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El Legado de Franco

Posted on 5 August 2018 by Katie Elgie

One period of Spain’s history which has always fascinated me is the Franco and post-Franco era. I’ve always been intrigued by the way that Spain transitioned from a false democracy, into civil war, into a long lasting dictatorship and beyond. Francisco Franco era el líder de España durante 36 años (hasta su muerte), en un
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LingoMap: France 1940-1950

Posted on 26 July 2018 by Osian McGuinness

Salut et bienvenue à mon dernier blog pour LingoMap ! J’espère que vous avez bien-aimé mes blogs et que vous avez (peut-être) appris quelques choses. Mon année à l’étranger a fini, et maintenant je suis chez moi préparant pour ma dernière année à l’université de Cardiff. J’espère que vous avez passé des bons examens et je vous
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LingoMap: Diversity and Difference

Posted on 26 July 2018 by Osian McGuinness

Salut ! Bienvenue à mon quatrième blog pour Routes into Languages. Je m’excuse pour le retard en publiant ce blog, mais j’étais débordé pendant le mois de mai avec mes examens et l’écriture de deux dissertations ! Cependant, ce blog va traiter le thème de la diversité et de la différence en France.  La France, grâce
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Lingomap: Social Issues

Posted on 14 July 2018 by Katy Stone

Coucou tout le monde ! (Hello everyone!) My final blog is based on social issues in France. As this topic is quite broad, I have tried to narrow down a few problems that stood out to me during my year in Chambéry. Menace terroriste  Ces dernières années, l’un des problèmes sociaux les plus importants en
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Spain and the Environment

Posted on 13 July 2018 by Hannah Qunibi

¡Bienvenidos todos! Ya estoy en el Reino Unido y desafortunadamente el año al extranjero se acabó. Mi experiencia fue extraordinaria y voy a reflexionar sobre mi tiempo en el extranjero con el tema del medio ambiente en mente. When it comes to the environment, I have to say that when I first arrived in Spain,
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Identidad Cultural

Posted on 12 June 2018 by Katie Elgie

One of the things which has been apparent to me here throughout my time in Andalucía is the strong cultural identity which Andalucians possess. They are proud to be Spanish, yet they also define themselves strongly through their regional inhabitance. Andalucía es muy diferente de las regiones como Cataluña; quien quieren ser independientes y quien
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Spain’s festivals and celebrations.

Posted on 11 June 2018 by Hannah Qunibi

¡Bienvenidos todos! I’m now coming to the end of my incredible year abroad experience here in Spain and I’m really going to miss it. It’s just such a different lifestyle here compared to what I’m used to at home in the UK but in the best way. Something I will miss is getting involved with
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LingoMap: Social Issues

Posted on 11 June 2018 by Bayan Ali

Ciao e benvenuto nel mio post finale! Per il mio blog finale mi concentrerò sui temi sociali che ho notato a Firenze. Le principali questioni sociali di cui parlerò sono: problemi di immigrazione e integrazione, disoccupazione e senzatetto che possono collegarsi tutti insieme. Immigration and integration problems Italy has welcomed more and more immigrants however
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Life’s a holiday

Posted on 11 June 2018 by Rosalind Farr

                                                                                                                                                Bonjour… pour la dernière fois, parce que à la fin de juin, je reviendrai en Angleterre. Le thème de ce blog est “National Holidays and Local Areas of Interest”. Il y a eu beaucoup de jours fériés en France pendant le mois de mai et, comme en Angleterre, cela signifie que les écoles, les magasins,
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Lingomap: National Holidays and local area of interest

Posted on 10 June 2018 by Katy Stone

Salut et bienvenue ! Today’s blog will cover the topic of National Holidays and local area of interest. Un jour férié national est un jour nationalement reconnu où la plupart des entreprises et d’autres institutions sont fermées. La France compte 11 jours fériés français chaque année. Cependant, deux régions; L’Alsace et la Lorraine ont deux autres jours
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National holidays and local area of interest.

Posted on 23 May 2018 by Emily James

Coming abroad to work as an English teacher has been quite restricting on my schedule. Of course, I’m loving every second of it but actually having a job does mean that I can’t just skip a day or take a day off like my friends studying at university can, so I’ve really learnt how to
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LingoMap: Environment

Posted on 10 May 2018 by Bayan Ali

Hello, everyone and welcome to my fourth blog. This blog will focus on the theme of the environment in Italy. Tourism and its impact on the environment One of the first things I have to mention when it comes to the environment in Florence is how beautiful the city is. There are many statues and
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LingoMap: Understanding the French speaking world

Posted on 10 May 2018 by Osian McGuinness

Bonjour à tous ! Bienvenue à mon troisième blog pour le blog Routes into Language LingoMap. Le sujet de ce troisième blog est de « comprendre le monde francophone ». Vous pouvez trouver mes deux premiers blogs en cliquant ici et ici. Alors, pour mieux comprendre le monde francophone je vais vous parler un peu du patrimoine de la
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An environmental PARadISe?

Posted on 9 May 2018 by Rosalind Farr

                                                                                                                                                Salut! Ça va? Les deux mois que j’ai déjà passé à Paris ont été fantastiques. C’est une ville magnifique et il y a beaucoup à faire ici. Je suis toujours très occupée soit en travaillant à l’école ou en explorant la ville, mais je ne changerais pas cela! Le sujet de ce blog est
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An A-Z of the Best Food and Drink Spain Has to Offer

Posted on 8 May 2018 by Hannah Qunibi

¡Bienvenidos todos! I’m now over three months into my semester abroad here in Ciudad Real and I’ve very much been enjoying everything Spain has to offer, especially the food! I love exploring all aspects of the Spanish culture, but as a foodie discovering all of the tasty delights Spain has to offer is definitely one
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La Música de España

Posted on 18 April 2018 by Katie Elgie

The Spanish, as a rule, love to dance. Españoles se encantan bailar As a result of this among many other things, music is of great importance in Spain. It is a country rich in musical history and culture and favours a wide variety of different music styles which vary from region to region. The region
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Lingomap: Food & Drink

Posted on 18 April 2018 by Katy Stone

Bonjour à tous et à toutes ! Today’s blog will cover the topic of Food & Drink. There are so many delicious specialities offered by French cuisine, it’s hard to choose between them! However, I will focus on some delicacies of the Rhône-Alpes (the region where I am currently studying). Food – La Nourriture La
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LingoMap: Travel and Transport

Posted on 10 April 2018 by Eloisa Payne

  Hallo und wilkommen zu meinem dritten blog für LingoMap! Jetzt bin ich für einen Monat für mein zweites Auslandssemester in Köln in Deutschland. Nach anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten, einschließlich der Tatsache, dass ich keine Wohnung finden konnte, habe ich mich endlich hier eingelebt! Ich vermisse wirklich das Leben in Lyon und habe dort so eine gute Erfahrung gemacht, aber
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In Paris…with me

Posted on 6 April 2018 by Rosalind Farr

                                                                                                                                              Bonjour encore! Cette fois je suis à Paris. Pour quatre mois, mars-juillet, je vais travailler (en tant qu’assistante anglaise) dans une école secondaire à Malakoff, une banlieue (suburb) de Paris. Les enfants ont un âge similaire à ceux que j’ai enseigné en Allemagne. Dans cette école, j’ai beaucoup plus de responsabilités: j’ai environ 12 classes
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Festivals and Celebrations

Posted on 5 April 2018 by Emily James

When most people think of Spain, one of the first things that they think is that the spanish are either sleeping (una siesta), or partying (una fiesta), and to be honest, it’s not too far from the truth! There are so many different festivals and celebrations that take place in Spain throughout the year, some
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Staying Fit and Healthy in Spain

Posted on 2 April 2018 by Hannah Qunibi

¡Bienvenidos todos! Este semestre estoy en España en Ciudad Real, una ciudad que está cerca de Madrid. En este blog voy a hablar sobre el tema de la salud y el bienestar. Hay muchas cosas que son distintas aquí en España en comparación con las del Reino Unido, por ejemplo, el modo de vida es
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La Herencia y Cultura de Andalucía

Posted on 12 March 2018 by Katie Elgie

Andalucía is an amazing place to live. It is rich in culture and heritage and has a fascinating history. Granada, one of the most prominent cities in the region, played host to the last battle of ´La Reconquista´ before the invading Muslim army was expelled by the Christian kings. As a result, much of the
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Selecting a programme abroad

Posted on 8 March 2018 by Kimberly Field

Hi everyone! I thought this would be a very important topic to discuss since it’s that time of the year when we start to think of our year abroad options or about a summer internship. You have all these amazing opportunities staring right at you, all different countries, activities and program, but which one do
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LingoMap: Entertainment and Leisure

Posted on 3 March 2018 by Eloisa Payne

Bonjour tout le monde, j’espère que vous allez bien ! Bienvenue à mon deuxième blog pour LingoMap ! Ayant été donné le sujet plutôt général du divertissement et les loisirs, je vais parler de mes voyages à la fois en France et ailleurs cette année. Annecy Annecy, a small town in the Alps is one of the first places I visited during my
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LingoMap: Festivals and Celebrations

Posted on 1 March 2018 by Bayan Ali

  Bonjour ! Bienvenue sur mon deuxième article pour Lingomap Routes into Languages. Le sujet de cet article est les festivals et célébrations en France. Quand j’ai déménagé à Nantes, j’ai vraiment été surprise de voir à quel point la ville est festive parce qu’il semble toujours y avoir un événement en cours. La durée de
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Lingomap: Health and fitness

Posted on 25 February 2018 by Katy Stone

Salut et bienvenue à mon blog sur la santé et la forme physique ! I am currently in my second semester at Université Savoie Mont Blanc in Chambéry. Thanks to its location in the mountainous Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France, the town boasts an impressively wide range of sports and activities, promoting health and fitness. When
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Lingomap: Food and drink

Posted on 24 February 2018 by Emily James

Hello, me again! Este semestre yo estoy enseñando ingles en Salamanca, que es una ciudad en el noroeste de España. Salamanca es la capital de la comunidad autónoma de Castilla y León, y la ciudad tiene una población de 145.000 personas además de unos de los sitios más bonitos que yo he visto en toda
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LingoMap: La comida y bebida típica de España

Posted on 22 February 2018 by Lewis Hacker

¡Hola a todos! ¿Qué tal? Desde la última vez que yo escribí he empezado a trabajar en Salamanca, la ciudad más conocida de la comunidad autónoma de Castilla y León. The following blog talks about Spanish food and drink. There are 19 ‘autonomous communities’ in Spain and each one has its own culture and customs.
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(Ger)many memories…

Posted on 23 January 2018 by Rosalind Farr

                                                                                                                                                                 Hallo von Dortmund! Ich bin Roz und ich studiere Französisch und Deutsch in Cardiff. Dieses Jahr ist sehr aufregend, weil ich neun Monate im Ausland verbringen muss. Ich würde mich freuen, wenn ihr meinem Abenteuer folgt. Ihr werdet vielleicht auch dazu inspiriert, mit Sprachen weiterzumachen. My first blog is all about “mich” and
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Lingomap: Health and Fitness

Posted on 22 January 2018 by Eloisa Payne

Bonjour tout le monde ! Bienvenue à mon premier blog pour Routes into Languages Lingomap. Je m’appelle Eloisa et maintenant je suis en troisième année de français et allemand à l’Université Cardiff. Pour mon année à l’étranger, j’ai étudié à l’Université Catholique de Lyon pour le premier semestre, et je vais à Universität zu Köln
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Adventures In Chambéry.

Posted on 21 January 2018 by Hannah Qunibi

Bonjour tout le monde! Bienvenue à mon blog! Je viens de passer le premier semestre de mon année à l’étranger à Chambéry qui est une toute petite ville au sud de la France. J’ai étudié à l’université Savoie Mont Blanc et je suis passée beaucoup de bons moments là-bas, je n’ai pas voulu partir ! Il
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Lingomap: Health and fitness

Posted on 20 January 2018 by Emily James

I spent the first semester of my year abroad in a town called Chambery, in the Rhône-alpes region of France (South East). The town itself was quite quiet, but because it was located in such a mountainous region, there was a huge range of sports available to do.   I was super nervous that when
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LingoMap: Technology and Social Media

Posted on 20 January 2018 by Katy Stone

Bonjour tout le monde ! (Hello everybody!) Ça va ? (How are you?) This is my first submission for the Routes into Languages LingoMap blog. As you can see from my profile, I am a third year History and French student at Cardiff University, currently on my year abroad studying at Université Savoie Mont Blanc
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Ser un jóven en el España de hoy.

Posted on 18 January 2018 by Katie Elgie

Hola, buenas. Bienvenidos a mi primera ´Routes into Languages blog´. I have been provided with the broad subject of ´Being a young person in Spanish speaking society´. This year abroad so far has been incredibly fulfilling and has opened my eyes to the lifestyle and culture of another country; which I believe is an incredible
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LingoMap: Food and Drink

Posted on 18 January 2018 by Bayan Ali

Bonjour tout le monde! (Hello everyone!) Bienvenue à mon premier blog pour Routes into Languages LingoMap. (Welcome to my first blog for Routes into Languages LingoMap.) This blog will focus on the topic of food and drink in Nantes. I arrived in Nantes on 28 August 2017 and I stayed until 16 December because I
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LingoMap: Self and Relationships

Posted on 2 January 2018 by Lewis Hacker

Olá a todos! (Hi everyone!) Tudo bem? (How’re you?) This is my first submission for the Routes into Languages LingoMap blog. As you can see from my profile I’m a third year student of Portuguese and Spanish at Cardiff University, and for the first semester of my year abroad I am studying at the Faculdade
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Pre-departure: what you need to know

Posted on 28 November 2017 by Kimberly Field

Bonjour everyone! Today’s blog topic is about all the things you need to know before going away abroad. It’s all good and well me telling you about all the things I’ve been doing so far, but for people planning on working or studying abroad, one of the most important things to know is how to
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Bois de Boulogne: Ladies of the Day!

Posted on 13 October 2017 by Natasha Holmes

Call me naïve, a country bumpkin. Call me what you will. But until today, prostitution was an almost abstract idea. A practice confined to BBC Three documentaries, the windows of Amsterdam and 19th century French literature. One is never really exposed to much of the sex industry in the sleepy border villages of home. When
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The End

Posted on 28 July 2017 by Chloe Walker

Sitting here surrounded by my suitcases is a surreal feeling. After about ten months of living and studying abroad, the time has come to go home and to get back to reality. I have been very slack with writing posts during my time in Germany. However, this is indicative of the amazing time I have
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LingoMap:Career plans, skills and employment

Posted on 3 July 2017 by Sarah Gregory

My final LingoMap blog! As an undergraduate, it can be scary to think about leaving the student days behind. Student life is great, it has given me a huge amount of freedom, independence and courage, without which I would not have been able to fly the nest and live abroad! The saying goes however, that
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LingoMap: School and College life

Posted on 3 July 2017 by Sarah Gregory

Finally I am back with another LingoMap blog! I hope you have enjoyed reading about my year abroad journey so far! For this blog I am focusing on school and college life in Spain. The first thing I will say about school life in Spain is that it is extremely different to school life in
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LingoMap: My career prospects

Posted on 30 June 2017 by Emily Seaborne

Quelle horreur! I can’t believe that my Year Abroad is over! It has flown by so fast and I have learnt so much in the 7 months I have spent living in the South of France. Not only have I vastly improved my language skills but also my knowledge and awareness of French culture. Although
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Lingo Map: Careers and Employability

Posted on 27 June 2017 by Molly Timmons

It’s official. My year abroad is (pretty much) officially over. I’ve had the most amazing year of my life and now it’s time to get back to the normality (and scary prospect of final year) in Britain. I was in the UK for just under two weeks after getting back from Portugal, and now I’m
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Lingomap: Erasmus over…What next?

Posted on 25 June 2017 by Melissa Tavares

Hola a todos! Wow, so we’ve come to my last blog! My year abroad is over and I could not be sadder, I have had such great time both in Toulouse and Granada, I have gained amazing friends (whom I cannot wait to visit already), I’ve seen amazing places and have had an incredible experience
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So, what’s next?

Posted on 22 June 2017 by Liam Barrett

And we’re done! As of 2nd June 2017, I have finished my year abroad. Having first left for Belgium on 25th August 2017, I have spent a little over nine months and two weeks living abroad. Undoubtedly, the Year abroad is a worthwhile experience, regardless of where you do it, you will see places you
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Reflections at the end of my Erasmus

Posted on 18 June 2017 by Simona Dundova

So many things happened in the last couple of months that I haven’t had the time to write about each and every experience. That is why I am using this opportunity to summarise some of them and share my feelings less than two weeks before I leave Valencia. Spending the whole academic year as an
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What next?..

Posted on 7 June 2017 by Harriet Codd

Well, well, well. We have reached our final post in the LingoMap program. I hope you have all enjoyed these blogs and can at least take something away from each of them! Now that us university students have come to the end of our blessed Year Abroad (how time flies!), it’s now back to reality and
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LingoMap: Social Issues

Posted on 30 May 2017 by Emily Seaborne

Hey everyone, The topic of this months blog is Social Issues so I thought I would write on immigration and integration in France. Immigration is a big issue in France and particularly in Grasse, the town where I have been working this year. My job as a language assistant has been especially insightful as one
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Cuestiones sociales – El paro en España

Posted on 17 May 2017 by Liam Barrett

In this month’s blog, I am going to talk about some of the social issues which have to be faced in the country in which I am currently living, so that would be Spain. Firstly, a (una cuestión social) social issue is a (un problema) problem that influences a considerable number of the individuals within a society. Now
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Lingomap: El sistema educativo español

Posted on 15 May 2017 by Melissa Tavares

Hola a todos!! Hope you’re all doing well! I’m loving life in very sunny Granada! This month’s topic is school and college studies. Funnily enough 5 years ago today, I left school, it feels way longer than that, to be honest, and although they say your school days are the best days of your life…It’s
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LingoMap: What is German University like?

Posted on 11 May 2017 by Chloe Walker

Attending university in your home country is scary enough at times, but going to university in another country, where the language is different, is a whole new ball game. I would like to begin by saying, however, that the language isn’t usually the biggest difference that you may find while attending university in Germany. I would
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¡La vida escolar en España!

Posted on 8 May 2017 by Harriet Codd

Hello again to you all, I hope the year is treating you well! When thinking about school/college life for this blog, I found it relatively difficult to put everything into one concise answer for you. To be totally honest, university life where I am based is far from what I expected it to be – both
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House Hunting, Holidays and Heidelberg

Posted on 22 April 2017 by Chloe Walker

It has now been around 7 weeks since I arrived in Heidelberg and this is my first post. A lot has happened. This could be a long one. March was spent in a daze of househunting alleviated by a month-long German course. The course was fabulous. It was a great way to refresh my German knowledge
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LingoMap Blog: Social Issues

Posted on 19 April 2017 by Sarah Gregory

This month the topic of my blog is ‘Social issues’.   Social Issues   Definition: A problem that influences a considerable number of people within a society One of the main social issues I have heard about since living here is the idea of ‘Generación Nini’. This name is given to the current generation of
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Cheap Dreams

Posted on 10 April 2017 by Llewelyn

Wow, it’s been a really long time since I wrote an entry here, so I guess I should start by quickly reviewing the last month or so…basically I’ve been pretty busy at work, especially as the high season is starting to roll around, meaning that we’ve had more and more bookings to deal with.  That,
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LingoMap: Is Germany environmentally friendly?

Posted on 3 April 2017 by Chloe Walker

I have been in Germany for just over a month now, specifically in the city of Heidelberg. Heidelberg is in the South West of Germany in the state called Baden-Württemburg. It is close to Frankfurt and Stuttgart, which are two major cities in Germany. I have been here to complete a pre-semester language course in
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Lingo Map: School/College Life

Posted on 31 March 2017 by Kate Pritchard

Bonjour à tous ! This month I have been given the title of School/College Life. Despite France not being hugely different to the UK, there are a few significant differences in the way in which their schools function. Pas d’uniformes! First of all, (and this is always the first thing to come to mind), children in
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LingoMap: Environment

Posted on 27 March 2017 by Simona Dundova

In stead of talking only about environmental issues and how people in Spain treat them, in this blog post I have decided to demonstrate the relationship between this topic and the one about festivals and celebrations discussed previously. As I mentioned before, one of the biggest and most spectacular festivals in Spain is called Las
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Fallas Time

Posted on 20 March 2017 by Simona Dundova

I still find it hard to believe that I have witnessed one of the biggest and most impressive festivals in Spain. Las Fallas de Valencia take place in the period 15th-19th March each year and this is a celebration you don’t want to miss. The preparations start very early on and during the official days
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paris on a budget

Posted on 11 March 2017 by Izzie

Salut tous les monde!! Its been a long while since I’ve done one of these so I’m actually looking forward to writing again! After an extensive 2 month break from my university here in Paris, I’m FINALLY, back in my natural home .. (I should have been here all along). I had the pleasure of
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Lingomap: El medioambiente en Granada

Posted on 9 March 2017 by Melissa Tavares

Hola everyone! Hope you’re all doing well, how is it march already? Is it me or does time fly when you’re abroad? This month I thought I’d tell you all about how Granada treats its environment. But, firstly as it’s my first blog on Granada, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about my
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El medio ambiente…

Posted on 8 March 2017 by Harriet Codd

Hello everyone again! Happy March! I’m very happy to say Easter is coming (relatively) soon and that I’ve booked my flights home for that week. Although, really we both know it’s to go home and collect a dozen chocolate eggs and then come back to Spain… Sorry to bring up Easter so soon but we’re
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Hostel California(ish)

Posted on 25 February 2017 by Llewelyn

So now that I’m coming to the end of my first month of work here in Marseille, I thought I’d take a minute to share some of my experiences and basically describe what an average working day looks like for me at the hostel.  In a normal week, I tend to spend around 30 hours
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¡Festivales Españoles!

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Harriet Codd

Buenosss a todos… I hope you have all enjoyed your New Year and have had a great start to 2017. Now the year has got well underway and we’re back in motion with blog writing, brace yourselves for some info on the Spanish festival that I’ve chosen to share with you, and that’s the ‘Semana
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LingoMap: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Chloe Walker

On first thought, the idea of flying alone in a plane to a foreign land is intimidating and scary. However, in reality, it can be incredibly exciting and liberating. Luckily, before my journey to Valencia to begin my year abroad, I had already flown solo. Although I’m not the best flyer, I do find that some good
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LingoMap: In The Land of Festivals

Posted on 13 February 2017 by Simona Dundova

Spain is in no doubt the country of festivals, parties and celebrations and the people here definitely know how to have fun! That is why I find it hard to summarise my knowledge on this topic and the great experiences I have had in one single blog post. However, I will do my best to
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Lingo Map: Bon Voyage!

Posted on 4 February 2017 by Emily Seaborne

Hey everyone! For my second blog I’ve been assigned the topic of Entertainment and Leisure and there isn’t a better opportunity to tell you all about my travels around France! I have been so lucky to be placed as a language assistant in the Provence-Alpes- Cote d’Azur region for my Year Abroad. There are so many
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Lingo Map: Food and Drink

Posted on 31 January 2017 by Kate Pritchard

Hey everyone (again)! Hope you’re all doing well. This time I am writing to you about Food and Drink which is a perfect topic when talking about France. Apologies in advance as there are going to be lots of photos of me posing with food, because if you can’t do it in France, where can you do
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Starting Life in Marseille

Posted on 31 January 2017 by Llewelyn

So I haven’t really had anything to write about on this blog for about a month now, as I was home over Christmas and assumed that my Christmas Day eating and sleeping habits (50:50 ratio if you’re interested) weren’t what this blog was meant to be used for.  However, I’m now back on the mainland
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Lingo Map: Technology and Social Media

Posted on 31 January 2017 by Kate Pritchard

Bonjour à tous ! This is my first blog for the Routes into Languages LingoMap, so let me first introduce myself. As you can see from my profile I am currently teaching in two collèges (secondary schools) in Grasse, South of France, which means I am surrounded by 11-16 year olds every day! The topic given for
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LingoMap: Mon temps libre dans la ville rose

Posted on 28 January 2017 by Melissa Tavares

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you’ve all had a lovely break and that the new term is going well.  As for me, I’ve just moved to Granada (literally three days ago) so I’m adapting to another beautiful culture and my brain keeps mixing both languages, I keep saying “Pardon” instead of “Perdona”! Today, I thought
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Belgium: Home of the Waffle

Posted on 26 January 2017 by Liam Barrett

So, it’s time to write my second blog post! The topic chosen for this edition is “Identity and Culture: Food and Drink”. As I’m sitting on the train this morning, from Antwerp back to Brussels, I started to think about what I could write. Luckily, Belgium is the home to some great food, a lot
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LingoMap: Health and Fitness in Valencia

Posted on 17 January 2017 by Chloe Walker

The topic of health and fitness is not something I can say plays a major role in my life. However whilst studying abroad you begin to notice lots of differences between your new country and your home country. Of course, I have an interest in leading a healthy lifestyle. This is also the case for
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LingoMap: Entertainment and Leisure!

Posted on 5 January 2017 by Sarah Gregory

Hola a todos! Hello and welcome to my first blog post for the Routes into Languages LingoMap Blog. My name is Sarah, I’m 21 years old and I study Spanish at Cardiff University. I am currently on my Year Abroad in Valencia! Before I head back from my Christmas break at home on Sunday (very
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LingoMap: Self and Relationships

Posted on 3 January 2017 by Liam Barrett

Bonjour tout le monde! (Or, hello everyone!) This is my first submission for the Routes into Languages LingoMap Blog. Before I catch my very early train back to Brussels tomorrow, to start the dreaded “Blocus” (the Belgian-French word for the exam period) on 2nd January, I thought I’d get started on the blog. The first
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Valencia – The Perfect Place to Get Fit

Posted on 26 December 2016 by Simona Dundova

Sports activities are an important part of Spanish lifestyle. The climate makes it possible to practice anything from ice-skating, football to beach volley and surfing. We all know that food and celebrations are the essence of Mediterranean culture. However, when you come to Spain (or any other country in Southern Europe for that matter), you
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The Trips Continue

Posted on 26 December 2016 by Simona Dundova

Alicante was my weekend get-away for last week. My flatmate, two other Italian friends and I caught the 9 am bus on Saturday morning and arrived at our destination in just over two hours. As it was raining, we entered one of the first bakeries we saw and we talked over a cup of coffee
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Ma Ville Rose!

Posted on 23 December 2016 by Melissa Tavares

  Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great term!  Today’s topic is “Self and other’s” which is perfect as I just got home from my first semester abroad and it’s great to reflect on my experience so far. For the past 4 months, I’ve been living it up in the south of France
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End of the Road

Posted on 22 December 2016 by Llewelyn

“Although we’ve come to the end of the road, still I can’t let go” So sang Boyz II Men (bit of a dated reference I know), and the same’s true of my time here in Barcelona. It’s a shame really that I couldn’t spend the whole year here, as only being here for four months
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La Ville Rose!

Posted on 20 December 2016 by Harriet Codd

Hiiii guys, this is my first blog for Globetrotters and the LingoMap program, so I thought I’d just check in to say a quick ‘salut’ to everybody and hope you’ve all had a fandabadosey semester / term! Well, yesterday I finished my 6-month internship (yay yay yay!) after working in Toulouse for 6 months. What
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Andalucía Memories <3

Posted on 4 December 2016 by Simona Dundova

Last weekend I went on a trip that I hadn’t really planned to do, but it turned out to be the best thing that has happened to me on Erasmus. Although it was raining most of the time, we managed to see some of the most famous and beautiful places in Andalusia (and Spain in
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Mercat Central – A Magical Place

Posted on 1 December 2016 by Simona Dundova

I know it has been a while since my last post, but so many things are happening here in Valencia every day!!! I have barely had time to sit and write a few lines to my friends (both in Bulgaria and Cardiff), let alone sit undisturbed for an hour or so to write an article.
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reality finally hits.

Posted on 21 November 2016 by Izzie

So i’m sat in the library surrounded by various pieces of work, but gazing (as usual) out the window at anything and everything in a desperate attempt to escape the reality of the impending exams, I see a low flying plane go past. This, if I’m completely honest offended me slightly as I was quickly
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You Know You’re In Barcelona When…

Posted on 13 November 2016 by Llewelyn

As I’m coming towards the last few weeks of my stay in Barcelona, I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect on a few things I’ve learnt whilst living here for the past few months.  Hopefully, these will inspire you to visit the city if you ever have the opportunity or just give you an
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My First Visitors

Posted on 9 November 2016 by Chloe Walker

It has been quite a few weeks since my last blog post, however, I have enjoyed some great times with loved ones who have visited.  First to visit me was my Auntie Shelley and Nicola. I loved showing them around the city that I have come to know so well. We did the typical tourist
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some work; all play; master of the metro

Posted on 31 October 2016 by Izzie

Happy Autumn from Paris! I must say this season and the run up to Christmas was the time of year I was most looking forward to spending here in Paris, the colours and lights, hot chocolate (although I have requested some English brand hot chocolate as I’m too stubborn to find a replacement) and the
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Andalusian Adventures

Posted on 17 October 2016 by Chloe Walker

    So this week began with a Monday spent perusing the shops with Helena and then meeting Maria for a tandem in the most beautiful park just behind our uni. Forever grateful for my Spanish gals. Tuesday was then spent in preparation for departing at midnight for a 5 day trip around Andalusia. The
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TRIP TO PORTAVENTURA AND TARRAGONA

Posted on 15 October 2016 by Simona Dundova

I think last weekend was one that I will remember for the rest of my life! I went on a trip to one of the biggest amusement parks in Europe and to the beautiful historic city of Tarragona. Basically, me and my friends spent two days full of adrenaline, true happiness and something more…We left
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Last Few Weeks Update

Posted on 11 October 2016 by Llewelyn

I seem to have left a large gap between this and my last post so I thought I’d take the opportunity to say how I’m doing after just over a month here. Having arrived in Barcelona on September 3rd with a sense of wide eyed excitement I’ve only ever really felt at Christmas and Welsh
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M.I.A.

Posted on 10 October 2016 by Izzie

Mes excuses, mes amis, for being away yet again and potentially another long post on what I’ve been up to over the last couple of weeks, BUT as I like to say, It’s a great sign there is rarely a dull moment here in Paris. Time is flying by and the weather has finally dropped
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Dinner Parties, Eyebrows and Sagunto

Posted on 10 October 2016 by Chloe Walker

This week has been quite a busy one, involving various excursions and other lovely days with friends. So on Tuesday, we held our first dinner party at the flat. I use the term ‘we’ very loosely, considering it was really Orla and Sarah who did the cooking. Sarah is staying with us for a while
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A DAY AT THE OCEANOGRAFIC

Posted on 5 October 2016 by Simona Dundova

Last week I visited the place I had been dreaming to go into since I first saw pictures of Valencia – one of the biggest and most astonishing aquariums in Europe! My uncle came on a trip around Spain and while he was staying with me, we decided to explore the beautiful city I am
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Taking it easy

Posted on 3 October 2016 by Chloe Walker

This week has been quite different to the last. Having acquired a nice little cough and cold I have taken it easy this week. I really feel like I am here for the long haul now rather than for a short holiday and I must admit that it is quite a nice feeling. I am enjoying
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#notatourist

Posted on 19 September 2016 by Izzie

  Salut! Did you miss me? The last few weeks have been almost non-stop. So I now face the task of trying to sum them up in a concise and somewhat interesting way, and give you any chance of getting through to the end! Wish me luck! There have been so many various events and
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Sun, Sea and Schedules

Posted on 19 September 2016 by Chloe Walker

Today marks two weeks since my arrival in Valencia and I am only just getting around to writing this blog post. Valencia is a beautiful city of glorious sunshine, which has led to many days spent lounging on the beach and not a lot of productivity. The experience of arriving in Spain with nowhere to
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Working All Hours

Posted on 15 September 2016 by Llewelyn

I’m currently coming to the end of my first two weeks of work here in Barcelona, so I thought it’d be a good time to share how it’s all been going so far. I’m working in a private language school, not far from the Sagrada Familia, which is really great, because it means there’s just
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Adapting to life in Nantes

Posted on 10 September 2016 by Susannah Hadden

I moved to Nantes a little over a week ago now and it’s slowly starting to feel more like home, a foreign, temporary home, but home all the same. Without wishing to jinx it, I think I’ve pretty much overcome the homesickness that got me down when I arrived, and so I can really start
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First Impressions

Posted on 4 September 2016 by Llewelyn

So I finally got to Barcelona Friday evening, after a long, long train ride all the way from home, but now I’m all settled in, I thought I’d update you on how my first proper day went and how my flat is. Or more accurately, how my first afternoon went, seeing as I slept most
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Packing Up Is Hard To Do

Posted on 1 September 2016 by Llewelyn

So the big day’s just around the corner. In a few hours, I’ll be standing on the platform of Reading Station waiting for the first of three trains to arrive so I can start my journey down to Barcelona for my work placement.  I. Am. Buzzing. Partly with excitement for what’s to come, but equally
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TRYING TO BE CALM AND ORGANISED

Posted on 28 August 2016 by Izzie

DAY 0 I like to think that I am fairly organised person and almost go nowhere without my post-it notes and checklists. However, if there is one thing I will confess to needing to learn over this year it is to have a plan B. As sometimes I get slightly stumped when plan A goes
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ON MY WAY.

Posted on 24 August 2016 by Izzie

So I’m finally embarking on something that I’ve always wanted to do! I’m gonna be living in Paris for a whole year… Well for the “location police” 40 minutes outside of Paris but I haven’t been telling people that. And although it may not seem as brave or as big a leap as traipsing across
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A few words on paperwork

Posted on 12 October 2015 by Joe Healy

Testing, testing… one, two… Actually, that quite accurately describes my first few weeks in Barcelona: testing. That said, I brought it on myself. I’m not gonna make excuses for not having written a blog post thus far. Since arriving basically all I’ve done is drink, sleep and panic, on a repeat cycle. That’s not the
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The last chapter of Berlin

Posted on 24 August 2015 by Alexia Cowley

It is unbelievable to think that my Year Abroad is over! The last eight weeks of my time in Berlin was just one big blur. Having had time to re-adjust at home, I am now able to sit down and write about my final chapter of Erasmus! June was very much a busy month for
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Hello from Regensburg

Posted on 3 August 2015 by Mark Sweeney

Hey! I’m Mark, a third year Pharmacy student here at Cardiff. My Erasmus adventure began one cold October morning, when Heledd, from the Global Opportunities Centre, came in to give a talk on the Erasmus programme. The programme allows students to spend time studying or working abroad, though Cardiff University. Despite not being something I’d
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Travels around Europe

Posted on 17 May 2015 by Alexia Cowley

So here I am, sat on a very Anastacia-esque train carriage, travelling through Poland. A perfect opportunity to update my European gallivanting travels since March! March 20th, the day  I flew back to Berlin for my summer semester! I had visits from my dear home friends for 10 solid days. In this time, I went
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Leaving so soon?

Posted on 28 February 2015 by Kathryn Muldoon

Unlike those who have the luxury of spending an entire year putting down roots in one city, my semester in Lyon quickly came to a close. Just as I’d started to become really quite comfortable with the city and the wonderful people I’d met there, it was time to leave. Since I had really neglected
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Diwedd Semester 1

Posted on 23 February 2015 by Elin Jones

Unwaith eto mae amser wedi hedfan heb i mi sylweddoli! Erbyn hyn dwi adra yn mwynhau 6 wythnos o wiliau cyn dychwelyd i Berlin am yr 2il Semester ar ddechrau mis Ebrill. Ers y blog diwethaf dwi wedi cael lot o brofiadau gwych a dwi’n teimlo fy mod i’n dechrau dod i adnabod Berlin a’r
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First semester abroad in Chambéry

Posted on 31 January 2015 by Lucy Pierce

I chose languages as my joint honours degree, partly because I love the culture and history of foreign countries and learning the language is the best way of immersing yourself. However, like any normal person, it’s very daunting knowing your going away for the whole year, but, if you never get out of your comfort
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Erasmus: The first few days

Posted on 3 January 2015 by Chloë Hathway

The first week of the year abroad is possibly one of the most challenging and daunting of your life so far, but don’t let that put you off! Although it was difficult and stressful, it was also a huge learning curve, and is well worth working through as you reap the benefits later on! As
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The start of my time in Chambéry, France

Posted on 21 December 2014 by Alice Whelan

I am a French and Spanish third year student at Cardiff University, currently in south-east France in the small Alpine city of Chambéry. For the first semester of my Year Abroad I am studying here at the Université de Savoie, before heading to Spain in February to focus on my Spanish at the Universidad de
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Wanderlust in Deutschland

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Alexia Cowley

  Some of my favourite photos of Berlin since being here…. I have had a whirlwind of a time since winter has kicked in. I’ve experienced -9 temperatures (in Hamburg up a tower at night), I’ve done the European thing and had a coffee out pretty much every single day, and now the workload is
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Making it to Nantes

Posted on 8 December 2014 by Chloë Hathway

Bonjour from France! I’m a third year BA French & Italian student, currently on my Year Abroad which is a compulsory component of my degree (lucky me!). Although I’ve been living in France for almost three months now (!), I thought I would start by telling you all how I managed to get here in
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Ich liebe Berlin

Posted on 7 December 2014 by Elin Jones

  Fy enw i ydi Elin Jones, a dwi’n astudio Almaeneg a Cherddoriaeth ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd. Fel rhan o fy nghwrs mae hi’n orfodol i fi dreulio blwyddyn yn yr Almaen yn gwella fy iaith. Mae hi’n fis Rhagfyr! Sy’n golygu fy mod i’n byw yn Prenzlauer Berg, yn Nwyrain Berlin ers dros 2 fis
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Coucou, tout le monde!

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Kathryn Muldoon

Three very eventful months into the first stage of my Erasmus story, it’s probably time to reflect a little on my time so far in Lyon. And why is it that I’m in Lyon, you may ask? As a French (and German, but more on that in a few months) student, I’m given straight off
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The city of Leuven – how did it ‘plan’ out?

Posted on 28 August 2014 by Wendy Maden

Wendy Maden, final year student on the BSc City and Regional Planning, reflects on her experience of studying abroad through the Erasmus programme Wendy, third from the right, pictured in Leuven with friends made while on the Erasmus programme. Wendy stated: “This photo summarises Erasmus quite well: Swedish, Italian, German, British, Israeli and Italian in
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