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The end of an amazing year

Published June 19, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

This is gonna be incredibly cheesy, but It’s all true and I feel like I need to get this off my mind. I guess this is a typical thing people who Study abroad say, but I’ve truly had the most amazing year I could have imagined. 
I’m incredibly  lucky to have experienced this and for being here in the first place. A big thank you to my mum for sending me to England. It had been my dream for years, and to have it come true is unbelievable. 
Also, I was lucky enough to have an amazing host family! I remember I was absolutely terrified when I sat in the theater my first day in England, waiting until I would find my host family. They have been so kind and great this year, so a massive thanks to them for being awesome. 

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I came here, just like everyone else, scared and excited and worried and curious.  We all left a lot behind, but there is safety in the thought of knowing it will be there when we come back. A lot has changed, but all the things that matter are still there, patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for us to come home. But leaving now is different. Sure, we will go back and visit York again, but it’s not the same. This time, we are packing up everything and leaving behind what matters, for good. It wont be there when we get back. Everything will have moved on, because that’s what time does to precious memories. We will never again attend a class at College, or have trouble finding a table to eat at in restaurants because we are such a large group. We wont take another trip to town, which in the begin seemed like it would never end and eventually became a habit. Perhaps we will come back, but not as students and not as people who lived there, but as visitors. We will no longer say we will go home, without meaning Norway. And I will miss that. So much. I’ll miss all the small things and I’ll miss calling England “Home” and meaning it. 

 

I came here, hoping to make friends, but not expecting to meet some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. I didn’t expect to make such good friends as I have here, let alone find a group of best friends who I knew I could count on, no matter what. Leaving them behind feels awful and wrong and uncomfortably strange, but I know we’ll all walk separate ways tomorrow. Luckily, I can still visit them, but it wont be the same as seeing them every day at college. It wont be easy to just meet up in town and grab a coffee or some lunch.
I’ve been able to be 100% myself this year, and I’ve gotten used to being comfortable with those around me. To think that I’m leaving these amazing people behind makes me sad, but we’ll keep in touch.
Its so strange, because it’s just a year, but one year can really make a difference. You create a whole new life somewhere else within that year, and I think there is something terrifying and beautiful and special about that.
I’ve grown so much, tried and failed and succeeded, I’ve learned new things and faced challenges, and made it out okay. 

I’m not gonna tell you I haven’t faced challenges that have made me doubt myself, consider turning back or wish I had someone to support me, but I’m here to tell you that I have learned to deal with these situations and don’t let fear stop me. I’ve come so far, and although I have yet so far to go, I’m proud. I’m proud of becoming independent and completing this year on my own. I’ve had support, but I stood on my own two feet and there is a very comforting thought in that. I did so much I never thought I would do. Both small things and big things. I mean, I moved far away from my family, where I couldn’t call my mum anymore as soon as I had a problem so she could come fix it. And I went out here and was forced to be independent, to be strong. I made it through the stress of college and exams, and life.
I have set up a completely new life here, and I’m leaving it all behind tomorrow. I’m not ready to leave, and If I could stay for another year, I would. But I do realize it’s time to go home now and finish college, before I’m off to University. I’m leaving so much behind, and I do not think words can express how much I will miss York. York is my home now, just like Norway is. I’ve grown to love this city so much, and the freedom that followed with being here.
I guess I wont just miss my friends and the city, but I’ll miss the person I’ve grown to be here. I’ll miss the person who I am now, in this wonderful city, and I realize I will never be that exact person again. Although I will always have the memories of this year, I’m leaving it behind. And how do you continue after that? I haven’t gotten that figured out yet, and I’m probably gonna feel very lost for a few days.
I guess this quote from Lord of the rings: the return of the King describes it perfectly. I’m sorry, you all know I love my quotes.

«We found ourselves looking upon a familiar sight. We were home. How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on… when in your heart you begin to understand… there is no going back?»

I have a lot to figure out and a lot of goodbye’s to say tomorrow. I want to thank Kaja, Camilla, Helene, Birte and so many more for being the best friends I could have ever imagined. I’m incredibly sad to leave, but I know it’s time to go home, if only for a year. Who knows where I will go next.

So, I guess this is the end of my Exchange year. It’s been a wonderful journey, and I’m so glad I went. To anyone considering or wishing to go abroad, wherever it is, go. It changes you in unexplainable ways. Don’t let fear stop you. Conquer it. Go abroad.

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Until next time, England.

The last few weeks and The Fault in our stars

Published June 12, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

Sorry for the lack of blogging from me, I’m still alive. I’ve just been busy! I had my very last exam a few days ago, and have now officially survived and finished college. I’m so happy!  I can’t believe I’m leaving York in a week, I’m not ready to go. Let’s summarize the past few weeks!

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Making friends (lets pretend I wasn’t terrified) and sitting in poop. Just my luck.

My Grandfather and Uncle came and visited me for a few days, which was great! I had to be a tour guide and I was shamefully bad at it, but it was fun anyways.

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Unfortunately it rained most of the time.. Oh England. It was good to see my family again!

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Snapchat picture, sorry

Don’t worry, I didn’t get a new tattoo! I would love to, but now is not the right time haha. I got mine touched up, which lasted for about 1 minute but was incredibly painful. My apologies to Kaja, who held my hand.

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Camilla, Kaja and I got these things to plug in our phones, because we saw them and thought they were cute. And because we are cool.

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Went to see The Glass caves for the last time, which was… well.. The band were good, as usual. However, the crowd was awful. We stood at the front, but the people behind us were being crazy and jumping all over us/tackling us/whatever, I’m not sure what they were trying to achieve. It was hard to stand because we constantly got knocked down, and let’s just say it ended in a Panic attack from my side and my friends and I rushing outside. It wasn’t fun, and it’s a shame my last gig in England ended like this. Anyways, we stood in the back at the end and listened to a few songs, and that was nice.

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Been going for a fair few runs with Odie.

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Birte and I

I spent today in Museum gardens with Birte, Anine, Kaja, Helene and Vår, which was nice. Also bought traintickets for Saturday, but I’m stupid and bought them for Friday instead. Luckily my stress was for nothing and changing the date was easy! I need to stop worrying so much, oops.

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Did I need new shoes? No? Can I afford new shoes? No. Are these shoes wearable? Not really. Did I buy them? Yes. They are gorgeous though, just look at them. They are impossible to walk in and slightly too big, so I’ll have to find a solution to that. But otherwise, I love them. I wish myself good luck with getting them back home, I have so much stuff and only two suitcases.

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Kaja and Camilla

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We were at the fan screening of The Fault in our stars, which is one of my all time favorite books. I have been excited for this so long, and I’m glad I got to see it with people who love it as much as I do. We got a pass and a poster, which I somehow have to bring home with me.

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Kaja and I after seeing TFIOS

I don’t want to spoil The Fault in our stars for anyone who hasn’t seen it, so all I’m gonna say is wow. I cried. and I laughed. And I smiled. And I cried some more. It was amazing and I loved it so much. Perfect acting and the actors were just like the characters I imagined when reading the book. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I’m honestly so impressed with it, and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. So proud of John Green for achieving this, being a Nerdfighter and all.

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Then we went out for dinner, since It’s probably the last time my group of friends is going out to eat together. That’s an awful thought, haha. We went to an Italian restaurant and I had this amazing pizza.
The next week is gonna be busy, but I’m taking my camera to Comic con so there will be a post about that, and then probably a post about the end of my stay.
I hope you all have a great weekend!

17th of May

Published May 21, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

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June and Camilla

Since the 17th of May is Norwegian day, it had to be celebrated even though I’m in England. Some people from the University had planned an event and invited all the Norwegians from York College along to celebrate. They had ordered Norwegian sausages and candy, and made waffles which was great!

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Birte, Helene and Vår Kristin

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Vår Kristin

We all gathered inside first to eat and talk, before heading outside to the sun. In my experience, it’s always either snowing this day, or it’s lovely like this time.

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Camilla and Kaja being lovely weirdos

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We all sat in a big circle in the grass until we had to move because we were disturbing students on campus. Oops, sorry. Once we moved, we had to move again. So much walking. (not really)

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Helene and Vår Kristin

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Birte and Kaja

We spent a lot of time picking daisies and braiding them into each others hair, because it’s May and sometimes you just have to do that. It looked adorable.

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Camilla with Norwegian flags

There is no 17th of May without Norwegian flags, and luckily some people were prepared. Helene brought two with her. I have no idea where people got them, but it was great.

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Birte

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Kaja

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Vår Kristin

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Anine

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Camilla and I

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Of course, it’s tradition to have games on the 17th of May, and those who had organized this day had not forgotten that. There were “Potato runs” and “bag runs”, and people were really eager to win. It led to quite a few ripped bags.

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Kaja and Helene

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Amalie

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Kaja and Helene

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Camilla

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Kaja and I being weird because that’s what we do

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Birte

We sat here for about an hour, enjoying the sun and waiting until the 17th of May train/parade began to a pub nearby, where the celebration would continue. I do this thing where I always convince myself I never get sunburned (I used to be really tanned, but that’s quite a few years ago), but it turns out never to be true. I used sun block for my tattoo, but that’s it. My arms/shoulders are now a lovely shade of red, as well as my face.

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Kaja

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Amalie, Vår Kristin and Helene

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Helene

The parade was great and included a lot of walking around the giant University (seriously) and singing. A lot of singing. English people must think we were crazy, as there was a massive train of people singing in a foreign language and waving around flags. But that’s how we do it, and if you are gonna celebrate, you might as well do it properly.

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The parade ended in front of a pub, and after being there for a bit Camilla and I left on our (15 minute) adventure to find the bus stop. It proved to be hard for us because we walked in the wrong direction..

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It was a lovely day spent with amazing people, and I’m glad there was a planned event for this day so we could still celebrate, even though we’re all quite far from home.

Birthday celebration

Published May 18, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

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After having my English Literature Exam on the 16th of May, which went surprisingly.. okay, we celebrated Norwegian Day at college. We had Norwegian sausages and cake, and we sang the national anthem! There were Norwegian flags everywhere and loads of the Norwegians got flags painted in their faces, haha. It was great!

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A bunch of my friends and I went out for dinner at a restaurant called Byron for my friend Kaja’s birthday. I want to wish her a very Happy Birthday and I hope she had a nice day/evening 🙂 We gave he our gifts and I made her cry with mine, which I hope is a compliment.

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Food picture, because this burger was sooo nice.

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We went for a walk along the walls of York, which was fun. Not all the way around, as I was wearing heels and my feet were bleeding. Apart from that, it was a nice little adventure.

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Amalie and Kaja being cool

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And then it was an early(ish) night, because Saturday I had to get up early (with that I mean before 12) to meet up at York University to Celebrate the 17th of May, or Norwegian day. There will be a blog about it soon!

A mess of pictures and revision

Published May 7, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

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street performers and musicians in York! It makes the city so much more interesting, and most of them are incredibly talented.

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Leggings from Primark, Blazer and purse from New Look, top from Asos and I have no idea where my necklace or shoes are from.

Nice weather means a happy, although not completely prepared, me. It was so hot! Also I dyed my hair purple, which you can’t see because of the lighting, but it is. I needed a change, and it had been a while since I tried purple.

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I had taken lots of nice pictures with my new camera, but there was something on my lens so yeah, you can imagine the outcome. Awesome. As if that wasn’t enough, I accidentally deleted all the pictures off my phone. Don’t ask.

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Since the weather has actually been decent, It’s made going out for walks with Odie even nicer. I heard it snowed in Norway. Too bad. Well, I might say that, but it’s currently raining here. If it’s still raining tomorrow it’s gonna be awful when I cycle, so I guess I shouldn’t be laughing about snow.

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I always focus way better when I work at coffeeshops, because I don’t get distracted as easily. Which might be strange, but it works for me.

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This is a summary of the past week. I’ve been revising more than I ever have, desperately trying to cram (mostly useless) information in my head. I think I’m covered on most topics of the first unit in Sociology, but don’t get me started on English Literature. Let’s just say that if I pass, it needs celebrating. Also, as a person who can’t handle the slightest amount of stress, this is not good for me. So far, It’s not taken a big toll on me, apart from one breakdown and loss of sleep. I love making mind maps though. They might not be very useful, but it looks great. I’m trying, and miserably failing, to stay positive when it comes to exams. 7 days to go.

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I can’t study without having a break, and Monday means a new Game of thrones episode for me. You might think I don’t get as excited when a new episode comes out because I’ve read the books, but trust me. It’s the highlight of my week. Is that sad? Probably.

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Also, if I don’t update much for these next two weeks I’m sorry, but I have to focus on exams. Expect lots of blogging after that though!

 

King No-one

Published April 26, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

I’m back with another blog about a gig! I know the last one was a week ago but hey, there is never too much music! Yet again it’s a band I’ve not blogged about, but that deserve to be mentioned, King No-one. They had a launch gig for their new album, Millennium!

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I’ve had a pretty bad week at college where I got ill and which started with teachers reminding us that exams are in 20 days and most of us have no chance. Yhanks for the motivational speech. Wednesday I was supposed to have a Spanish speaking exam, which I was not prepared for. Luckily it got moved to the next day and I have never revised for anything more in my life. I’m not even kidding, I woke up at 6am and thought “Antes de ir” which is the first sentence of my presentation. Not good. Then I went to my sociology class, already in a bad mood, and what could make it worse? A surprise mock! And then Guess what? the Spanish Exam got moved until Friday.. I wasn’t happy, as I just wanted to be done with it and accept my failure. Did I mention I had stayed up for 48 hours to revise?
Anyways, long story short(er), after an hour delay I took the exam and it was terrifying, but I passed!!! And I have another Spanish speaking exam, the joy.
Okay, on to the fun part, the gig

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The first band on were Pioneer.

Also, while we were waiting for the band to set up their instruments, they played A Red Hot Chili Peppers song and if you know me, you know how I feel about them. I’m probably a little too passionate about them, but In my opinion, you just need one band like that. (Not that I only have one, because I feel quite strongly about Mumford and sons as well.) Anyways, I keep getting off topic.

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(Great quality, I know. I swear the other pictures are better. I should have brought my new camera.)

They were really good and awfully charming on stage!

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The second band were High Tyde, who came all the way from Brighton.

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A band that is more fun and engaging than these boys will be hard to find! They play some modern and funky indie that makes you want to dance.

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Then it was time for King No-one. They usually busk in York, but I hadn’t seen them in a gig before, and they were really good! These lads are so talented and I’m sure they’ll go far.

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They played some songs from both of their albums, which was good because we could sing along and hear some new tunes. Best of both worlds. (No, this is not a Hannah Montana reference.)

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King No-One has put a lot of hard work into their music, which you definitely notice! With well written songs and a bunch of talented musicians, they are a band that give you a great experience when it comes to music. They are passionate about what they are doing, which is too rare these days.
They ended with the song “Moonstruck” which is one of my favorites, and it was awesome live!

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Yay for pictures with flash.
Also, it was so hot in the venue! Seriously, what was up with that? I do not enjoy being in a room full of sweaty dancing people. Oh well, I guess it’s just a part of the experience.

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Signed CDS, thats two of them in 8 days, I’m doing good.

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On a less cheerful note, I’m leaving this girl and all my other friends in 55 days. I don’t even want to think about leaving York.

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Since it was raining and I was wearing flats, I decided to take them off and walk to the bus stop without shoes. Camilla told me I couldn’t since I’m already Ill, but then again I don’t follow rules. Sorry mum. My tattoo has almost fully healed as well, and I couldn’t be happier with it!

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If you get the chance, I’d give King No-one’s album Millennium a listen, because it’s fantastic and has some amazing songs, so pick it up if you can!

Spring in York

Published April 21, 2014 by iwouldlikeacupoftea

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Kaja and I went into town and since the weather was so nice (and we didn’t have anything better to do), we decided to take some pictures. Normally, we are experts at wandering around town doing absolutely nothing except chat and drink coffee, but I needed something to blog about so we went to museum Gardens and the river.

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This was about a week ago by the way, before I got my hair cut. I miss my long hair. I got half of it cut off and I wanted a sidefringe, but lets just say it didn’t turn out like I wanted to and it looks awful. I only wanted to cut a tiny bit of, but no, that didn’t happen. Now I look really stupid and it makes me sad. You might think “oh, you’re exaggerating, it can’t be that bad”, but trust me. It is worse than that bad.

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Since it’s Easter, there were a lot of tourists. A lot. Nothing against them as I could be counted as one of them, but they gave me and my friend some pretty strange looks. They were frantically snapping pictures of the museum, ruins, flowers and what not, while we were having a photoshoot. It made me slightly uncomfortable.

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Blazer: New Look
Dress: H&M
Shoes:Primark
Deathly Hallow Bracelet: Etsy (which you can’t really see, but it’s awesome and should be mentioned.)

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It was hot enough to actually walk around without a jacket on, which is great! I’m that kind of person that hates when it’s cold and talks about wanting summer, and then I complain about how hot it is. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it though, I just like complaining. I’m kidding, I don’t.

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See, even Kaja who is always cold thought the weather was nice enough for just a t-shirt. Also, it meant ice cream!

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Had to include this despite the boat in the background because Kaja is adorable. We had the problem with the boats a lot. The best thing was that most of them went really slow so we had to wait for ages until they went past. sigh, the struggles. Some people made sure to come by an extra time, just to annoy us. It was funny though.

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If we thought we got strange looks before, it was worse when we decided to take jumping pictures. Oh well, we had fun. We both looked incredibly graceful (especially me, I’m impressed).

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