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Welcome to the Villa Santa Cruz blog!  Here we post current happenings on the property and around Todos Santos.

A Dream Destination

Todos Santos Baja is a refreshing, alternative vacation destination packed with delightful experiences and a variety of activities. Named after “All Saints,” this town is a Pueblo Magico for a reason. Its wondrous landscape and abundant flora and fauna create the perfect oasis for a boutique hotel like Villa Santa Cruz.

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A designated Magic Town

A designated Magic Town Vintage artisan shops, cobblestones, and the smell of street tacos create a colorful village of dreams that simply cannot be topped. Your trip to Todos Santos Mexico is long overdue.

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Glamping in Todos Santos

The beautiful beaches of Todos Santos have become an increasingly popular getaway. Breathtaking sunsets and favorable weather make glamping in Todos…

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Restaurants in Todos Santos

Ever find yourself daydreaming at work, imagining warmer days in Baja? Would you rather be enjoying a gorgeous sunset on the beach, waking up to an ocean view from your hotel room, walking through the small streets of a colorful Mexcian pueblo…

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Best hotel in Mexico

Mexico is a favorite world destination, because of the unique and authentic experiences it offers. As a country with many cultures and huge diversity, it is full of Mexican folklore and adventure….

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Things to do in Todos Santos

Things to do in Todos Santos, Mexico

If you are looking for a charming destination where you can appreciate local art and culture and beautiful beaches, the ideal destination for you…

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Mexico Destination Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz – Katie & Drew

Looking for hotels in Todos Santos? Better yet, a wedding venue in Baja? For a destination wedding in Todos Santos, Villa Santa Cruz is the perfect beach venue in Mexico. In December…

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Emily & Jordan Todos Santos Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz

This Todos Santos wedding is one to remember! On Friday, November 15, Emily Meersand and Jordan Russum celebrated their marriage with a destination wedding at Villa Santa Cruz in Todos Santos…

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A Destination Dream Come True for Brooke & Dennis’ Wedding Day

For their destination wedding in Todos Santos, Dennis and Brooke’s created a beach-chic affair on July 6th. The fresh summer breeze and picturesque coastline did not disappoint as guests…

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Sarah & Daniel’s Baja Bliss – A White Sand Wedding on the Pacific

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Sarah & Daniel said “I do” in front of 65 of their closest friends and family members with their toes in the sand, lighthearted and brimming with joy. The celebration utilized the entire property, transitioning guests from a beachfront ceremony to a welcoming cocktail hour around the grand salt water pool.

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Beachfront Wedding Vows for Emerald & Devon

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This celebration of love, witnessed by 40 guests in June 2018, had so many personal touches – we especially loved the bride’s two-piece lace dress, the hand embroidered ring pillow, and the Day of the Dead figurines on the welcome table.

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Bold and Elegant on Claire & Jack’s Big Day – Destination Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz

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All the way from New York City, Claire & Jack chose Villa Santa Cruz as their destination wedding location to escape the frenzied, hectic pace of city life.

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Destination Wedding in Todos Santos – Rachel & Destin

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A destination wedding in Todos Santos, Baja Sur at Villa Santa Cruz was the perfect antidote for Rachel & Destin after a long winter in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Gay Destination Wedding in Mexico – Carl & Marne

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Carl & Marne’s gay wedding at Villa Santa Cruz was not only a dream come true for this awesome couple, but very personal for us as hosts…

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Wedding in Todos Santos at Villa Santa Cruz – Brenda & Nando

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As avid surfers who live here in Baja Sur (down in Cabo San Lucas), Brenda & Nando wanted their dream wedding in our little surf town of Todos Santos. Villa Santa Cruz was the perfect destination for their big day, especially because it is close to one of their favorite surf breaks, La Pastora, just a 10 minute walk down the beach.

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Mexico Destination Wedding – Greg & Elise

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Greg & Elise hosted an elegant destination wedding weekend in November 2017, coming all the way from Australia! With 40 of their closest friends and family cheering them on, they exchanged vows under the warm Baja sun and partied into the night.

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Intimate Villa Wedding – Alex & Nadine (VIDEO)

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Alex and Nadine traveled all the way from Munich, Germany, with a small group of family and friends, to celebrate their wedding at Villa Santa Cruz in May 2016.

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Amazing Aerial Footage of Villa in New Promo Video

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Check out this amazing new promotional video of Villa Santa Cruz, complete with aerial drone footage! It gives a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the property, a peek into the Crow’s Nest of the Palapa and a true feel of the expansive grounds and beach frontage.

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Lauren and Michael’s Wedding

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It was a fun family wedding celebration at Villa Santa Cruz on Sunday night for Lauren & Michael. With perfect weather, an incredible sunset, and a group of 100 guests that danced the night away.

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True Happiness – Jenna and Adam’s Wedding

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Jenna and Adam radiated happiness on Saturday afternoon as they exchanged vows on the sand and became husband and wife in front of an intimate group of 55 guests.

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Love in the Air for Ross and Rachel

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Love was in the air last night at Ross and Rachel’s wedding at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel in Todos Santos. Ross and Rachel celebrated their love in front of a small group of friends and family in a beautiful beach ceremony, followed by dinner and dancing under the stars.

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Elegant Beach Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz

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What an elegant wedding it was for Laura and Mike last Saturday evening. Arriving at Villa Santa Cruz in Todos Santos from snowy Calgary, Canada, the couple was excited for the beach wedding they had always dreamed of.

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Surf Sunset and Tequila Wedding

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Kylie and Dave’s fun surf wedding at Villa Santa Cruz had the perfect Baja feel – casual and festive with authentic Mexican touches.

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Intimate Beach Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz

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Adam and Justine’s Saturday evening beach wedding at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, was a beautiful and intimate affair.

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Congrats to the Happy Couple

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We send our warmest congrats to Jon-Michial & Catherine Carter who wed at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, on Saturday evening.

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Weathering the Storm (2003 – 2005)

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As the summer of 2003 approached, Matt and John’s only choice was to lay low and recover from the frustration and disappointment of the failed farm and stalled construction project.

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Grand Beach Wedding in Todos Santos at Villa Santa Cruz

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Congratulations to James & Brianna, who were married at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach in Todos Santos on Saturday evening, March 16, 2013. With 100 guests in attendance, the wedding was fun, festive and fancy!

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Villa Santa Cruz in the New York Post (March 12, 2013)

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Check out this great write up for Villa Santa Cruz in the New York Post! We enjoyed hosting travel writer, Jennifer Ceaser, at the Villa in October 2012.

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The Lettuce Debacle and Breaking Ground on the Villa (2002 – 2003)

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We are proud to post the next installment in the adventure of Villa Santa Cruz. If you have not yet read the first entry about how Matt & John found the land, Please read it.

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The Journey Begins! Buying the Property (2001 – 2002)

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When guests arrive at Villa Santa Cruz, often before they even make it upstairs to their guest suite, they want to know the story of the Villa. They pepper us with questions like: Who owns it?

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Features Todos Santos and Villa Santa Cruz

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Looking for the perfect destination wedding locale? Want something off the beaten track? Beachy? Mexican? Then, look no further than Villa Santa Cruz and Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico – featured in Destination Weddings & Honeymoons this month as the #2 hot spot in their “Where to Wed” Guide for 2013.

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Villa Santa Cruz Featured in National Geographic Traveler – December 2012/January 2013 Issue

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Villa Santa Cruz is featured in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of National Geographic Traveler as one of four Mexican eco-lodges along the Pacific Coast.

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Romantic Beach Wedding in Todos Santos at Villa Santa Cruz

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We send our warmest congratulations to New York couple, Katherine & Mason, who were married on Saturday evening at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico.

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Jump into the Todos Santos Art Scene at Studio N.E. Hayles

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Whether you live in Todos Santos or are just passing through on vacation, the beautiful landscapes and warm light are sure to inspire your creative side. With spectacular surroundings – the crashing surf, green moun…

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Sushi Lessons at Villa Santa Cruz

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Sushi has a certain mystère that makes it feel impossible to master at home. So many unknowns are involved….how do you work with seaweed? how do you make that perfect sticky rice?

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Summer Rain and Sunsets in Todos Santos

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With barely any rain over the last three years, the Baja desert was dry, dusty and thirsty. The aquifers were low, the landscapes were brown and the sand was hot to the touch.

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Gourmet Cooking Lessons with Chef Dany Lamote at Villa Santa Cruz

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One of the very best things about visiting Baja and Todos Santos is the amazing food. From the abundance of fresh produce and seafood to the chefs who magically whip these ingredients into gastronomical delights, visitors to our area are in for a treat.

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Beachy Boho Wedding Bliss!

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, is an amazing wedding venue for a bride and groom with beachy boho style! Just take a look at Kea & Lorrin’s fun and festive wedding from Saturday night.

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Villa Santa Cruz Featured as Ideal Venue for an Authentic Mexican Beach Wedding

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Considering a destination wedding in Mexico? Look no further than Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, in Todos Santos, Baja Sur. Recently featured on The Destination Wedding Site, Villa Santa Cruz…

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Small, Intimate Wedding on Spectacular Supermoon Eve at Villa Santa Cruz

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Congratulations to Sara & Tim who tied the knot on a gorgeous Cinco de Mayo night at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico.

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Villa Santa Cruz Showcased as Top 10 Desert Getaway by Outside Online

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, is featured on OutsideOnline.com as one of the Top Ten Desert Getaways in the world. Coming in at #4, we are thrilled to represent…

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Neil Patrick Harris Officiates Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz in Todos Santos

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico was proud to have hosted the beautiful wedding of Emma Bates & Joshua Zar on Saturday, April 28, 2012, with celebrity officiant Neil Patrick Harris.

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US State Department Recognizes Safety of Baja Sur – Finally!

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The US State Department has finally recognized what we have known for a long time – that Todos Santos is one of the safest regions in North America.

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Todos Santos Artist Studio Tour

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Our pueblo of Todos Santos, a bohemian artist community, was in true form on Sunday, February 12 when over 30 local artists opened their studio doors and welcomed in the public for the 3rd Annual Artists’ Open Studio Tour. From Villa Santa Cruz, Tod…

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Yacht Charter in La Paz with Baja.com – Beauty in our Backyard

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Thanks to our friends at Baja.com – a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel advice on Baja California, Mexico – we spent the day aboard a spectacular yacht in the Sea of Cortez, explored…

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Food & Wine Pairing Event Wildly Successful – Benefited Todos Santos Orphanage

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, hosted a lovely Food & Wine Pairing Event to benefit the Hogar del Nino, the orphanage in Todos Santos. From the sales of dinner tickets, silent auction…

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Fun Beach Wedding Inspiration Photo Shoot by Chris Plus Lynn Photographers

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, is the perfect backdrop for a hacienda-style wedding. Todos Santos based photographers, Chris+Lynn, captured the true essence of the Villa with…

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Greening Up the Garden

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The Villa Santa Cruz garden has a new look this year. In the spirit of being “green,” we scoured the property and found all sorts of discarded building materials that we repurposed to create raised planting beds.

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Love in the Moonlight – Katie & Oliver’s Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz

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Villa Santa Cruz was aglow on Saturday, September 10 to celebrate the union of bride and groom, Katie & Oliver. With a calm breeze in the air and beautiful afternoon light filtering through…

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When Life Gives You Mangoes…

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When life gives you mangoes, it is time to get creative in the kitchen! With over 40 mango trees on our property at Villa Santa Cruz, our trees are just dripping with fruit.

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Downward Dog, Anyone?

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Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, was the ideal setting for 20 yogis from San Diego to take a deep breath and find their inner calm.

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Sunset Photo Shoot with Sofft Shoes

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Villa Santa Cruz was ready for its close-up yesterday evening when the internationally recognized shoe company, Söfft Shoes, came to do a photo shoot for its Spring 2012 collection.

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Salute to the Summer Solstice

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With clear skies, a warm breeze and a peacefulness that only summer can bring, this is the kind of day that you wish would last forever – and, since today is the Summer Solstice, it almost does just that.

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Day Trip to El Triunfo: An Unexpectedly Delightful Day

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Itching to get out on the open road and explore a new area of Baja Sur, we decided to take a day trip to El TriunDay Trip to El Triunfo: An Unexpectedly Delightful Dayfo, a small historical mining town about 1 hour northeast of Villa Santa Cruz and Todos Santos.

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Cinco de Mayo – An American Invention?

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For many people living in the United States, the 5th of May, or Cinco de Mayo, is a day to let loose and celebrate. With visions of margaritas and cervezas, crazy sombreros and delicious…

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Farmers’ Markets

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There is little else that can convey the community feel of a town as well as a Farmers’ Market – and we, in Todos Santos, are lucky enough to have two of them each week.

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Taking the Plunge: Learning to Surf

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When giving tours of the Villa to guests, the pièce de résistance, without doubt, is the spectacular view from the Roof Terrace. With sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean, our guests glimpse…

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Asana in Paradise Yoga Retreats – July 2011

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We are excited to host two back-to-back Yoga Retreats in July – reserve your space now, they are filling up fast! July 16 to July 20th & July 20th to July 24th.

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History of Villa Santa Cruz

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This is the story of how we came to be…

In 2001, Villa Santa Cruz founders Matt Canepa and John Brown, came down the Baja Peninsula on a surf trip and camped just north of Todos Santos and the famous La Pastora surf break.

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