Lima, Peru – second part of my travel

One week since I got back from Lima and I still have plenty to write. But I have been lazy lately. No excuses accepted! When you know you have something to do, it’s always good to start once what you have to do. Time passing is not a solution for sure. You should scold me, but I know that some of you can’t wait for those lovely photos. Photos which indirectly carry you away in those places where you have never been, places of which you have always dreamt or maybe they are already checked on your travel notebook. Unlike some other people who travel a lot, I’ve traveled only a bit but I know that bit of traveling belongs to me. For a lifetime! It’s mine because imaginary I have left my footsteps there and I have also taken a piece of that place with me. And I do hope that I am showing it to you as best as I can via photos and writing. And I do plan to travel even more. Because this is something which I feel it makes me richer and better in so many ways. So no more beating about the bush and I will continue this blog post with the rest of the photos from Lima. We had three full days in Lima and on the second one, we decided to visit Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru (National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History of Peru). Between you and me, after some time in a museum, I get bored but this one totally captivated my attention. I have not taken photos of everything because in some rooms photos are not allowed or photos with flash are not allowed and rooms are too dark, but I hope that what I have may raise your interest.

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The interior yard of the museum with flowers

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Gold tweezers

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Important to know about the Paracas culture is that they lived in Ica Region of Peru and had plenty of knowledge about irrigation and water management as well as textile arts. I regret not taking more photos of the rooms or objects where I could but if you feel you want to know more, here is a link of the museum where you can find pictures of the museums’s heritage: http://sistemas2.cultura.gob.pe/pyBienes/index.jsp?txtdenominacion=&selectmuseo=22&selectcategoria=&btnBuscar=ok.

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“This is not your country/Because you know its boundaries/Nor because of the common language/Nor because you know the names of the dead/This is your country/Because if you had to do it/You would choose it again/To build your dreams here.” – a poem by Marco Martos

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Battle field

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Como en las telenovelas (as in telenovelas)

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After the visit at the museum, we strolled a bit close to city centre called Plaza de Armas. But we had to leave the place quickly as a concert was taking place and they closed the area.

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Another important highlight of Lima is Huaca Pucllana ruins. When in Lima, go visit them. They are an important part of Lima culture and heritage. So what’s the story of this Huaca Pucllana ? Shortly, these ruins are located in Miraflores, a district in central Lima. For your information, Miraflores is the district to stay for your safety and your fun activities. You can also walk in the evening, there are lots of people on the street. Yes, Lima is lovely, but not all districts are safe and surely you don’t wanna risk your safety or belongings. Coming back to the ruins, Huaca Pucllana ruins look like a pyramid and it’s a sacred place. It seems it served for religious ceremonies and as an administrative centre. Sacrifices were made in extreme conditions such as floods or earthquakes and young women were sacrificed with their approval. A pre-Inca civilization lived here. Huaca Pucllana ruins started to be protected around the 1980’s. Because the ruins were not protected until really late, a brick factory used bricks from the ruins as raw material to produce modern ones.

Our guide in English

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What really holds the bricks together is a combination of clay, straw and shredded shells helped by the fact that rain is in a small percentage per year.

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Moving further and bringing you the best pictures, this is one of the best cakes ever eaten if not the best. When I think of it, it makes my mouth water. Name of it: Cinco leches al estilo de Sandra (5 types of milk in Sandra’s style). If only I could order it in Europe!

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Right after this delicious cake, I took this picture. I loved the tree, the hedge with the pink flowers and the house behind me.

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Another tree in Lima’s style

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And right after a short walk, we headed for some Inca markets. Colour, diversity and always something to buy! If you let me alone in such a market, I promise I’ll sleep there and in the morning you’ll find me still there hahaha! I liked a lot all of their clothing and souvenirs. But pay attention to alpaca sweaters and baby alpaca sweaters! Because not all of them are pure alpaca. But that’s another story I promise to mention in the next post. DSC_0418.JPG

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So, what would you choose from here?

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That was pretty much all about Lima! The most important I could take of it. Of course, three days were not sufficient, but it was the best vacation for me until now. But wait, there’s more!! No, no, writing is not finished here. Until next post, warm hugs, a great week and anytime you have the chance, travel as often as you can! Life is adventure!

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Mi primer dia en Lima/My first day in Lima

Lima, me encantaste mucho! I liked you a lot, Lima! And if I were to have the chance  again, I would come without thinking too much! Full of life, sunny, crowded, touristic, you eat a lot of papas y arroz (potatoes and rice served at the same time), tasty fruits, alpaca stuff, lots of handicraft work, friendly people and there is more. This is how I would describe it. If someone had told me some time ago that I would visit Peru, I would never have believed him. But I am beyond happy to have had the opportunity. Peru is a country to which you can’t say ‘no’. I’m telling you, put it on your travel notebook because Peru has a rich culture and unique history. It has places to visit, lots actually such as archeological sites. It has geographic diversity, the peruvian coast, highlands and jungle. I haven’t seen everything, but what I liked most were the terraced mountains. As top tourist attractions, Machu Picchu is on the first place, but once you are in Peru, you’ll discover there are other sites worth your visit, your money and your attention. You will not get bored, if you love travelling and are interested in exploring other cultures.

And returning back to my first day in Lima, the first thing we did was a walk close to the Pacific Ocean. It was a sunny day and quite hot. The ocean, the palm trees, the waves, the highway along the coast and one or two people paragliding delighted our sights.

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Hello, Pacific Ocean! Nice to meet you!

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Paragliding on the Pacific shore

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Peruvian art on the walls

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The palm trees and the beautifully colourful walls make the best of this picture!

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Hear the sound. Pacific Ocean waves.

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The peruvian cuisine is based mainly on corn, potatoes and rice, but it contains also a mixture of dishes from the neighbouring countries. I would say food was really good, though too much potatoes and rice served at the same time.

Enjoying some crispy chicken tacos along with some rice and beans

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And back to the Pacific Ocean

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These were the highlights of my first day in Lima, but the best of this trip is yet to come via photos. Keep an eye on it!

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Denzel Washington’s theatrical performance gave me the thrills

Lately I have been given much thought about whether to write or not about my favourite movies or about movies I’d watch a second time. No more yes/no thoughts and challenge was accepted. I am great lover of movies and TV series and I believe I can make some pretty good recommendations. Plus a different viewpoint might help you in finding movies whose subject may inspire you or make you get the message beyond the characters and their interpretation or maybe reflect upon different concepts of life. You choose it. I’ll just write about what impressed me in the movie or how it made me feel. Shortly, the impact it had upon me depending on the film.

So, walking that talk into the deeper meanings of film, here is a good movie to start with: Fences. Truth be told, Denzel Wanshington is one of my favourite actors. I watched almost all of his movies and some of them I’d watch them again. Why?! Because he was so good-looking in his 20s and 30s. Smokin’ hot, to be noted. You can take it as you want but I cannot leave out his good looks. Apart from this, what’s more important is that he’s an incredible actor. I mean, his performance in a movie is memorable and really gets in the skin of the character. Fences whose subject did not thrill me at all when reading about it on IMDB, tells the story of an African-American, a working-class man and father who does his best to support his family. The course of events takes place in the 1950’s when African-Americans still faced high discrimination.

Following the first scenes of the movie, we’ve got the image of Troy Maxson (main character’s name), a hard-working man and father, coming home with his best friend, after ending their shift. They open a bottle of gin and Troy is telling jokes and stories. His wife and his best friend are happily engaged in the conversation. The picture of husband and wife, getting along with each other so well gave me the impression that everything ran smoothly in their marriage. Step by step, the viewer will soon understand and come to terms with the main character’s convictions and opinions. It saddens you from some points of view, but without a doubt, a man’s evolution in life depends to a high extent on society, education, values etc.. To be more specific, Troy tries to convince his son that work and not football is the right way to live his life. Their relationship is not a normal one. It’s not one that encourages the wishes and visions of his boy. With every disagreement they have, their relationship climbs down on a descending path with no possible way of reconciliation. Maxson’s personality is aggressive, impulsive, domineering. But I’m not revealing any more of it, you might want to watch it if you like the psychological genre.

In many moments, while watching the movie, I had the impression that in fact I was at a theater play. An awesome feeling! Too bad that I couldn’t ask for an autograph. A bit later, I was to find out that the film is actually based on a play written by August Wilson, an African-American playwright, winner of Pulitzer and Tony Awards. A few more words about Washington’s performance: deeply touching, powerful and every scene of the film is played with pathos and naturalness. Absolutely brilliant from the very first moment he begins until his last reply! I could not do otherwise but warmly recommend it! Will there be a second time to watch it? Definitely!

Here are some pictures from memorable scenes in Fences:

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Peleș Castle is a Must See!

Romania is beautiful and Peleș Castle should be in your next visits! And I am not saying it just because it’s my country, but because its architectural style and interior is pretty amazing with more than 10 types of wood and even more. Though one could say its chambers gather a mixture of styles, the castle boasts a collection of arms and armour with over 4000 pieces, stained glass, furniture, gold, wooden library etc. We paid it a visit  a few days right after New Year’s Eve and we were pretty impressed. And also proud as it was our first visit. Let’s have a look at it on a winter sunny day!dsc_0630

Built for King Carol I and inaugurated in 1883, Peleș Castle is located in Sinaia, a mountain resort and is surrounded by spectacular scenery. A ticket is approximately 7 euro and if you want to take pictures from inside, then you have to pay additionally.

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There were people waiting to tour, but it was not crowded. I heard that in the summer it can get pretty full. Make sure to plan ahead the period of the year when you want to drop by a visit. January could be a good month.

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Interior yard with beautiful painted walls

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Artistic picture before getting in

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Another painting on its walls

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Then we had a ride with the cable car until 1400 m altitude. Maximum 40 minutes was the least we could stay as it was very cold.dsc_0755dsc_0738dsc_0762

Me trying to befriend any pal dog I meet

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Happy, happy because of the snow and ready to make ‘some sort of show’ on snow! 🙂 Unless ice demonstrates me the opposite!

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Freezing but still having a picture of the magnificent view behind me

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So if you haven’t got your first breath of fresh air this year, you could take it at Peleș Castle! Be ready to get fully equipped because you can also ski or have a sleigh ride!

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Silent Autumn

One more post about autumn and I guess this is the last one. Because winter seems to ask for its righteous place. And I agree because I would love to see some real snow this year. It used to snow so much when I was a kid that the snow layer was knee-high. I miss those winters. But coming back to our last pieces of autumn, about two weeks ago, we had a short trip at Leopoldsteinersee. (See=lake). A sunny day, silent walk in the nature and photography. What could we need more?! The panorama as usual makes you wanna come back. Could you say ‘no’ to such a view?!

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That’s right! I guess we are on the same page 🙂

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 We were on the shadowy side of the lake and I was a little bit cold at first, so I tried to move myself. Like a ballerina, of course 😛

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And jumping around helped us warming up a bit!

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I’ll let the following no filter pictures speak for themselves.

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Pay attention to how this girl is preparing to take a high jump. Eyes closed and focus on the high jump! That is actually the first step for all our dreams.

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Purpose achieved!

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The picture below is one of my favourites from this post.

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Mountain girls ready to take over every Austrian mountain corner

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And the author of this post with sun rays in her hair

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I was making fun of the fact that people kept passing by. You know when you want nobody in the background in your picture? Well, it was inevitable to take a photo without people in the background. On weekends, mountain paths in Austria tend to be more crowded than in town.

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The photographer capturing the silence of autumn in immortal pictures

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Have I brought nature into your mind & soul? I do hope so! 🙂

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Yellooooow, won’t you tell me your name!

Ring a bell at the title? That’s right! That song from The Doors. But I made a word pun because that is what really came up to my mind when I downloaded the following photos from the camera.

This year autumn came with most amazing colours or probably I paid it just a little bit more attention. Relaxation and joy for nature came in one weekend when we took an unplanned trip. And the unplanned trips are usually the best. As they say, travelling makes you richer. Our destination: Open Air Museum Stübing (Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing).

The Open Air Museum Stübing is one of the ten big central open air museums in Europe. The museum preserves and protects natural cultural heritage. It shows and depicts peasant life through its houses and objects. And now let me show you!

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This is one of the houses which can be found at the Stübing Museum. Many of them have been brought from different regions of Austria.

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Autumn colours perfectly integrated in the picture of Stübing Museum

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Analyzing the structure of the roof doesn’t seem an easy job.

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The girls in a round of running for the cameradsc_0899

And STOP!

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And one round back for me! Flying back like a bird!

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I told him to have a sit on the prettiest flower he liked.

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Wandering about from house to house and feeling the freedom of nature

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Yellow delighting my eyes as never before

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Truth be told, the landscape takes your breath away. But anywhere in Austria, the fabulous scenery makes you want to see some more. And there are plenty of places to go, relax and enjoy. You just need to check it down on your list of places to go.

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Behind me there was a pretty restaurant. I didn’t check it out, but apparently the food smelt pretty good. We were really thankful for the fine autumn weather.

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And while sometimes I might terrorize my boyfriend with asking lots & lots of photos, I am really grateful for the wonderful photos he takes. These posts would not be so complete without his help. 🙂

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There were also means of having fun for kids and adults. As a result, boyfriend on stilts. 🙂

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As I proclaimed myself the girl who loves autumn, I dearly invite you to take a walk more often in autumn. It’s rewarding, I’m telling you!

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The girl who loves autumn & her fox bag

Close your eyes. Imagine stepping on the carpet of colourful, dry leaves. Can you hear the sound it makes? Crispy…crunching under your feet. And a cool, sharp breeze on your face. Still the picture in your mind? Lovely! That is what autumn means to me. And this autumn I’ve decided not to let it go undisturbed. I mean, I took advantage of its signs and went for a photo shoot. I had a quick look at the clothes in my closet, found something suitable, a catchy bag and got started. dsc_0595

This is actually my first post in which I’ll be talking a little bit about clothes and my passion for clothes and fashion. I’d remember cutting material and designing clothes for the Barbie dolls I had when I was a child. And of course, nowadays fashion industry has evolved and developed in the most fascinating ways. For example, I find it absolutely amazing that skirts and dresses have changed a lot after 1920s. To this very moment, each decade has come up with its own transformations. Some would say “fashion is about dressing according to the fashionable”. I would say not. Fashion is about creativity and manner of expression. It is about who you are, what you feel, what you want to be, how it makes you feel. Fashion industry is about change and how you dress is about your identity and how open you are towards the horizons of fashion. This is what I believe it is. Coming back to what this post is actually about: there I go with my autumnatic look!dsc_1

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Me hopping around like a kanguroo to take this photo!

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Sunset light is absolutely important in taking a photo portrait. And somehow it gleamed through the trees so beautifully that my skillful photographer recommended it and I took his good piece of advice. The scenery felt flawless and the result thereunder!

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“A good laugh is always sunshine in the house.” William Makepeace Thackeray said it and I practise it. Fair enough, right?

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The effect of vintage is worth trying! This photo got actually much better than expected. “Very World War II”, as a friend said. Took it as a compliment!

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That burgundy skirt was bought a long time ago and it is from Stradivarius. I love much of their clothes for they seem to suit my style and personality.dsc_0699

So what about my beauty statement?! I bought this fox bag a few years ago from Salzburg. It was love at first sight, can’t deny it! Since it was hard in matching colours and clothes for this bag, depending on what there is the closet, now I have it as a dear memory from Salzburg. It’s nice sometimes to say “I have this bag from Salzburg”. All your memories from visiting a place come together with that thing you bought.

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Details from behind the photo shooting: stole leaves from people’s yards to take this photo. I know! But this crazy girl would do anything to make the best out of photos. In other words: love for photography!

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 The photographer and the model sending you warm greetings!

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And one more, because you probably loved the photos. So did I!dsc_0786

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Bratislava is worth a visit!

Imposing castle in the background, blue sky with soft white traces from clouds just like in a painting, a little bit of wind in my hair and plenty of sun to warm up my skin in a three-day trip to Bratislava! My friends had planned this escape by themselves, but because they had rented an apartment with enough space, they just said: “Come with us if want!” and so I did. It took us only two hours and a half to reach from Graz to Bratislava. We packed everything we needed and before we knew it, we were there. The apartment they had rented was just a stone’s throw from the Danube. So our first day in Bratislava went on with having a walk along the Danube and admiring the view.

A warm THANK YOU to my friends for the following photos!

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And because we still owe respect to the king of the jungle, this photo happened. 🙂 Not by chance, of course!

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He seemed not wanting to let go of my hair…

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There are lots of cruise ships on the Danube and lots of hotels as well to choose from, if you want to make the best of your vacation!dsc_02dsc-01

The UFO Observation Deck in Bratislava – if you really want to capture great photos of the city, you should probably pay for a ride in the evening. The tower is 95 metres above the Danube and the bridge is the seventh largest hanging bridge in the world. Want to know more? The elevator in the tower goes up inclined, but you’ll not be disappointed with the view!

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The following day we were hunting for souvenirs, especially fridge magnets.

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Engaging ourselves in selfies has never been easy, as you probably know. But we don’t give up: once in a lifetime we are young! 😉dsc08234

The much awaited photo with the Bratislava Castle! Inhabited by Celts and Romans at its beginnings and burnt by fire in 1811, the castle is in an ongoing reconstruction. I would have loved to visit the castle inside, but at least I could enjoy a walk in the park around the castle.dsc08297

The castle at night from the UFO Observation Deck

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Well…I guess we could let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Dear Bratislava, we liked you and for sure we’ll pay you another visit sometime in the future!