Western Australian adventures: Getting up, down, and dirty


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How does wide open space feel? Like floating. Like being brought to your knees. Like tasting humility, the limitations of being human, and the might of something much vaster than yourself. It does not feel like Europe one bit, I can tell you that much. At least not the Europe I know, the Europe of the mind, of questioning everything a thousand times before putting it into reality, of letting mind and reason reign over the impulses of your heart, your gut, your most essential self.


This is Western Australia, the land of wild untouched dirt, of colors so intense they make you gasp for air and beg for mercy, as such natural beauty is rarely to be found in places where civilization and man-made card houses of self-importance hold the dice on the playing field of life. 


Driving through the Wild Wild West: Aboriginal Dreams-time in Geraldton


The red dirt to my right, the stark bluest blue you´ll ever see a sky painted in above, the many shades of blue/ turquoise/ greens/ dark emeralds of the mighty Indian Ocean to my left… that is the colorful ground tenor to the symphony of this road trip-adventure. It´s my first going the whole way from Western Australia´s laid-back capital Perth up to Coral Bay aka my latest definition of paradise.



Our first bigger stop is Geraldton, 424 kilometres north of the state capital, Perth. With its around 38.000 inhabitants, it´s a big town in Western Australia – a small one by European standards, though, where people can often be found anywhere you look/walk/sit/breathe. Once our van arrives safely in Geraldton, we do the things we as humans need to do – eat, move, again, breathe. And we do things humans have the privilege of doing, like marveling at art.


Geraldton Art Gallery: Journeying back in Aboriginal time


As I spot the advertisement for an Aboriginal art exhibition at the local art gallery, I suddenly feel as if I´m thrown back in time. I had always felt deeply drawn to Indigenous Australian´s spirituality, wisdom, and art – so much so that back in 2002 I had basically copied every word of a book on the topic into my diary. And that was long before I even knew that I would end up living Down Under for quite a while…


The book had whispered some of the secrets of true magic to me – not the magic that is used nowadays at every turn to market and sell, no, the magic that is as or more real than the lines you are reading right now. The magic of living in unison with all of creation, and of dancing, singing, and sensing your way through the many circles of life. The magic of things unspoken, of veils unbroken, and bonds forged in the forgotten realms of an ethereal home. 



Ancient art in modern spaces 


Following the longings of my heart, I step into the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery and bathe myself in the imagery. The Aboriginal paintings invite me to travel back in time, more specifically around 75.000 years in time, when the first Aboriginal Australians, descendants of the first people ever to leave Africa (here´s to bravery!) arrived in Australia. Granted, the paintings were not THAT bloody old, of course!


For artistic evidence dating back tens of thousands of years, there´s no better way than to check out some original Rock art like the one I had been able to admire on a trip to the Pilbara region of Western Australia. But that´s a story for another time and post, my mates.


The paintings which were on display in Geraldton, meanwhile, did open a window into the Indigenous Australian culture for me through their brilliant storytelling clothed in symbols/ icons, a chronical used to transmit knowledge of the land, events, and beliefs of the Aboriginal people.



The first painting posted above might look deceivingly simple to the uninformed onlooker – who most likely won´t know about a very intriguing and kinda secret characteristic of Indigenous Australian Art. According to the Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery in Kununurra, Aboriginal artists will denote the “outside” story which they prepare for their non-indigenous audience whilst the full “inside” story can be understood only to those with the appropriate level of knowledge. Pretty fascinating, right?

The second artwork showcases a common motive in Aboriginal art. Many Indigenous Aussie paintings consist of thousands of  meticulously created “dots”. More specifically, it´s Western Desert art which is given its unique character through the use of dots.  Executed the traditional way, it takes the artist hundreds of hours of precision and committed attentiveness just to create the background.

So, what do those dots actually stand for, you might ask? Well, they symbolize stars, sparks, burnt ground and the likes as the base of an Aboriginal painting is the organisation of the earth and the ancestral connection with it. Country, respect for country/ earth as well as Dreamtime are important pillars of Aboriginal culture and identity, after all.

The world´s oldest living culture definitely has a lot to teach us “young ones”, and I hope to learn much more about their wisdom and powerful ways of relating to all that is in the future. But ahem, losing track of time here…let´s get back to our roadtrip-adventure! 


Kalbarri explorations: From bloody old to bloody impressive


After a healthy lunch (or was it? Mmh…) overlooking the gorgeous myriad of shades of blue tainted waves of the imposing Indian Ocean, it was time to continue the journey to Kalbarri, more specifically the Kalbarri National Park, boasting impressive inland river gorges with really bloody old rock formations that are definitely older than your grandma. Or your great-grandma. Or your motherland, maybe. Depends where you live.



The relatively secluded National Park, 485 km north of Perth in the Midwest region of WA, entices adventurous visitors with its 400 million-year-old gorges as well as towering ocean cliffs. The Murchison river gorge runs for almost 80 km on the lower reaches of the Murchison River, but before you zone out because Murchison River who – take a look at the colorful power-presence that is Western Australia´s natural forces. You might have never seen a blue that deeply blue and a red that passionately alive red anywhere before!


The circle of life: The treasures of Kalbarri National Park


When out and about exploring the wonders of Kalbarri National Park, I couldn´t help myself and did a little Yoga and mindfulness practice on the incredible ancient lands, feeling her more deeply, letting her overtake my mind and being and dissolving into her magnificence.


Witnessing her entirely meant bowing to her powerful presence while taking in the sensations of warm rays of sunshine on my skin, a rush of chilly wind messing with my hair and cooling down my neck, and the panoramic views of seemingly endless wild nature all around me.



This might be a bit random, but bare with me – did you ever watch the movie “The Lion King” and remember the scene where little Simba was being held up to the sky and introduced to its fellow animal-friends? Not that I felt like a lion-cub (even though I might have let out a tiny roar when gazing upon those views), but the similarities between the scenery were pretty damn striking…:P


We ended up spending a good day exploring Kalbarri National Park – and ended up passing the night in a rather unexpected place while disturbing more than a few orderly citizens in the process. Read all about that cheeky adventure as well as my explorations of the incredible Shark Bay World Heritage Area next time!


Today´s healing action: Seeing that this post is all about stunning Australia, a place that is seriously hurting at the moment, I wanted to share a few links where you can donate to help:

Red Cross Australia – general disaster relief

WWF – help save koalas

If you believe in the power of prayer, that´s another way to help .

Last but not least, it´s a wonderful act of care for our planet to reduce our impact by reducing or eliminating meat consumption, offsetting emissions, and more. Also, check out this helpful article on ways to travel in a more eco-conscious way.


Back to you, dear reader: What´s your favorite National Park, and what do you love most about spending time there? As always, would love to hear from you!



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61 thoughts on “Western Australian adventures: Getting up, down, and dirty

  1. Good morning from Texas Maria-Elena, This is a stunning piece of writing and sharing! I’ve always been enchanted by the ancient magic of Australia. You have created the very feel of it, the colors, mystery and timelessness of it. Absolutely beautifully done. I must be off into my to dos but I’ll be back and exploring this further. Have a beautiful day my dear friend. Hugs and love 🤗❤️

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    • Good afternoon from my side of the pond, dear Suzanne! Thank you so much for your gorgeous feedback!! I love hearing about your fascination with Australia´s ancient wisdom ways, and I am so happy that you feel I could transmit a little bit of Australia´s special brand of magic through my post. Wishing you a fabulous day with lots of playful moments 🙂 Lots of hugs and love back ❤️🤗

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      • Oh, you’ve done a beautiful job of sharing with us. The colors in the photos are stunning and I know how in real life they are always stronger and more brilliant so I can only imagine the skies and the red rocks and sands. To just Be in the midst of the colors, such a dream. It makes one realize how the ancients would have created art to reflect it all. How amazing it would be to know the inside stories of them. Thank you for sharing this, it’s really wonderful and I look forward to your next post as well. I have a couple of books on Dreamtime. You have me wanting to pull them off the shelf and get to reading. And thank you for the links to offer some help in this time of tragedy. You’re a delight Maria-Elena. 🤗❤️

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      • Thanks so much Suzanne:) So glad this post meant so much to you – and yes, the intensity of colors in WA or Australia in general are absolutely mind-blowing. My first weeks after migrating to Western Australia some years back where incredibly intense – completely different colors, trees, flowers wildlife etc, to Europe and a very peculiar English accent that took me a while to understand haha. How cool that you have some books on Dreamtime, happy to have reminded you of them through my post. A fascinating topic for sure. Thanks for your sweet feedback and kindness Suzanne!! Hugs to you and your beautiful (and very lucky) pack 😉 🤗❤️

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      • That’s so cool! I’m tempted to ask how long you lived there but …you might be saving that for another post 🙃. What an incredible experience it must have been for you! Thank you Maria-Elena and back to you! 🤗❤️

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      • Suzanne you are so sweet – just ask away lovely:) I lived Down Under for 4,5 years and actually love going on and on about it haha, because it was so life-altering really! Just incredible, yes 🙂 Happy weekend to ya 🤗❤️

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      • I hope you will post more about your adventures there. How amazing it must have been to live there. Wake up to the colors everyday. To see a kangaroo just because! Thank you! ❤️🤗

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      • My pleasure Suzanne, and thanks for your support and interest 🙂 Yes the color, wildlife, and lifestyle were really something else! Will definitely post many more stories on my WA experiences in the future. Have a great start to your week! ❤️🤗

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      • I look forward to reading more about your adventures in Australia. Hope your week is off to a good start as well! Thank you Maria-Elena 🤗❤️

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      • Thank you very much Suzanne! Currently writing the next Aussie post, so stay tuned:) 🤗❤️

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      • Sweet! ❤️🤗

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  2. I love your descriptions of the beauty, awe, colors, and connection with nature Maria. Your passion and respect shine through. I hope you are safe and not near the fires or maybe this trip was before they started.

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  3. I love the way you transport me in your posts. You capture the beauty in a place with your beautiful spirit and it is infectious! I love this: “The magic of living in unison with all of creation, and of dancing, singing, and sensing your way through the many circles of life.”

    Ahh, the most magical and fulfilling way to live xoxox

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    • Rachel, thanks so much, kia mihi for your kind and beautiful feedback! Love hearing that you find the vibe infectious, that´s an awesome compliment:) And yeah, a little/ lot of music/ dancing/ singing etc can lead us back to a more joyful and mind-free existence, I believe… Have an awesome day xxx

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  4. Ahh, my beautiful nimble friend, you’ve captured the heart and soul of outback Western Australia perfectly and transported me to her beauty. Can you feel my heavy sigh of contentment. I loved this post. I’ve only been to Perth and the bottom end of WA, Esperance, etc. Doing the full coastal leg up to the top and across the Kimberley is very high on my bucket list so this post was like a tonic for my travel loving soul.
    Loved the Aboriginal art, your descriptions and colourful photos. There’s something so mesmorising about their drawings, so intricate and deep you almost lose yourself in it.
    As for all your nimble yoga poses Maria, I felt like I was there with you kiddo cos I’d be doing the same too. And yep, I’ve watched The Lion King and knew exactly where you were coming from. Roar my friend, you’re a lioness of writing and inspiration.
    Thank you for a beautiful trip and sharing your memories and photos of your time there. You captivate me with your words and pics and your big heart in general. Warm hugs and mucho love from a balmy Melbourne to you. xxxxxx 🙂

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    • My lovely Miriam, I feel so at ease and as if I am directly hanging out with you when reading your heartfelt comments (and gorgeous inspiring posts, for that matter!). Actually just pouring myself a cup of tea as we speak to “savor our conversation” even more 😂😂 The digital native life I guess lol. Amica, it means a lot to get this loving feedback from you, a real Aussie with a heart of gold who I adore so much, and who lives and breathes my cherished Australia with every step! 🙂 🙏 You mentioned your desire to travel the WA coast and up to the Kimberley-region- OMG yes, it´s so worth it!! I would love to visit the Kimberley-region in the future, the one WA-area I didn´t make it to yet. And isn´t Esperance just incredible as well? Sigh. Haha, I had to smile regarding what you mentioned with the Yoga-poses. I actually had to think of you and how similar a vibe I get from your pictures when uploading them 😀 Fellow lioness (loved that compliment of yours), I hope one day we will meet Down Under and roar a little together 🙂 Hearing from you is always a gift my friend. So much love and gratitude! Hugs cara and keep being your awesome you xxxx 🙂

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      • Oh, how your comment made me smile Maria. Like you, it’s as though you’re here with me when you write to me and I can hear your words. It’s fabulous! So I’ve got my water bottle (cos it’s hot) and my cheese and biccies as I type this! All is good! I wanted to tell you too that I’ve also included the two links that you put at the bottom of your post, in my latest one (which isn’t published yet). So we are incredibly aligned. Both organisations are close to my heart, both the Red Cross and the Wildlife fund. Yes, my fellow lioness, we are undeniably similar in many ways. Love it so much and always look forward to your posts and your comments. I’m typing this on my laptop so I can’t do all the usual emojis lol but know that I’m sending you smiles, hugs, hearts and lots of love across the ocean. Keep smiling and keep being your awesome self. xxxxx

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      • Cara amiga, that is very very cool with the two same links!! Love that!! Another thing linking us to each other 😛 (Bad pun intended haha). I am seriously stoked about our connection and common ground!! Just letting out a celebratory roar as we speak 😉 😎 Mi piace molto la nostra amicizia (once stayed for a month in Italy and did an Italian language course in Rome, also coz I was dating a ragazzo di Roma at that time, but credo che non mi recordo di molte parole – allora mi dispiace cara!💖). Thanks for all your amazingness!!! And the emoji-love! Amore e baci 💖xxx

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  5. Wow!
    Western Australia is stunningly beautiful!
    I know what you mean about wide open spaces. I was born and raised in the Canadian Prairies.
    I do feel claustrophobic in the city, but I live by the great lake, Ontario, and have a view. You can’t see the other side, so it’s just open space. Of course it’s usually a greyish colour, but sometimes greenish.

    I learned more about Australia in this post, than in my whole life.
    I adore the part on the Aboriginal People.

    Thank you for this post!
    I just hope the wildfires don’t reach there. Have you encountered any effects from the fires?
    Okay, dear Gyspy, stay safe!!!

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    • Resa, what an awesome feedback you are giving me here, thanks so much! You know, I sometimes literally feel speechless when I read especially meaningful lines/ responses to my posts, and you saying that you learned more about Australia from this humble post than in your whole life really left me without words – so humbled and excited about it!!! Thank you so so much lovely!! Also, how exciting that you were raised in the Canadian Prairies – that must have been a life very much in tune with nature hey? Canada must be just stunning. Our earth is just incredible really, so much beauty to be explored and revered! Thanks for your concern again lovely, so sweet! abrazos/ hugs from Spain xxx

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      • Abrazos!
        Well, I am enjoying your posts.
        Canada is a very large land mass. There is lots to see, but man still eats away at our large environ.
        It’s worth a visit. If you ever plan a trip here, let me know. Although, a comprehensive discovery of Canada could take months.
        I want you to see the true beauty & history. xx

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      • So happy to hear that you enjoy them 🙂 Yeah, man/humans can be the most dangerous animals… or maybe unaware humans anyways… Canada is definitely on my list! Not sure when I´ll make it – but am hopeful I´ll visit sometime!! And – will take enough time to honour its beauty and history, and we can maybe hang out and grab a coffee then, or check out some street art hehe – whenever it may be – thank you 🙂 LOVE countries that are so dominated by nature and wilderness. Buenas noches and happy weekend xx

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      • Buenas noches y muchos días felices!

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      • Oh, muchas gracias 🙂 Que bien que hables español! Nighty x

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  6. Maria – your post transported me to a place I’ve longed to visit. Your words, your photos, your smiles all make me want to keep Australia on my bucket list. Have you been to Shelley beach!? It looks like it was chilly there based upon your clothes…what was the temperature? And…you can do yoga in jeans, I can’t even do those poses in sweats! LOL! I agree with you, the complementary colors are so eye appealing, and the history is fascinating. So many things to admire. And, yes that spot fits the scene in Lion King – it was/is a favorite of our empty nest family. I too am praying for Australia – I have many blogging friends from there. Hugs to you, dear – lovely post, thank you for sharing! xx

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    • Dear Shelley, ah how awesome is that! Yes please do keep Australia on your bucket list, it is an epic piece of paradise… sigh! Shelley beach… I looked it up again and I think its located in Manly, Sydney, right? There were several coming up… but…stay tuned for next week´s post, because I did go to a place that´s a bit similar! 😉 I did this trip in Aussie winter, in July, and it did get chilly at times – don´t remember the exact temperature though. It can get very cold at night time in winter, especially in the more desert-y regions. Very being relative – nothing compared to your winters I think. With the Yoga poses – …I started doing Yoga as a teenager so I do it anywhere and in any type of clothes haha. Yoga in sweatpants is best though!:) So pleased you enjoyed the post! Thanks for your beautiful feedback, and enjoy your weekend:) hugs xx

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      • I’m keeping it on my list. Thanks for answering my questions. I really don’t know where the beach is, I had just heard of it and thought it would be appropriate for me to go there. It would be so weird to see cool weather without snow.
        I’m a novice when it comes to yoga – you’re going to love yourself when you get to my age and you’re still doing yoga! Keep it up!!
        I hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

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      • You´re welcome Shelley! There might actually be several Shelley beaches Down Under – so you have your play cut out for you once you´ll visit 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement – yes, I will definitely keep the Yoga practice up, it´s such a great practice to start and keep up at any age! Good on you for being a member of the ever-expanding Yoga club hehe 🙂 Enjoy your Monday lovely! xx

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      • Thank you, Maria!!!

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      • 🤗❤️ My pleasure!

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  7. Wow.dear dost!! You are really most adventurous.most beautiful cave ,river,mountains and national parks.you have asked -so i reply that i like all national parks in different countries.hey that side,this time is cold.enjoy yaar.you are walking with this i am dreaming of Western Australia😘😘😘😘😘. Bounas noches with love ,Qurida amiga.❤❤❤

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    • Mere yaar, dhanyawaad for your lovely comment 🙂 Yes I have had some crazy adventures, still lots to write about! National Parks are amazing. Yes, when I did this trip a while ago, it was Australian winter time. Buenas noches mere pyari jaan. Love and hugs ❤❤❤

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      • Meri pyaari dost.!!love your respose.😊you are looking in winter dress as most naughty and cute.love your all photos.Big hugs and much love.Shabba khair,meri jaan💕💕💕💕

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      • Meri pyaari jaan, thanks so much for your sweet words 🙂 My grandma used to really dislike those clothes, she was always telling me “Those ripped jeans again!!” haha. Much love and hugs y que tengas un gran dia (have q great day) 💕💕💕

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      • Lol.that dress has craziness among the young generation.i don’t wear that but like that dress☺ have a wonderful and happy day.💖much love and big hugs,my dear dost.🌷

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      • Lol thats good to hear! Fashion is a good way to express one´s personality. Thanks for your lovely wishes my friend! Te deseo (I wish you) un dia fabuloso (a fantastic day). Much love and hugs, and enjoy your festivals in your amazing country 🙂 💖💖

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      • 😁😁😁😁😁really i want to wear that dress and dance.this dress is symbol of careless and free nature💖much love and big hugs,mere yaar💕💕💕💕

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  8. Wow, I love those rock formations. Beautiful scenery. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Hello Parker, thanks so much for taking the time to read, follow, and leaving such a lovely comment! Glad you enjoyed the post. The Australian landscapes are indeed quite spectacular:)

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  9. Australia is my dream trip! One day will happen!!!!!

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  10. Maria-Elena, you lucky Sheila, you had a marvellous adventure. Another heart felt post that makes my feet itch to travel. Love the links to donate and of course, the prayers now necessary for rain.
    About that Park?
    I love the Kruger National Park, for the bigger kitties of course. 🤗

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    • Lovely Kavitha, so good to read from you:) Thanks for your wonderful feedback gorgeous! Love connecting you with your wanderlust. Thanks for the shout out on your beautiful blog to support Australia also. I do hope people/ individuals as well as corporations do take this as a wake-up call to change lifestyles and decisions towards a more environmentally-conscious way of being in the world! Thanks so much for sharing your favorite National Park with us – oh man, I have heard so much about Kruger National Park!! Sigh your country. I need a beam-machine. Like now. Big hugs to you in beautiful South Africa xxx

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  11. What beautiful pictures! The combination of blue, blue sky and orange/brown rock is gorgeous! The yoga poses add a feeling of serenity and strength. I think my favorite is the one of you being a tree. Great post!

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  14. Hi, thanks for the visit 🤗

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