Nashville 3-Day Travel Guide

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Welcome to Nashville y’all! Of all of the cities we have traveled to thus far, this may just be my favorite! I’ve always been a huge fan of country music ever since I was a little girl! My favorite artists being Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood and more; so naturally Nashville, aka Music City, was the perfect vacation for us! If you have an appreciation for music and it’s roots, you’ll love Nashville too! If you enjoy drinking and bar hopping through live music and fun crowds, you’ll love Nashville too! So, let’s go to Nashville!

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After arriving at Nashville International Airport (BNA), we were so happy to hear live music playing in the terminal! We headed over to our hotel, Aloft Nashville West End, which has an awesome view of downtown! We were lucky enough to have our good friends Hannah and Alec also in town for the day, so we met them for lunch at what is now one of my favorite taco spots in the U.S.!

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Mas Tacos is freaking amazing. I love tacos and Mexican, but this stuff is awesome and authentic! There is indoor and outdoor seating, but be aware – no air conditioning! It was pretty hot that day, but it was totally worth it for these tacos.

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I had Cast Iron Chicken Tacos, filled with skillet chicken, salsa verde, and sour cream – YUM! They even have a Fried Avocado taco *insert surprised emoji here*! I also had a Lime Cilantro Agua Fresca, amazing, and Mexican Street Corn, or Elote! Not only is the food delicious, the decor is colorful and funky with giant Christmas lights! More Tacos Please!

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I’m always down for a good milkshake, so it was just perfect that The Soda Parlor was a short drive from Mas Tacos! This place is SO adorable – reminds me of a 50’s soda shop!

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I had a Son-Of-Reese’s milkshake, a chocolate and peanut butter malt topped with whipped cream and a Reese’s cup!

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Tyler had a Master Commander, a root beer float! This place is so cute and also delicious! The East Nash mural is also right outside!

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Y’all, there aren’t enough words to describe how much I loved The Bluebird Cafe. When I was researching Nashville I knew this was somewhere I needed to go, and boy was I right. First off, The Bluebird Cafe is a music venue in a strip mall in Nashville, but is is SO much more than that. Local singers and songwriters play here, and we were lucky enough to get tickets for a Friday night show.

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The specifics about their reservations can be found on the link I’ve shared above, I waited almost 2 hours in the online ticket queue for ours, but it was so worth it. They sell out, AND FAST. If you get in through the Queue you’ll pick seats from the limited tables! If you aren’t lucky enough to get a ticket online (going on sale either one week in advance, or on the Monday the week of the show) you can take your chances and wait in line at the door, but get there early! Anyone showing up with tickets lines up on the LEFT; anyone hoping to score a seat lines up on the RIGHT. The tickets are FREE.

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Now, on to the show. We were lucky enough to have an amazing group of artists the night we were there – J.T. Harding, Phil Barton, Jesse Lee, and Bobby Hamrick! My favorite song was “Coconuts” by Bobby Hamrick – hoping we will hear it on the radio soon! This was an “In The Round” performance, meaning the performers were in the middle of the room of the small intimate venue. An “In The Row” performance is on the stage. Food and drinks are available – I had deviled eggs and Tennessee Brew Works beers. I can tell you that is is about 2 hours of pure musical magic. We laughed, we cried – pure bliss for anyone who appreciates intimate music venues. Many famous musicians have been discovered or played here such as Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, and more.

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We hit up Lower Broadway – the area of Broadway closest to the Cumberland River with all of the famous Nashville bars – every night! I’ll tell you about my favorite bars here:

Tin Roof – a cool vibe with Christmas Lights, lots of color, live bands, and bikes hanging from the ceiling!

Honky Tonk Central – this was our favorite bar on Lower Broad! Definitely a 20-something scene, but this place has 3 floors of live music, open air balconies, and the drinks are flowing! We returned here every night, and even tipped a little more to hear Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash!

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Robert’s Western World – This place is a real-deal honky tonk, so if you want to hear fiddle and steel guitar, you’ll probably hear it here! It’s a cozy place with paintings of the great country artists of all time on the walls!

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Tootsie’s – This is probably one of the most famous bars in Nashville, and for good reason! This purple colored building has an awesome venue space, however it was pretty PACKED! Well, when we went upstairs and found Kid Rock playing, I guess we found out why! Too cool!

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The Stage – This place has awesome acoustics and we caught an awesome band here and live fiddle! Loved it!

Broadway is a lot of fun because there is music day and night! There is always something going on and lots of people watching!

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There were plenty of other awesome bars, including new ones like Ole Red, Whiskey Row, Jason Aldean’s, and FGL house – which we hope to hit up next time!

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I love Biscuit Love, but do not come here unless you’re willing to wait in a long line! I was, and the food was really awesome, but there are for sure other places in Nashville to find biscuits, so plan accordingly! 🙂 Biscuit Love is super cute and known for it’s Bonuts and Nashville sign!

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We waited about 1 hr 15 minutes on a Saturday morning! I had the Bonuts, which are phenomenal! They are fried biscuit dough with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote! (This is a lot and can be eaten by itself!) I also had to try their Biscuit and Gravy – yum! The biscuits are fluffy and flaky, just perfect. Tyler had the East Nasty, fried chicken, cheddar, gravy and biscuits – He liked it a lot! I also had an iced chai, delish!

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After, we walked over to the Kelsey Montague Wings mural – featured later. Be prepared to wait 30-40 minutes to get your shot with this one too!

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We changed up our plans a little bit after a downpour, and decided to head over to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum! We both love history AND music, so this place was awesome! They had a Shania Twain exhibit, and a Faith Hill and Tim McGraw exhibit, which I loved! It was really awesome to read, hear, and see the history of Country Music come alive in this museum – from the beginning to now!

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I LOVE JOHNNY CASH, so for me, the Johnny Cash Museum was a MUST DO. Located right off Lower Broadway, this museum is small, but packed with memorabilia of the Man in Black himself, and his love, June Carter Cash. This museum was amazing because there are so many interactive experiences – with headphones and a photo booth!

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The Grand Ole Opry began as a radio broadcast in 1925, and it still is a live broadcast today! This huge venue, located outside of downtown, has hosted massive Country Legends, and we were lucky enough to catch a show featuring Trace Adkins! It’s nicknamed The Home of Country Music and Country’s Most Famous Stage. If you get a chance to see The Opry, I’m labeling this a MUST DO if you love Country Music! You’ll get to see a live show broadcast over WSM and you might even see one of your favorite artists! You’ll see people of all ages here, so awesome!

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After the Opry, we hit up Lower Broad again!

 

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In the area known as 12 South, we headed over to Five Daughters Bakery, because DONUTS, actually, 100-Layer Donuts! They are totally delicious, with sweet icing and flaky laters – mouth-watering! The building itself is adorable with turquoise, white, and pink everywhere! They even have little photo displays outside for photo ops!

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I needed to have some good ole’ bbq while in Nashville, and Edley’s BBQ didn’t disappoint! This is also in the 12 South area, so it was a short walk from Five Daughters Bakery in between mural hunting! This place is a “Tribute to All Things Southern”. I had a brisket platter with potato salad, baked beans, and cornbread – WOW.

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The Ryman. This is the place where Johnny met June, nuff said. Originally a tabernacle, this became the home of the Opry after being a home for traveling acts, and after being saved from destruction, is still a beautiful venue today!

We did a guided backstage tour, totally worth it! Self guided tours are also available. We even had our photo taken at the Mother Church of Country Music – exactly where Johnny and June stood!

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Of course I had to walk the Music City Walk of Fame to see all of my favorite country music artists and the greats! Stop by and snap a few photos on your favorite STAR!

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After hitting up Lower Broad and Boot Barn to get a new pair of boots in Nashville, we walked over to the Tennessee State Capitol, because I’ve made a goal recently to see every state capitol building! This building is BEAUTIFUL, so we snapped a photo and headed back to the hotel! We went back out on Lower Broadway that night!

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In the morning we walked the Pedestrian Bridge to get some awesome views of Nashville before we left for the airport! We attempted to eat at Hattie B’s, but the line was so long we ended up having to leave – next time!

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Mas Tacos Mural

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East Nashville Mural

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Outside and to the Left of The Soda Parlor

Jason Woodside Mural

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I Love Donuts Mural

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@ Five Daughters Bakery

Kelsey Wings Nashville Mural

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I Believe in Nashville Mural

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Draper James Blue and White Stripes Mural

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Side of Draper James – Across from I Believe in Nashville Mural

Tye-Dye Nashville Mural

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Make Music Not War Mural

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Wildflowers Mural

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2902 12th Ave S – Across from Make Music Not War Mural

Diagonal Rainbow Mural

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Nashville Guitar Mural

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Overall, Nashville was an AMAZING experience, and definitely a place I would go over and over again!

This concludes my Itinerary from Nashville. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions about my trip!

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New York City – Perfect Four Day Itinerary

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I am so incredibly excited to share with you my four days in NYC! It was my VERY FIRST TIME in the city, and my itinerary went – almost – flawlessly, so I want to share it with you! Before the trip, I encourage you to buy CityPASS, a booklet with many different tickets for the most popular attractions – this saved us a ton of money and was totally worth it. So here it is, My New York City – Perfect Four Day Itinerary!

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We arrived at La Guardia airport in Queens, and uber’d into the city, as there is no subway access from this airport! On our way from the airport to our hotel, we were able to see the Empire State Building – included in CityPASS if you so choose to visit. We arrived at our hotel – Row Hotel NYC, and then immediately hit the subway for the first time! I recommend getting the MetroCard – we got the 7 days for around $30, awesome!

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For our first stop on the trip, we went to The High Line – a relatively new park in NYC, made from an old subway train route! There are plenty of camera-ready spots with a beautiful view of the Hudson! We caught sunset here (SEE BELOW). While walking The High Line, we wandered into Chelsea Market where we had DELICIOUS tacos @ Los Tacos No. 1 *must have*.

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We journeyed over to Washington Square Park where we saw the Washington Arch. Some of my favorite foodie places were here! I had cookie dough in a pink cone @ DO; We had Salty Pimp and Bea Arthur cones @ Big Gay Ice Cream; and finally amazing Banana Pudding @ Magnolia Bakery. We ended our sweet fix with dinner @ the “best pizza in NYC” – Keste Pizza & Vino.

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On our second day, our great friends Amanda and Ryan came to meet us in NYC for their first time as well! It was time to hit the streets for a true New York experience. This day is very heavy with walking, so feel free to break it up as you choose! We started our morning with The Statue of Libery and Ellis Island (This is a separate ferry than the Staten Island Ferry, that you must pay for). We used our CityPASS!

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We rode the Ferry past the Statue of Liberty and were able to get some great photos! You can stop and get off on the island to see the statue up close *Crown tickets are sold separately and sell out fast*, however we decided to head over to Ellis Island!

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IMG_1199If you’ve read my ABOUT ME section, you probably already know that I’m really into historical places, so this was a MUST DO for me. We used our CityPASS which includes both The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The museum includes the Great Hall where the immigrants first arrived, and several exhibits with stories and relics from all time periods since it opened. If you choose, there is a separate paid tour to see more of the island. Not to mention this place has great views of Manhattan! This was a really cool and emotional experience, to think about what so many people did and went through just to be an American.

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This was definitely one of the coolest little areas in NYC, and it’s even taking over part of Little Italy now! We stopped here for lunch @ Tasty Dumplings, totally yummy. I’m pretty sure they were around 10 for $4, can you beat that?

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The yellow awning is @ Tasty Dumpling

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This was by far, my favorite place and the rest of my crew agreed. This is an incredibly emotional experience, and it should be. 9/11 was a heart-wrenching, terrible event in American history. I was in the third grade, and this is one of the days I remember most vividly, so coming to this place was incredibly moving. It is a testament to the American way, our strength, our pride, and our ability to get back up and keep going. I feel so much pride for New York and the people who live there and experienced this tragedy.

We not only visited the Reflecting Pools, saw the One World Trade Center up close, but our favorite part was the 9/11 Memorial and Museum (with our CityPASS). We purchased the headsets with audio tour at the front desk, around $7 – ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT. This museum is hands-down the best one I’ve been to; it is incredibly well-done and respectful, as well as informative with a ton of mementos and artifacts. I am labeling this a *MUST DO*.

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We wandered over to Wall Street to be apart of the New York life, the Financial District. The streets were buzzing with professionals, young and old! We were able to walk down original brick streets, see the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall (the birthplace of American Democracy), see the Charging Bull and the Fearless Girl – my favorite!

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No trip to New York would be a trip to New York without walking the Brooklyn Bridge! Walking it during sunset was BEAUTIFUL. I always love doing a “follow-me-to” photo, and this was a perfect spot. We walked over to Brooklyn Bridge Park and caught the sunset with a glimmering view of the city lights coming on – this isn’t easy to get to right from the bridge, so make sure to open up your maps or ask a local!

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This stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, and is a beautiful spot for photography! I was so glad we got there just in time before the sun had set! There are two famous pizza places here that we didn’t get to check out, but were suggestions from friends (Juliana’s and Grimaldi’s).

You can find this exact spot at the intersection of Front Street and Washington Street!

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No downtown trip in NYC would be complete without Little Italy! We went to Lombardi’s for pizza and drinks, and then headed over to Ferrara Bakery for delicious cannoli and gelato (highly recommend).

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Lombardi’s

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We started our our third day a little later – mostly because we were tired from day two! We originally planned to stop at Ess-A-Bagel (a recommendation from a friend), however when we got there we discovered it was closed for Yom Kippur, so we headed over to our next stop.

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Although I’ve heard an argument for the best views of NYC from many people, after a lot of research, I decided my personal favorite was Top of the Rock – so that’s where we went first on day three! (The photo from the beginning of this blog is also from here.) We got there around 10 am – and barely any wait! We used our CityPASS once again. The views were incredible, and we were able to see both Central Park & Midtown to Downtown!

In the same area you can find The Rockefeller Center Plaza with the Atlas Statue. Right across the street is the famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral, absolutely beautiful!

grandcentral.jpgOne of the prettiest buildings I have been into was Grand Central Terminal – a main hub for subway travel in NYC. I was stunned by the beauty of the ceiling and the clock in the center – made of Tiffany and Co. glass.

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For lunchtime, we headed over to the Flatiron District! We ate @ Eataly, a massive italian food market right next to the Flatiron Building! We ate at the “Pasta” restaurant inside, be prepared for a wait here, but there is plenty to do while you wait – like cheese and wine tasting!

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After lunch, we took the subway back to Midtown for sweets and shopping! I HAD to have a famous cupcake @ Sprinkles! Their cupcake ATM is adorable! We then headed over to 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue for some shopping @ my favorite – Kate Spade New York, and Amanda’s favorite – Michael Kors. For dinner we had giant juicy burgers, towering milkshakes, & delicious mason jar margaritas and beer @ Black Tap Midtown.

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We started our morning with breakfast @ City Kitchen – a fun little food market within our hotel – Row Hotel NYC. One place even serves tortilla chips and salsa (My favorite thing) with breakfast! Amanda and I opted for my favorite… donuts @ Dough! I had nutella and cinnamon sugar! Amanda had lemon poppy and horchata! The location is really fun too with great stools overlooking city life!

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This is definitely my SECOND favorite part of NYC, Central Park. It was so beautiful. We started @ Columbus Circle (you can take the subway directly here). Grab a map when you first walk into the park at the kiosk (around $2). First we walked north where you’ll see a ton of people lying on giant rocks (literally), but a great spot for photos! Then we walked The Mall, a beautiful pathway of trees intertwining overhead. Next we walked through the gorgeous Bethesda Terrace to the Bethesda Fountain, a must-see, and finally over to Bow Bridge and the Loeb Boathouse. From Bow Bridge you can also see the Plaza Hotel and all of the row-boaters on the lake.

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Serendipity, yes, from the famous movie. This was such an awesome experience. We walked right in and sat down – although I hear that isn’t typical for this famous spot in Midtown! This pink and sparkling place was so much fun. We had chicken pot pie, and the world famous dessert – FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE. It is heavenly.

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One of my favorite things is wall art, and no matter where I go, I always try and find local murals! These were a few of my favorites from NYC:

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Flower Mural – @ 250 Mulberry St
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Heart Mural @ Little Cupcake Bakeshop
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Kelsey Montague Wand Mural @ Cafe Gitane
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Heart by Hektad @ 31 E. 1st Street
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American Flag Wall – somewhere in Little Italy (Message me if you know address!)
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Audrey Hepburn @ 176 Mulberry St.

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Who wouldn’t want to be Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s even for a moment? My dream came true, as Tyler took me to Tiffany and Co. (the original on 5th Ave) to pick out my anniversary present! This is a must-stop for any Tiffany lover like myself!

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Since we stayed in Times Square, we walked through here many times! The bright lights and people watching are top-knotch, however this was my least favorite part of the city. I am not one for massive crowds, so this is a one-time stop by my recommendation! Although it’s a must-see, there are way too many places here that you can see or shop anywhere else, and I suggest journeying deeper into the city for a true experience!

This concludes my Itinerary from NYC. I hope that you enjoyed my blog and please feel free to hit CONTACT to ask me any questions about my trip!

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All photos are my own and are not to be used without the blogger/photographer’s permission. Thank you.

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I am really into travel reading, and so here are some of the sources I used to plan my trip! Hopefully they can help you plan yours as well!


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