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Slight Turbulence - Terry Laban

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 13, 2017 at 18:04

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Traveling Stress-Free with IBS3 min read

Stress-free travel with IBS

You look around in a panic for the nearest bathroom. You need to get there NOW, but the plane is just about to take off and the fasten seatbelt sign is already on. Dealing with the symptoms of your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for the next 15 minutes can feel like a lifetime. Sadly, many people suffer in silence and feel alone with their condition, but in reality more than 45 million Americans have IBS. That means there’s a good possibility someone else on that airplane eyeing up the bathroom for the very same reason.

The other sad fact is that IBS stops many sufferers from ever getting on that plane or traveling anywhere due to the pain, discomfort, anxiety and fear of embarrassment that it causes. But it doesn’t have to. Get a checkup with your doctor first, and then follow these tips from IBS sufferers like you. They’ll help you feel more confident about traveling with IBS.

Tip 1: Pick an Aisle Seat

Knowing you can excuse yourself whenever you want can help relieve your anxiety around IBS. Make sure you pick an aisle seat on the airplane when checking in and don’t get stuck on the inside of the booth at the restaurant.

Tip 2: Bring Your Medication

This may seem like a no-brainer, but bring your prescribed medication when you travel. You should also check with your doctor about what over-the-counter medications you can use as well to relieve your symptoms—and stock up, especially if you’re traveling overseas. Local pharmacies in other countries may not have exactly what you need or the brand you trust, so bring it with you.

Tip 3: BYOF

Speaking of bringing it with you, it’s also a good idea to BYOF, or bring your own food. Eating in new restaurants and trying foreign cuisine is a challenge for even the most iron-stomached among us. You should bring a few comfort foods from home that you know work well with your system, just in case you’re not comfortable with the culinary challenges you’ll be presented with.

Tip 4: Breathe Deeply

Anxiety is the enemy of all IBS sufferers since it can trigger your symptoms or make them worse. Breathing exercises can help relax your nervous system and help you avoid a flare-up. Breathe in deeply for a count of five, purse your lips, and blow out slowly for a count of ten. This will trick your body into feeling more relaxed, which makes it easy for your to calm your brain and your anxious thoughts.

Tip 5: Prepare for Stealth Mode

If you do have a flare-up, you can’t always choose when or where you’ll use the bathroom. This can increase your anxiety if you feel like you may suffer embarrassment. Prepare for stealth mode in case you need it. First, a well-timed flush of the toilet can help to mask embarrassing noises if you don’t have the privacy you need and want. Second, bring an odor eliminator with you, which are drops you put in the toilet water before you go to keep everything smelling fresh as a daisy. A quick search of your favorite online mega-retailer will provide plenty of options.

Tip 6: Come Clean

One of the worst things about IBS is the embarrassment many people feel about their symptoms. If you’re traveling with friends or family, it’s time to come clean about your condition. You’ll feel more relaxed, you won’t feel the need to hide the things you do to handle your symptoms, and you may even learn that someone else has the same issue (hey, there are 45 million of us!).

With a little preparation and a whole lot of bravery, you too can be a world traveler—even with your IBS. Each hurdle you overcome and success you experience will make your next trip that much easier.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 12, 2017 at 19:24

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Top 4 Christmas Markets in Germany4 min read

German Christmas Market

Have you heard of Chriskindlmarkt? These popular, outdoor Christmas markets can be found in most German cities in the weeks leading up to the holidays, and they’re the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season with your family. You’ll find yourself immersed in festivities awash in lights, great food and beverages, and good cheer. These traditions have deep roots in German history, but each city, town and region has added its own local flavor to how they’re celebrated. They’re so popular that the idea has been exported to the United States, so you may have a Chriskindlmarkt in your own home town.

If you do have a chance to travel in Germany during the Christmas season, you’re sure to find something to put you in the holiday spirit. Today, there are over 2,500 Chriskindlmarkts (in fact, Berlin alone hosts 70 different ones). Here is your guide to the ones you cannot miss!

Cologne

Hands down, if you are going to visit any Chriskindlemarkt in Germany, don’t miss the one in Cologne. It is one of the most well-known Chriskindlemarkts and is placed perfectly next to the Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It plays home to the largest Christmas tree in the region and hosts nearly 200 booths with vendors offering handmade baubles and locally-sourced foods and wines. While walking through the market, you can hear Christmas music, visit the puppet theater and there is even a Grimm’s fairytales themed play!

Expert Tip: Try the Gluhwein, which roughly translates as glow wine, named for the hot irons once used for mulling. You’ll also glow yourself if you have the version mit Schuss, or with a shot of rum or other liquor. During the holidays you’ll find gluhwein stalls set up in public places and Christmas markets. This wine is sweetened and flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices, then served hot. It’s the perfect winter warmer for the cold December days in Germany.

Stuttgart

Another of the largest Chriskindlemarkts is in Stuttgart, one of the most walkable cities in Germany thanks to its low-traffic city square. This Chriskindlmarkt is set under the shadow of the Old Palace and has over 280 stalls. Nestled in the Black Forest area, the Stuttgart Chriskindlmarkt offers up local Swabian delicacies, and seasonal gifts like hard-carved nutcrackers and felted lamb slippers.

As if it wasn’t enticing enough, this Chriskindlmarkt also has concerts in the courtyard of Old Palace, with traditional German Christmas tunes and youth choirs that brought tears to my eyes. Over 3.6 million people frequent this market every year, so book your hotels in advance!

Dresden

The Chriskindlmarkt in Dresden dates back to the early 1400s, making it the oldest Chriskindlemarkt in Germany and the world. It features the world’s tallest Nutcracker and the world’s tallest Christmas pyramid. There are over 250 huts with glass-blowers, bakers, and wood-carvers in action to give visitors an idea of how much work and skill goes into each bauble. One of the most popular foods from Dresden that is sold at this market is stollen, a bread similar to fruitcake. On December 9th, Stollenfest commences with a colorful parade through the Old Town and a giant stollen bread is cut into thousands of pieces and given out to the crowd.

Expert Tip: The stollen tradition dates back to the 14th century, when it was baked to honor princes and church dignitaries. Legend has it that the lumps in stollen represent the humps of the camels that carried the three wise men on the first Christmas. You’ll find regional variations that include different types of fruits, nuts and seeds—everyone has their favorite.

Aachen

The city of Aachen is near the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands and their influence on the Chriskindlmarkt in the area is seen in the foods and knickknack craftsmanship. Featured foods include gingerbread, Skepulatius (a spiced biscuit), marzipan bread, and most famously printen. Printen is a gingerbread type delicacy and is the most famous baked good from Aachen. It’s so important to the people of Aachen that a giant printen stands in the market as a symbol of the city. This market is located adjacent the Aachen Cathedral, which is lit up with sparkling Christmas lights at night to give the market a true “Winter Wonderland” appearance.

Expert Tip: One of the most cherished traditions in Germany around Christmas is enjoying a little “down time.” The hustle and bustle leading up to holidays ends like clockwork the day before Christmas and continues through the day after. Markets and shops will close as people prepare to spend time with their families. The majority of commerce stops during these official holiday days, so don’t expect to do much sight-seeing, shipping, or other tourism activities. Stores and shops will open again on December 27, so plan your trip accordingly.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 6, 2017 at 15:22

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Adventures in Liverpool: More than the Beatles or Premier League3 min read

St. Lukes Liverpool

When someone mentions London, you might immediately think of Big Ben, the Royal Family or the British flag. However, when you think of Liverpool, you may not have as much to associate with the city beyond the Beatles or the popular soccer team.

But for someone who has spent time in both these amazing cities, I can tell you they both have so much more to offer. Especially in Liverpool, there are some amazing opportunities to explore British culture. If you have the chance to visit Liverpool, here are some cool spots you can’t miss.

Hang Out at Albert Dock

During my stay in Liverpool, between seeing other parts of the city, I always found myself down at Albert Dock. Packed with restaurants, gift shops and museums, it’s easy to spend hours hanging out at the dock.

One of my favorite activities is to take a ride on the Wheel of Liverpool, which is located just a short distance from Albert Dock. It’s a great first activity when arriving in Liverpool because it gives you a bird’s eye view of the layout of the city.

My travel buddy and I happened to ride the wheel on our first day in Liverpool, which helped us figure out where all the spots we wanted to visit were located throughout the area.

Explore Churches

What took me by surprise when arriving in Liverpool is that it’s home to some incredible churches. Liverpool is a very walkable city, and exploring the churches can be a great way to stretch your legs while seeing the sights.

One you can’t miss is Church of St Luke. The church built in the 1800s was bombed during World War II but the outer structure still remains — which is why it’s now called the “Bombed Out Church.” You can wander around the property to get better views (and pictures!) of what’s left of the building. Some days you can also pay a small fee to walk around within the church’s shell too.

Another church I recommend checking out is the Liverpool Cathedral. Built in the 20th century and surviving both World Wars, the massive space is something to see.

While donations are encouraged, the church is free to enter. It’s complete with a restaurant, bridge and gift shop—all within the building! Even if you’re not religious, this space is worth checking out for its design and view of the city from atop of one of its towers.

Wander Through Liverpool’s History

While there are plenty of museums to learn about the Beatles’ life and career, there are also some awesome museums on the history of Liverpool itself. Whether you’re looking to learn about art, history or the city’s seafaring heritage, there’s a museum for every interest.

One museum I enjoyed visiting is the Museum of Liverpool. It’s one of the first museums in the U.K. dedicated to the history of a city—which you certainly get to know well after spending a few hours wandering through its rooms.

It’s a fun interactive experience to learn facts about everything from the city’s port to its people. The museum tells a great story of the city I found fascinating. I learned more movies have Liverpool as a backdrop than I would have ever realized!

Take on the Shopping Scene

While Liverpool is a smaller and quieter city than most, there is still plenty of shopping to do. Liverpool One, located near the docks, is a decent sized mall where you can snag some awesome souvenirs — or gifts for yourself! You can also find several restaurants and bars in and around the shopping center to grab a drink or meal.

If you’re like me, you probably have never wondered what more Liverpool has to offer beyond soccer and the Beatles. If you get the chance someday, definitely give yourself the chance to explore British culture through the Liverpool lens!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 3, 2017 at 15:22

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Adventures in Iceland: Glaciers, Fermented Sharks, and Silica Mud Masks3 min read

Ice cave Iceland healthy travel

It’s likely you’ve heard about Iceland as a travel destination more and more in recent years. If you’re like me and on social media, you’ve probably seen breathtaking photos or many a drone video panning over its hot springs more times than you can count.

For those reasons, or if you’re looking for your next international adventure, Iceland can be the trip of a lifetime. The island offers many healthy amenities for the health-focused travelers. Getting to experience Iceland could be your chance to see why the country has been ranked one of the happiest in the world.

Here are some tips for healthy travel on the happy little island:

Get Active

One problem you won’t have while visiting Iceland is finding ways to get active. We rented a car for our visit, and still found plenty of paths, mountains and even glaciers to hike on. Iceland is a great destination for adventure travelers of any level.

Whether you’re just interested in seeing Iceland at a casual pace or a more active one, the island offers many ways to get moving while seeing the sights. There are different programs you can sign up for led by experienced guides. Some of these programs can let you let you walk on a glacier, through ice caves and tunnels, go deep sea fishing, see the Icelandic wildlife or go kayaking! There is no shortage of active adventures you can go on to see the island.

While there are guided programs you can go on, it’s also possible to do something safe exploring on your own too. My friend and I chose to rent a car and travel the Golden Circle, a major roadway on the island that takes you to many of the popular stops on the island. Most of the major tourist spots from waterfalls to glacier parks have marked paths that we followed to explore—and certainly got our heart rates up!

Soak in the Geothermal Pools

After a long day of sightseeing, you might crave a good bath or spa experience. Luckily, it’s easy to find a number of hot pools and springs to kick back in. Some of these pools are still heated by volcanic energy as they have been since Viking times. Others have been installed with geothermal pools and hot tubs.

One of my favorites and also among the most popular destinations is the Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by lava rubble, the light blue water is sourced from a geothermal power station nearby. The facility includes different grottoes, steam rooms, a sauna and a restaurant. The restaurant (LAVA) has a delicious dinner menu that can be satisfying after a day of swimming around the lagoon—be sure to check out their local fish of the day and the grilled beef tenderloin!

Once you’re swimming in the lagoon, you can float over to the silica station. The water is packed with the natural minerals made from dissolved rock from the Earth’s mantle. The white mud is good for renewing and cleansing the skin. Putting some silica on your face or body can add to your spa experience while floating around the Blue Lagoon.

Other popular hot pools and springs you can visit on the island include Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, Mývatn Nature Baths, Reykjadalur hot springs, and the Seljavallalaug hot pools, among others.

Lavish in Local Flavors

Along with the incredible views in Iceland, you have the chance to round out your visit with interesting local dishes. We took the chance to step outside of our diet comfort zone, and weren’t disappointed. You’re likely to encounter fresh fish on local menus as well as fermented shark, whale, and puffin!

Dining out in Iceland can get pricey so if you’re on a budget it might be helpful to eat in for some meals. You can still find plenty of healthy and unique options in local grocery stores. A good go-to for me were Skyr yogurts—a popular item in Iceland that has a unique flavor and is low-fat. They’re perfect for a quick breakfast or snack on the go!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 27, 2017 at 21:25

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Learning London: Exploring the City in Between Classes While Studying Abroad3 min read

When it’s time to choose a city or country to study abroad in, there are a number of factors to take into account—your field of study, maybe your ancestry … and an important factor is what you’ll be doing outside the classroom. Being a global center for fashion, finance, art and culture, London offers a lot for someone passing through, or especially for a student studying abroad.

If you have the incredible chance to study abroad in London while in college or another academic program, you’ll find your classes can teach you a lot. Seeing the city in between classes or on your days off can show you even more.

Here are some tips and tricks for making the most of your education (while having fun) in the U.K. capital:

Visit museums

It can sometimes feel overwhelming when you first arrive in a major city like London. It can be stressful to figure out what you should see first. Visiting one of the many museums London has to offer is a great way to get situated and find your way around the city.

Many of London’s museums are located in and around the city center and are either free or have student rates. Visiting museums can help you get a better feel for the layout of the city while learning more about the cultural hub you’ll be living in.

Some popular spots include:

  • British Museum
  • Tate Modern
  • Natural History Museum
  • V&A
  • Natural Gallery
  • Imperial War Museum

Hang out in local parks

Similar to New York City, London is packed with parks all throughout the city. Whether you have a break from classes, want to hang out with friends or even just get some fresh air, London has miles of green to wander around.

Hyde Park houses Kensington Palace (where part of the royal family lives), a lake, meadow and thousands of trees. Here you can find countless spots to lay out to read a book or have a picnic with friends. On a nice day, Hyde Park can also be ideal for taking a stroll or riding a bike.

If you’re looking to get some exercise during your free time, Regent’s Park is the place for you. You can wander around its many acres of park and gardens or play a game with friends at the largest outdoor sports arena in London—complete with facilities for football, softball and rugby.

Some good spots to people watch can be found in St. James’ Park. With many green acres that also house the Mall near Buckingham Palace, tourists and locals are constantly moving through the park. Plenty of animals such as water birds, pelicans, and woodpeckers can also be seen around the park too.

Visit local markets or restaurants 

If you have a lunch break or are looking for a snack between classes, London offers an array of new culinary experiences unique to Europe and the city itself. From local markets to restaurants, you have the chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of London you might not realize it has.

Some of the most popular markets include Camden Lock, Borough Market and Brick Lane to name a few. Each is packed with creative bites for snacks or meals. Many also feature clothes and gifts made by local artists. Exploring the markets of London can help clear your mind between classes or be a new adventure for the weekend.

Explore new neighborhoods

Getting around London is easy. If you’re looking to stretch your legs and have some time to kill after a class, exploring London’s different neighborhoods can help you get comfortable in your new home. Grab a friend and hop on the next tube or bus to where you want to go. Neighborhoods like Kensington, Notting Hill, Greenwich, and Primrose Hill among others each have their own personalities and hidden gems.

Studying abroad is about your academics but it’s also a chance to learn about a new culture first hand. Even if your days are packed with school work, find time for exploring! If your study experience is like mine, it’ll fly by in the blink of an eye!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 21, 2017 at 21:21

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Slight Turbulence6 sec read

Museum, A Cartoon by Terry LaBan

Museum, A Cartoon by Terry LaBan

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 20, 2017 at 23:17

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Seoul by Subway: A Safe and Convenient Way to See South Korea3 min read

Namdaemun Market Seoul

A few years ago, my wife and I visited Seoul, South Korea on a trip that was very important to us. We were there to finalize the adoption of our son, who at the time had just turned a year old. Amid the hustle and bustle of those sometimes hectic and emotional days, we had some time to explore the city of his birth—and we did it all on Seoul’s top-notch mass transit system.

Whether you’re visiting Seoul on a special journey like we were or simply exploring a new culture, I highly recommend that you take the subway around town. It’s safe and healthy, since it gets you out and about instead of stuck in a cab. You’ll also get to mingle with locals and get a better feel for what Seoul is all about.

It’s a Simple and Easy, Even If You Don’t Speak Korean

The best part about Seoul’s subway system is that it’s completely accessible to English speakers. I had just a smattering of Korean—pretty much enough to say hello, thank you, and ask for the restroom—but that didn’t matter at all. All of the machines and signage in the subway system are both in Korean and English, so you should have any problems.

The Details:

  • Like most mass transit systems, you’ll purchase your fare first at a kiosk, which is in English and Korean.
  • You can by a single trip ticket or a reusable card for multiple trips.
  • Fares are cheap, ranging from 450 won for kids (less than $ 0.50) to 1350 won for adults (a little over a dollar).
  • All of the subway lines are color-coded with numbered stops, so it’s virtually impossible to get lost. And if you miss your stop, simply get off at the next one, cross the street, and go down to the other side to catch the train in the opposite direction.

And if you really do get lost, you’ll find that most residents of South Korea speak English very well. Of course, your politeness goes a long way, so the best tactic is to say hello first in Korean (Annyeong haseyo) and then ask if they speak English after they respond.

Expert Tip:

If all else fails, make sure you have a business card from your hotel with you. The concierge can provide one. Hand it to any cab driver and they’ll whisk you back to the hotel. It’s your get-out-of-jail-free card.

So, What Can You See by Subway?

Historical sites, art exhibits, delicious food, markets where you haggle for trinkets (and sometimes treasures) … they’re all accessible on the subway. Here are three of my favorites, but don’t be afraid the branch out:

Namdaeun Market: This market is one of the oldest continuously running markets in Seoul. It can be overwhelming, but definitely worth a visit. A lot of it is outdoors, with shops and stalls lining the streets. Duck into one and find aisles and aisles of different products. There’s lots of good food here, so plan your trip so that you’re there during lunch time. Try the galchi jorim (braised hairtail fish) at one of the vendors in Galchi Alley. Yes, I know it sounds adventurous, but it’s delicious and you won’t be disappointed. Station stop: Hoehyeon Station, Line 4 

Changdeok Palace: The Changdeok Palace, also known as Changdeokgung, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the five grand palaces in Seoul. The architecture of the palace will be interesting to any Western visitor, but my favorite part of the visit was the gardens behind the palace. There are lily ponds and hundreds of different types of plants and trees that I’ve never seen before, some of them more than 300 years old.  Station stop: Anguk Station, Line 3

Jamsil Baseball Stadium: Yes, we even caught a baseball game. Go Doosan Bears! Baseball is a big deal in South Korea, both for the game itself and the crowd atmosphere at the stadium. Korean fans from opposing teams will have cheer battles led by cheerleaders, and every team has their own cheer culture. Seoul’s Doosan Bears’ cheers involve waving white flags emblazed with the team logo and pounding together noise-making balloons. The sound is deafening – a can’t-miss! Station stop: Sports Complex Station, Line 2

Grab your South Korean guidebook and mark off a few of your own favorites. Many of the current guides will have all of the cultural sites you want to see listed and coded by their stop on the subway line. Happy exploring!

 

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 16, 2017 at 18:18

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Recipe: Creamed Greens with Farro2 min read

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Creamed Greens with Farro

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all heavy starches and fatty dishes. This recipe is packed with good for you greens and fiber rich farro, tied together with just enough dairy to make it feel like a celebration. Greens like kale, chard, and spinach are rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants that lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and even help to slow your absorption of carbohydrates into your bloodstream after meals, preventing that energy crash and burn, or “food coma” feeling. They also boost your immune system and help fight off those pesky colds. Make this dish as a vegetarian side for your Thanksgiving feast, and as cozy hearty recipe all winter long.

Serves 6-8

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for topping
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (more or less to your preference)
  • 1 large bunch rainbow chard, stalks and greens roughly chopped
  • 1 large bunch lacinato or dinosaur kale, stalks and greens roughly chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups cooked farro
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat your broiler to medium, or about 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet or pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until starting to soften and turn golden, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the chard and kale, along with a pinch of salt and pepper, and sauté until mostly wilted, about 6 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the broth and cream cheese, and stir well to combine. Allow this mixture to cook for another 6-8 minutes, until the stalks of the greens have softened.
  5. Turn off the heat, and stir in the parmesan cheese, mozzarella, lemon juice, farro, and fresh spinach. Allow the spinach to wilt from the residual heat. Season to taste with more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Spread the mix in an oven safe baking dish.
  7. To make the topping, mix the panko with roughly 1-2 teaspoons olive oil, until you have a sandy texture. Mix in a pinch of salt and pepper.
  8. Spread the topping evenly over the greens, and broil in the oven for 1-3 minutes, until just golden brown. Watch it carefully- it burns easily!
  9. Serve hot or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 15, 2017 at 23:21

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