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Building Your Travel First Aid Kit: What You Need, and What to Leave Home3 min read

When packing for a trip, it can be easy to focus more on packing your clothes and shoes, which means toiletries and other essentials sometimes become an afterthought. You might be like me and end up throwing in that little bag without much thought beyond the items that you use on a regular basis, like your toothbrush or makeup.

Wherever you might be going on your next adventure, having a travel first aid kit can be invaluable. Even if you’re heading to a major city or hiking through a forest, it can help to have some supplies in your bag to grab at a moment’s notice.

Here are some tips on figuring out what you need and what you can leave at home.

Start with Some Basic Questions

While every traveler should take some sort of travel first aid kit, you might not need certain supplies on every trip.

Some basic questions you probably already ask your yourself when packing (and that can help when preparing a travel medical kit) are:

  • Where are you going?
  • What will you be doing on your trip?
  • How long are you going for?

Considering these questions while you pack can help you make sure you have all the right supplies and enough for however long your trip is. It’s also important to consider if you have any personal health needs—such as whether you might need medication or something like an inhaler.

Whether or not you have a medical condition, it’s always good to talk to your doctor before traveling, especially if you’re going somewhere more remote. Your doctor can also provide any paperwork you might need when traveling with certain medications, such as narcotics.

The Go-To Items

Wherever your next adventure will take you, it’s important to at least pack a basic travel first aid kit. Whether I’m hopping in the car for a road trip or hiking in the Swiss Alps, I always make sure to have some basics with me for any little surprises along the way.

Some items that are must-haves in your kit:

  • Any prescription medications you take
  • An assortment of Band-Aids (for small cuts or scrapes)
  • Pain medication or fever reducer (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin)
  • Mole Skin or blister bandages (for blisters)
  • Gauze
  • Roll of medical tape
  • Antibacterial wipes or solution (for cleaning cuts)
  • Antacids (for when your stomach might be out of whack from traveling or food)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Making sure you have these essentials can save you time from having to hit the pharmacy while you’re out and about and have supplies on hand for when you could really use it.

If you’re worried about all the supplies taking up space in your carry on or suitcase, there are ways you keep everything compact and in one place. Consider in investing in a travel medical kit that often comes with many of these basics included and can be rolled up or flattened to fit in your bag.

For Special Trips

When packing, consider whether you’re going somewhere remote or if you might face any special circumstances. Not every trip, and especially if you’re visiting major cities or other residential locations, requires having to include extra items for situations you’re probably not going to face.

If you’re going somewhere with a warmer climate or somewhere you know bugs might be lurking, make sure to pack bug repellent. Take enough that you can reapply when needed for the duration of your trip. Talk to your doctor before leaving for countries where Zika, malaria or other dangerous diseases might be a risk. Ask them about any medications or information you should have when traveling in these places.

If you’re off to somewhere more remote or where the water might be sketchy to drink, consider packing purification tablets or a water bottle with a built-in purifier. This can ensure that you have a way to get clean water when you need it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 8, 2018 at 20:33

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Recipe: Danish Salmon Tartare1 min read

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Danish_Salmon_TartareThis classic Danish dish is a healthy way to kick off the new year. It feels decadent and celebratory, but is actually packed with good for you omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamin C. Be sure to choose wild salmon when shopping for this recipe. Farm raised salmon doesn’t contain the same ratio of beneficial omegas as its wild counterpart. You can also serve this with thinly sliced cucumbers in place of chips. For a dairy free version, simply omit the sour cream- it will still taste delicious!

Serves 4

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces wild salmon, skin and pin bones removed
  • ¼ cup finely diced cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 shallot, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chips, to serve

Directions:

  1. Finely dice the salmon, and add it to a medium size bowl. Add the cucumber, dill, shallot, capers, lemon zest and juice, and mix well.
  2. Gently stir in the sour cream or yogurt, and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Add more lemon juice if needed to taste.
  3. Garnish with sprigs of dill if desired, and serve immediately, with chips on the side. Enjoy!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 5, 2018 at 21:32

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Recipe: Russian Mushroom Soup1 min read

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Traditionally made with dried mushrooms, this fresher take on the classic Russian Christmastime soup comes together quickly and deliciously. This soup will satisfy both vegetarians and carnivores around your table. Rather than thickening with flour, this recipe utilizes a bit of sour cream to add a decadent finish to the soup without weighing you down. Serve this at your holiday meal for a flavorful and satisfying starter.

Serves 4 as a starter

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 medium size potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 3-4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups mixed mushroom varieties
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sour cream, to taste
  • Fresh dill and parsley, chopped, to serve

Directions:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the leeks, garlic, and potatoes, and saute for 3-4 minutes until the leeks begin to soften. Add the broth and bay leaf, and bring up to a simmer.
  2. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the potatoes become tender. While the soup cooks, sauté the mushrooms in the remaining tablespoon olive oil over high heat, with a pinch of salt, until golden brown and just tender.
  3. When the potatoes are cooked, turn off the heat, and add the mushrooms to the pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and stir in 1-2 tablespoons of sour cream if desired for a creamier effect. Add the fresh herbs to taste, and enjoy!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 27, 2017 at 17:45

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Conduct disorder: What you need to know

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 22, 2017 at 14:22

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Your Healthy Holiday Travel Survival Guide3 min read

Santa at the airport

Have you seen the classic 80s movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles? Unlikely travel companions Steve Martin and John Candy get stuck making their way home for the holidays and navigate a bunch of stressful and hilarious situations. Fun to watch on screen; not so fun to experience in real life.

The mega-holiday that spans Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is upon us. If you’re like millions of others across this great nation, you’ll be going somewhere to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Whether you’re traveling one mile or several thousand to get there, you’re sure to encounter a mishap or two worthy of your own moment on the big screen.

Here are my tips for surviving hectic travel experiences in one piece so you’re ready to enjoy the holiday cheer once you get there.

Tip 1: Carry-On Only

Restricting yourself to a carry-on bag only is a good rule any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Keep your sanity intact by packing light. You’ll avoid the long wait at the baggage claim and also know exactly where all your stuff is at all times.

Bonus Tip: The carry-on only strategy can be tougher for families with kids, but I’ve made my son roll his own smaller sized carry-on suitcase since he was five years old. Kids love a job, so give them ownership over their bag.

Tip 2: Ship It, Don’t Schlep It

Nothing will kill your ability to follow Tip 1 faster than trying to bring gifts with you on the plane. If you buy them early enough, ship your gifts to your destination. Even Santa would ship if UPS and FedEx could make it to the North Pole. You can choose a different shipping destination through your favorite mega online retailer, which makes shipping super simple.

Bonus Tip: I pack a duffle bag in my carry-on for all of the gifts my generous family and friends are sure to give me. While this may mean I have to check a bag on the way back, it’s always nice to have the space and the option.

Tip 3: Keep It Charged

Your phone is your lifeline while you’re traveling. It helps you keep track of your tickets, travel confirmations, and receipts. It will also get you out of a jam when the inevitable monkey-wrench gets thrown into your plans. Charge it before you go, and keep your charger in your carry-on or personal bag so it’s nearby when you need to recharge.

Bonus Tip: Everything is getting smarter, including suitcases that can now charge your phone and do a whole lot more. Check out the 5 Gadgets All Travelers Should Have for 2018.

Tip 4: Safety First On the Road 

If you’re traveling by car instead, safety should be your top priority. While your phone can be your lifeline while flying, it can be deadly on the road—so don’t text while driving. It’s also a good idea to get your car in tip-top shape. Prioritize tires (treads and inflation), fluids (antifreeze and oil), your battery (replace if older than three years), and an emergency kit that includes food, blankets, water, and a snow shovel if you’re traveling where it’s cold.

Bonus Tip: I like to leave early to get a jump on commuters. I start my trip in the pre-dawn hours (we’re talking 3 a.m.!) to avoid sitting in rush-hour traffic.

Tip 5: Keep a Level Head

Yes, things will go wrong when your travel. I’ve always found it helps to repeat a few key calming phrases when the going gets tough. You can also practice meditation if you have a few spare moments while waiting to board the plane or at a rest stop.

Bonus Tip: The mind-body connection is strong, and you can trick your brain into relaxing by calming your body through breathing exercises. Breathe in for a count of five, purse your lips, and slowly exhale for a count of seven to 10. This will slow your heart rate and make you feel better.

Safe travels and happy holidays!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder -  at 02:22

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5 Gadgets All Travelers Should Have for 20184 min read

Smart Suitcase

2018 is around the corner and that means it’s time to start planning your next adventures. Wherever you might be going next year, it can help to have some handy gadgets with you as you go.

One of the best things you can do for an upcoming trip is to figure out what you might need while traveling to your destination and once you’re there. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve learned my lesson leaving the house without a charger or backup battery while on a trip (some day that lesson will stick with me)

Whatever your next trip may be, here are five gadgets every person should have in their travel bag:

Power Adapter

Whatever your destination is, you’re likely going to be bringing a few electronics along. These might be your phone, camera, digital reader or laptop, among others. If you plan on using your gadgets while you travel, you’re going to need to charge them as you go.

There are many adapters out there that offer the ability to change out the plug for a foreign outlet. Investing in an “all-in-one” option like a Samsonite Worldwide Travel Adapter or a Conair All-in-one Adapter with USB can help make sure you have all the plugs you need without having them take up extra room in your luggage.

Backup Battery

If you’re planning to be away from your hotel or hostel for much of the day, it can be super helpful to have a portable battery on hand. You might end up using your phone more than you expect—whether it’s navigating around with a maps app or trying to get that perfect skyline shot for Instagram.

If you’re looking to have a battery just for your phone, try a smaller option like this pocket-sized BlitzWolf power bank. If you need something that can support your different electronics like gaming consoles or laptops, a RAVPower portable power bank might be a better option.

A new trend in travel luggage is smart suitcases. They often look and work just like a regular suitcase but with the added bonus of a battery built into the bag! Popular luggage start-up Away offers different sized bags with a removable battery and built-in lock systems and USB ports.

Filtered Water Bottle

Clean and safe water isn’t always guaranteed wherever you go. If you’re planning to venture outdoors or go somewhere more remote, having a filtered water bottle can help when deciding if the water is safe for a drink.

As a kind of two-in-one feature, LifeStraw Go Water Bottles come with a removable filter straw. The refillable water bottle is perfect for on-the-go use and can filter out bacteria or parasites that might be hiding in your water. It’s simple to use and clean too.

Smart Wallet

It’s important to make sure your cards and important documents are safe whenever you’re in an unfamiliar place. Keeping all those items safe in the age of modern technology can require more than just keeping them out of sight.

Smart wallets can be a great added layer of protection as you travel. Brands like Zoppen offer customizable travel wallets that can hold your cards and tickets while protecting your personal information on them with RFID technology. Other wallets, like these by Volterman, also have GPS tracking technology built into them. You can be notified via a phone app if you leave it behind somewhere by accident.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

No matter where you’re going or how long it takes you to get there, traveling can be exhausting. If you’re flying or settling in for a long train or bus ride, noise-canceling headphones should definitely be an item in your bag.

This type of headphone can be perfect to have on hand if there are noisy babies around you or if you’re trying to focus on a movie or book. Bose’s QuietComfort headphone series comes with noise-canceling technology and cellular capabilities so you can take phone or video calls while wearing them.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 19, 2017 at 15:33

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Slight Turbulence6 sec read

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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