more photos to post and there are some on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/robs.grant.7
I have to agree with you about Galicia - this was my first visit and I was very impressed... by everything.

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#93547 - 09/17/14 02:02 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Sunday saw torrential rain in the morning. I got caught in the heaviest rain that I have seen (and felt) for a long time!
Friends of Dominique and Fernando had offered to organise a Sunday lunch which they were going to cook and bring round.



The food was fantastic, almejas cooked in tomato garlic and wine,



followed by a merluza and langostino terrine,



followed by pork braised in tomato and onion with roast potatoes



All washed down with some great wine with some coffee liqueur to finish off.

Not your traditional Sunday roast!
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#93548 - 09/18/14 09:22 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Monday was another golf day. The forecast was not good but the weather held off long enough for us to enjoy 30 minutes on the practice range and 9 holes of (mostly) enjoyable golf.
I only lost one ball today!

On the way home we failed to find a cafe/bar near the railway station in Padrón that had the reputation for serving the best Pimientos de Padrón.

Instead, we found an open restaurant in Tarragona so had to settle for some Pulpo, Pimientos and croquetas washed down with some excellent Godello wine (from Valdeorras near Ourense).

The rain arrived later in the afternoon but we did manage to get out for a walk and a farewell drink later on in the evening.

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#93549 - 09/19/14 10:36 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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A bit about Boiro
Boiro is a municipality in the region of Barbanza in the south of the province of A Coruña in Galicia. It is near the coast close to the Barbanza mountain range. The population of about 20000 enjoy a mild climate. Boiro sits on the Arousa estuary.





Apparently this area was inhabited during the Lower Palaeolithic period and there are remains of a Megalithic culture dating back 6000 years. In medieval times, rich Galician families and nobility made their homes here and there are a large numbers of pazo or stately home to be found in the area.

Boiro has one of the most sheltered beaches in Galicia and the waters of the estuary provide for many leisure and nautical activities, as well as supporting a seafood industry that is economically important to Galicia.

Here are some photos of Boiro in the past (Photos of photos in some shop windows















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#93550 - 09/19/14 10:47 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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There are still hints of the past to be seen as you meander through the town...













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#93551 - 09/19/14 10:48 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Here is a short video on the modern Boiro...



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#93552 - 09/20/14 12:23 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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Sadly, the moment arrived when it was time to say bye-bye to Boiro and head for the airport..



The airport at Santaigo de Compostela is large with a new terminal. It had the look and feel of being underused....









Here is a link to the Santiago de Compostela web site ... http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Santiago/en/

Finally, it is with great gratitude and much affection that I thank my hosts Dominique and Fernando for their outstanding kindness and hospitality.

Thank you Dominique and Fernando, the Brujos of Boiro...



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#93556 - 09/22/14 05:17 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: robbieroy]
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glad you enjoy the swing by Galicia. And yes alas, the airport well most arrive on foot ::)

Cheers
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#93563 - 09/23/14 11:47 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coruña [Re: pedmar]
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Originally Posted By pedmar
glad you enjoy the swing by Galicia. And yes alas, the airport well most arrive on foot ::)

Cheers


laugh
Nice one pedmar!
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#94146 - 07/06/15 03:11 AM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coru�ameeting up with f [Re: robbieroy]
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Good news... I have now booked my flights to Santiago de Compostela so I'll be back in Boiro in August..
Looking forward to meeting up with friends again.
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#94430 - 11/28/15 09:00 PM Re: Blogging From Boiro, A Coru�a [Re: robbieroy]
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Great Galician is super...so pretty...

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