Dream Island Santorini

This is a series of blog entries from SkySurf.Travel’s first travel hiree, Romanna.

Traditional white houses of Oia city
Traditional white houses of Oia city

Welcome to the most beautiful corners of the globe! Santorini island annually accepts hundreds of tourists every year. Sometimes, it is impossible to understand how all of them could stay on such a small piece of ground.

Did you know “Santorini” is a nickname? To my astonishment, I found out the Island’s original name is Tira only when I arrived! This name deals with the volcano eruption near the Island, which ruined a great civilization. From the old days, the Island received its nickname – Santorini, named after Saint Irina, patron of locals. There is a version that the Island is part of the legendary Atlantis that supposedly is under the water, described by Platon.

The indescribable beauty of snow-white houses, more than three hundred small churches, picturesque views on the Aegean Sea, and a mighty volcano – it is all about Santorini!

According to the version given by National Geographic, the sunsets on the Island are among the ten most beautiful in the world. They say that you can see all the existing colors while watching these sunsets. The Island has lots of awards as “best sunset,” “best book store,” and others. It seems more like one of the tourist attractions.

The most beautiful sunsets are here! (due to National Geographic)
The most beautiful sunsets are here! (due to National Geographic)

The Island also attracts by its multi-colored volcanic beaches. They are no less popular than famous sunsets. Although there are about 15 of them, the most popular ones are black, red, and white.

Getting married in Santorini island is a dream to thousands of girls all over the world. Amazingly, lots of them do it despite insanely high prices for everything. The Island is also very popular among newly-married Chinese couples. They like to spend a romantic honeymoon here and also arrange beautiful photo sessions. Santorini is relatively small, it’s only 17 km long, but every square inch of it looks like a peachy postcard.

Typical marriage photo session with a breathtaking view
Typical marriage photo session with a breathtaking view

You want to get lost while walking by flamboyant surroundings. The area is 76 square km, so it is possible to get from one side of the Island to the other by car in 2 hours. In some areas, you can see the sea on both sides of the road.

How to get to Santorini?

It is comfortable to reach Santorini by ferry from Athens. Such ferries follow the time-table, the ticket price starts from 50 €. It depends on the travel time: the shorter your way, the cheaper the ticket. Also, you can reach Santorini by plane; the flight from Athens to the Island lasts less than one hour. On the territory of the small airport, there are not many facilities. There are ATMs and restaurant, and prices are a little bit overestimated. In general, this airport is considered to be one of the worst in Europe. One more way to get here is by cruise ship. Nowadays, there is a rule that only one can come per day because usually each of them brings a few thousands of people.

Crowds of people in Oia city during the sunset time
Crowds of people in Oia city during the sunset time
Crowds of people in Oia city during the sunset time
Crowds of people in Oia city during the sunset time

Transport 

Public transport is not the only way of movement by the Island. A lot of tourists prefer to rent a quadricycle, which is a comfortable vehicle; but you should be careful with that, especially on mountain roads.  Also, you can catch a taxi, but the prices aren’t small. On average, a 10-15 minute trip will cost you 20-25 €.

One of the hundreds of souvenir shops on the Island.
One of the hundreds of souvenir shops on the Island.

Public transport 

The only public transport on the Island is the bus. The buses on Santorini go frequently and almost to all the breathtaking places. Based on the bus terminal, which is in the capital of the Island – city Tira (Fira), are all the buses. Most of the routes go through this bus station. The buses on Santorini are not cheap: minimal price varies from 1,8 to 2,5 €, but sometimes it is necessary to change the bus to reach some points on the Island. In such a way, you will pay around 10 € per day.

Cable car 

At first sight, it seems like it is impossible to achieve Fira from the port, but for those who aren’t impressed by walking on foot, you can ride the cable car. It’s situated in the Old port and goes daily every 20 minutes. The ticket costs 5 €. There is also an opportunity to get up on a donkey, but I do not recommend to ride the poor animals.

Car rental 

You can rent a car on the Island, the price per day will start from 50 €, but some fantastic snow-white streets are so narrow for a vehicle to maneuver there. So in small cities, you need to always walk on foot.

Where to stay 

During the high season, prices for the cheapest hotels on the Island start from 150 € per night, and if you need a higher comfort level – 350/600 €. If you want to stay at a luxury apartment with a beautiful view and a pool, it will cost you about 800 € per night. But all the variants mentioned above aren’t the only option. You also can find an apartment on Airbnb (it can be a whole flat or one private room in the flat), and the price will start from 30 €. There are some hostels in Santorini; the bed in a room for 6/8 persons will cost 20-25 €. My host was an amazingly friendly person. We watched shooting stars from the best point of the Island; he told a lot of unexpected things about the life of locals. A large part of these people works without days off and holidays for an incredibly small payment. But living in such a paradise demands patience and effort.

Evening in Firostefani city
Evening in Firostefani city

Is it worth to visit Santorini? Definitely yes. Rich with exotic beauty and contrasts, this Greek island, you will not forget. Moreover, it will take 2-3 days to get to know almost all the best spots of the Island!

– Romanna

Romanna’s trip to eight cities (five islands) in Europe cost a total of $815 (flights only).  To build your own cheap multicity itinerary, visit SkySurf.Travel.

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Feel like a Local in Barcelona

This is a series of blog entries from SkySurf.Travel’s first travel hiree, Romanna.

Have you ever tried to come to a new city and ignore all tourist attractions?

The World Begins With every Kiss - photo mosaic
The World Begins With every Kiss – photo mosaic
The World Begins With every Kiss - photo mosaic
The World Begins With every Kiss – photo mosaic

When I came to Barcelona, I decided to try both – being a tourist and being a local (pretend to be like a local). In the last article, I told you how to be a typical tourist – must-visit places, how to get there, what to do, and what to be aware of; and now I want to tell you another point of view.

You know how Barcelona looks like, right? It is a city made of rectangular quarters near the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the fact, Barcelona has a 1,5 million population, and thousands of tourists; the sea and all the beaches are clean and well maintained.

Barcelona city view
Barcelona city view

Barceloneta is an area on the coast of the sea with the most crowded beach. It is the oldest, the craziest and a loud place. There is a street with tons of restaurants and cafes. Usually, they prepare some seafood and paella. You need to understand all those places are for tourists; you will not experience the real, local taste in here. Locals rarely come here; only teenagers come to have fun on the beach.

Barceloneta beach
Barceloneta beach

The only reason to visit this place is the Cable Car. But if you have enough energy to climb a small hill, I advise you to catch a Cable Car from another side.
Usually, from Barceloneta, you need to spend at least one hour waiting in a queue. At the same time, from the Montjuic there is nobody! So you can quickly buy tickets and enjoy the view. The trip takes 15 minutes and costs 12 euros (one way). It is definitely worth it – you enjoy the view of the city and the seashore from a height of more than 170 meters.

Barcelona Cable Car
Barcelona Cable Car

Moreover, you can buy a ticket for the Cable Car online by following this link: https://bcnshop.barcelonaturisme.com/shopv3/en/product/19916/montjuic-cable-car.html

Right near the cash desk, there is a viewpoint with a small snack bar to eat something with a beautiful view. There is also a small park with a fountain, and benches where you can rest a little bit in a shadow of trees during a hot day.

The cash desk of Cable Car
The cash desk of Cable Car

Do not forget to take a walk through the park, take a look at different parts of the city, and find a tiny Sagrada Familia from this distance.

Could you see Sagrada Familia in the photo?
Could you see Sagrada Familia in the photo?

Where to go for the best sunset in Barcelona?

After the 3 meters over the sea film, this place became overcrowded. Nevertheless, many of the people behave so pleasantly that it is still a beautiful place to come. Recognize Bunker El Karmel? It used to be a real military bunker in the 20-30s. But now it is the most popular place with a panoramic view of the city – parallel streets, hills, Sagrada Familia, the Mediterranean sea – you can see the best points of Barcelona from here!

City view from El Karmel Bunker
City view from El Karmel Bunker

You can get here by the blue metro line and get off the Carmel station, or by the yellow metro line and get off Alfons station. A more accessible way of getting there is by the V17 bus; it comes almost to the top of the hill to a bunker.

A good idea to take some snacks with you and spend the whole evening at this place. If you forget – do not be upset; due to the number of people and popularity of this place, every evening, sellers come and propose your water, wine, beer, and some food.

Nightlife in Barcelona

First of all, I want to warn you it can be unsafe to walk alone at night if you are a girl, especially if you do not know where the secure areas are. I advise you to find a company to discover the nightlife of the capital of Catalonia together. For solo travelers, I recommend finding some locals or also travelers in the hangouts section of Couchsurfing. It is beneficial for a few reasons. Firstly, you are not afraid to be alone. Secondly, locals could show you great places you will not find yourself. Finally, it is always great to have fun with new friends!

There are hundreds of bars, pubs, and night clubs all over the city. Of course, the most significant part of them is in the central area. During the night, the city seems completely different. Tiny streets of a Gothic Quarter seems even terrifying! But do not be afraid – enjoy Barcelona! As I am not a huge fan of night clubs, I will tell you about two bars I liked the most.

Nevermind Bar
Nevermind Bar

Nevermind bar. Loud and crowded, this bar has an energetic atmosphere. The name is the same as one of the most famous Nirvana albums. Funny to say this, but it really Smells Like Teen Spirit inside! It is a skateboard bar, and one of the rooms is a skate-rat! Graffiti all over the walls, loud music, and low prices. Worth visiting at least once!

33/45 Bar
33/45 Bar

33/45 bar is the contrast to the previous: muted music, relaxed atmosphere, and unusual visitors. Feels like you moved to Berlin! Prices are more expensive, but you could find some interesting cocktails and meet some new friends here!

– Romanna

Romanna’s trip to eight cities (five islands) in Europe cost a total of $815 (flights only).  To build your own cheap multicity itinerary, visit SkySurf.Travel.

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Feel like a Tourist in Barcelona

This is a series of blog entries from SkySurf.Travel’s first travel hiree, Romanna.

What type of tourist are you? There is one significant separation in traveling – some people grab a thick guide (or create a google map with a dozen places of interest), others prefer to get lost in a new city and feel it as it is.

Nevertheless, in Barcelona, there are some places worth visiting for both categories. Even if you don’t take a look into a map, you will find them and be amazed.

So let’s discover the Barna! (Do not confuse Barsa and Barna. Barsa in the name of a football team, and Barca is a shortened name of Barcelona)

Everything starts from here – Catalonia Square. There are a Suburb train station, more than 20 bus stops, and a metro station. Aeroexpress from the airport also comes here, and most of the touristic routes start from here. It used to be small before the year 1888, but now it is a vast square with monuments and fountains and a central meeting point.

The biggest attraction here are thousands of doves. There are more doves here than in San Marco Square in Venice and more than in Duomo Square in Milan. There are tourists, artists, running children who try to scare doves and peddlers who work to sell you cold water and beer. Be aware of them and do not buy anything; some of the peddlers cool drinks under the sewer covers!

Rambla street - Barcelona
Rambla street – Barcelona

Just in a few steps from the square, Rambla street begins. It is the most famous pedestrian street in Barcelona, which spreads from Catalonia Square to the cruise port. There are tons of shops, cafes, restaurants and tourists attractions. It is always crowded with tourists and locals and seems nice and bad at the same time; cross it with caution and pay attention to your personal belongings. As I told you in the previous article, there are many pickpockets.

You are now in the old town – the Gothic Quarter. It is the heart of the city where Barcelona was born. Saved in their original appearance were buildings from the 14-15th century. Most of the streets are pedestrian; the only way to see them is by walking through them.

The main sight of the Gothic Quarter is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, also known as Barcelona Cathedral. Thirteen geese are living in one of the chapels of the Cathedral. They are the symbol of Saint Eulalia, who died at the age of 13 years.

Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona Cathedral

One more famous spot in Gothic Quarter – Bisbe Bridge. There are some legends and beliefs about it. The most known one says that you need to stay under the bridge and make a wish while looking at a skull to make it real. Others say that a couple who kisses under the bridge will be in love forever.

Bisbe Bridge in Gothic Quarter
Bisbe Bridge in Gothic Quarter

If you are interested in art, I recommend to climb the Montjuic Hill and visit the Museum of Catalonian Art. It is an extraordinary place with so many different styles – Barocco, Gothic, Renaissance, etc. You can spend half of the day in the halls of the museum!

Want to rest a little under a tree shade? Make your way to Guel Park. There are two parts of the park – free and paid. Remember, many tourists visit Barcelona every day. That is why in all the touristic places, there was a limit of visitors. Even if you arrive at the entrance, there is a big chance that there will be no more tickets.

Gingerbread house in Guel Park
Gingerbread house in Guel Park

Best idea – to buy tickets online or enjoy the free part of the park. Nowadays more than half of paid territory is closed because of reconstruction. So there is no sense to pay 7,5 euros and see the renovation process. Seen from the main entrance are Gingerbread houses, but all other famous mosaic monuments are covered and hidden now.

Reconstruction process in Park Guel
Reconstruction process in Park Guel

Sagrada Familia is the main symbol of Barcelona, the most known masterpiece of Gaudi and one of the most unusual European cathedrals. The building process of it started in the 19th century and is still going on today. Antonio Gaudi spent 43 years of his life on a building, and for that time, only one-third of his ideas were brought to fruition. The Cathedral should be finished approximately by 2026.

All parts of it are particular and have sense. You can spend hours focusing on its forms, monuments, and even on a tiny piece!

Facade of Sagrada Familia
Facade of Sagrada Familia

The first time I came to Barcelona and wanted to visit Sagrada Familia, all tickets were sold out three days in advance! I was so upset. You should see those queues; some people were waiting for hours to get in!

I advise you to buy tickets online. It is much easier and quicker. Use this link – http://sagradafamilia.tickets-barcelona.org/

The ticket price is 17 euros per person. You need to know the ticket is valid only for a selected day and time, so do not miss it. You can easily buy it on the internet for the day you want, skip the queue, and save some time. You can print the ticket or use your phone to pass the checking – you will need to show a QR code for scanning.

Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia

Imagine, there are more than three million people who visit Sagrada Familia every year! Part of the ticket price and donations of tourists are the only fundings of construction.

In my opinion, all these places are worth visiting at least once in your life. And of course, I will tell you more about non-touristic and less crowded places in the next article. Do not miss it – follow the blog updates!

– Romanna

Romanna’s trip to eight cities (five islands) in Europe cost a total of $815 (flights only).  To build your own cheap multicity itinerary, visit SkySurf.Travel.

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Freedom, Art, Madness. This Is a Barcelona City!

This is a series of blog entries from SkySurf.Travel’s first travel hiree, Romanna.

Sunset over Barcelona
Sunset over Barcelona

Sunny, loud and wild, Barcelona attracts thousands of tourists every year. They come in winter, in spring and much more come in summer, during the best time of the year. People dream of staying here longer, of returning next year or even of moving here.

So what is the secret of Barcelona’s popularity?

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. If you had never been to Spain, I need to explain to you more about this. There are 17 autonomous communities, which has their own rules, traditions, and even languages! So, Barcelona and three more provinces (Tarragona, Girona, and Lleida) are parts of Catalonia. They speak a Catalonian language which is different from Spanish. Oh, that was shocking to me!

Calm Barcelona city center early in the morning
Calm Barcelona city center early in the morning

Geographically Barcelona is situated on the north-west of Spain, right on the seashore of the Mediterranean Sea. At the same time, the city lays on five hills, and some areas were named after them. That is why you can find mount Monterols hill, and the entire region around will be called the same.

Did you know that Barcelona is one of the five most popular European cities?

Despite the fact of extremely high temperature, a vast amount of people come during July and August. At this time almost all locals are trying to leave the city and go on vacation. Prices are growing. Flights, hotels, hostels, and apartments. So if you do not want to melt from the heat with thousands of tourists and pay a few times more, I advise you to visit Barcelona some other time. During spring and autumn, the weather is still lovely – more than 20 degrees and fewer tourists at the same time. Even in winter, the temperature is over 10 degrees, usually, so you can not be afraid of the cold.

All touristic entrances are full of tourists. Want to come inside? Wait a few hours please
All touristic entrances are full of tourists. Want to come inside? Wait a few hours, please!

How to get to Barcelona

The easiest and the quickest way to get to the capital of Catalonia is by plane. It is the easiest way for other people, who live far, and me. But there are options like bus, train, and ferry – whatever you like!

El Prat airport is one of the biggest in Europe. It is enormous – I almost got lost a few years ago during my first visit. There are two terminals located out of the city. The significant fact – lots of buses are working day and night. So you can cheaply and quickly get almost anywhere even if your plane arrives late. It takes 30 minutes to get to Catalonia Square, which is the city center. Moreover, there is another way to get to the city – a Metro line.

Transport

Imagine 82 millions of people; this is the number of tourists who came to Spain last year! At least one-third of them visited Barcelona, and this number is growing all the time. It will not be possible without a sound transport system.

France train station in Barcelona
France train station in Barcelona

Well developed public transport consists of metro, buses, trams, ferries, trains, and cable car. I lived out of the city in a small town, Castelldefels. Every day I used Renfe – Barcelona Suburb trains or buses to get to the city. In my opinion, the metro is the most convenient transport to move through Barcelona. There are 11 lines and more than 200 stations! That makes Barcelona’s metro one of the biggest not only in Europe, even in the world! Do not be afraid to get lost; it is almost impossible also if your knowledge of Spanish and English is low. There are intelligible maps and signs in wagons and all stations.

Budget tip – buy a universal T-10 pass. You will get ten rides for all kinds of transport per 10,2 euros. By comparison, for one bus or metro ride, you need to pay 2,2 euros!

Except for public transport, there is a variety of private options. Cars are not the most useful transport in Barcelona, but still, you can catch a taxi or rent a car. Otherwise, you can rent a bicycle, scooter or even a moped!

Stylish Yego mopeds - download the App, connect a credit card, add your license, and go!
Stylish Yego mopeds – download the App, connect a credit card, add your license, and go!

Where to live

The hardest thing about searching for a place to stay is choosing something from thousands of options! And I am not talking about expensive hotels; you can find so many cool budget apartments and hostels! Try Booking, Airbnb and Hotellook or Couchsurfing if you want to spend more time with locals and dive into the real Barcelona life.

Painted wall in a Barcelona bar
Painted wall in a Barcelona bar

Safety rules

There are many tourists in Barcelona and many pickpockets. Few times I witnessed how a phone, purse, and camera got stolen from people.

What to do to save all your things with you?

  1. Always pay attention to your things. Luggage, backpack, bag – remember about all your stuff and keep an eye on it no matter how beautiful everything is around you.
  2. Use a card, not cash. Same with documents – better to carry a copy of your ID with you, than the original one.
  3. Do not keep valuable things in pockets – usually, there are too many people around you, and you will not feel it when they are pulled out.
  4. Like to wear a bag or camera on your shoulder? Hold it stronger. The strap could be cut within a few seconds!
  5. Always keep some small amount away from your purse to pay for transport, bars or museums where there’s a big crowd of people. Pickpockets pay attention to where you put the purse and can easily steal it and run away through the crowd.

Hope I did not scare you. These rules are just for your safety and for a good mood while traveling.

Sunset time in Catalonia Square
Sunset time in Catalonia Square

In the next article, I will tell you about the best places in Barcelona.
See you soon!

– Romanna

Romanna’s trip to eight cities (five islands) in Europe cost a total of $815 (flights only).  To build your own cheap multicity itinerary, visit SkySurf.Travel.

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My Best Destination – Madeira Island

This is a series of blog entries from SkySurf.Travel’s first travel hiree, Romanna.

The volcanic origin of Madeira explains the landscape, height, and even climate differences in diverse parts of the island. It is the top of an underwater volcano, but there is no need to worry. Eruptions stopped more than six thousands years ago!

Ponta De Sao Lorenzo
Ponta De Sao Lorenzo

I was surprised by the erratic changes in the weather. For example, one day there was heavy rain, the sky was grey, and I had an unfortunate mood because of this. I decided to go to the north part of the island and there the weather was remarkably extraordinary. The sun was shining, blue sky – just a perfect day. Due to high mountains in the middle of the island, you never know about the actual situation on the other side of Madeira. There are more than 20 microclimates on the territory of the island! So never stop to discover something new!

As you already know from the previous article, 2/3 of Madeira is a forest. Thanks to the climate and frequent rainfall, these forests are full of unique trees and plants. Can you imagine – there are more than 1,200 different plants on this tiny island! It is the reason why Madeira’s forests are on the list of the UNESCO world heritage.

Want to spend some time one-on-one with nature? I can recommend the best place – Levadas!

Typical Levada Walk view
Typical Levada Walk view

The word “Levada” comes from the Portuguese word levar, which means to carry. It is the name for the small watering canals. The total length of all Levadas on Madeira island is more than 2,000 kilometers! They were built many years ago for water delivery from the north to dry areas in the south; this is how water comes to banana plantations, vineyards, fruit orchards, and vegetable gardens all over the island. Nowadays, lots of tourists prefer Levada walks to sunbathing.

My local friend showed me the WalkMe App, a mobile application guide for discovering Madeira Island. Also, you can visit their website here – http://walkmeguide.com/en/. The app costs 5 euros. To buy it or not is your decision, but I do recommend you to download the free demo – there you can find a list of the Top 10 Levadas of Madeira. It comes in handy and consists of different types of trails with varying distances and challenges.

Some of the walks are difficult, and you may need to have a guide with you. For example, Levada da Ribeira da Janela is 30 kilometers long and has nine tunnels along the way. One of them is almost 2 kilometers long! I’m sure you will need some special equipment, knowledge, and physical training.

Are you afraid of heights? There is a great challenge for you!

Can you see Faja Dos Padres Beach?
Can you see Faja Dos Padres Beach?

Faja Dos Padres – secret beach not far from Funchal. The easiest way to get there – by car. But you can’t get right to the beach – only to the top of the cliff. And there you need to take a Cable Car which goes down with an extreme angle! That was a scary experience. Maybe, I was even more impressed by the trip on the panoramic lift than by the place. Nevertheless, it is worth it.

Organic farming in Aja Dos Padres
Organic farming in Aja Dos Padres

When you come down, you will see lots of gardens and plantations. Due to the unique microclimate, farmers have the opportunity to grow subtropical plants. Banana plantations, vineyards, sugar cane, mango, avocado and lots of other fruits. Locals are proud of this organic farming and will be happy to tell you more about this area.

Besides agriculture, this place is famous by the beach with clear water. You may rent a sunbed and go swimming, or enjoy the view. There is a restaurant near the beach and some houses to stay for a night. You need to know that there is no other way to get out from that place – only by boat and by cable car which closes at 7 pm. So you need to be aware of timing or to rent a place to stay for a night.

Do not miss a chance to try local seafood! There is a wide variety of fish and seafood in every cafe and restaurant. My favorites were Lampas and Mussels. Both of them are kinds of clams, but I have never seen and tried Lampas before; served grilled with garlic and butter, then take a lemon and squeeze over it. Usually, you can find them in starters, but once I ate a few plates of them for dinner, so much tasty they are! A better taste with traditional bread – Bolo de Caco. It is typical for Madeira island and has rounded edges and a flattened form. Caco came from the cooking process – prepared on special hot coals named caco.

Traditional Lampas dish
Traditional Lampas dish

During my adventure, I made a rule – look for the place where locals eat. It always works! You will find better prices, better service, and a real taste of the country. Sometimes such sites have no social media accounts, and you can not read references on Trip Advisor; all they have is tasty food.

Want to try fresh mussels?
Want to try fresh mussels?

Madeira was the best destination on my trip. I fell in love with nature, weather, landscape, air, plants, food, and even with long tunnels! You can come here and discover it every time from different angles and find out new spots. This place is inspiring, and I am sure that everyone can find something special on Madeira island. Wish you to come and feel it on your own experience!

Ribeira da Janela beach
Ribeira da Janela beach

Hope you enjoyed and have changed your must-visit list already. See you soon!

– Romanna

Romanna’s trip to eight cities (five islands) in Europe cost a total of $815 (flights only).  To build your own cheap multicity itinerary, visit SkySurf.Travel.

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Top 5 Things to Do in Madeira Island

This is a series of blog entries from SkySurf.Travel’s first travel hiree, Romanna.

Greetings from the island of endless spring! Madeira Island is a place for true nature lovers where you can stay for a month and discover something new every day. You cannot be bored when there are so many unique places, caves, waterfalls, forests, and mountains around.

Banana plantation near Faja Dos Padres
Banana plantation near Faja Dos Padres

Nevertheless, I am going to tell you about the best activities!

1. Visit Funchal City

Funchal is the capital of the Madeira Islands. It is a small city surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. All the monuments and places of interest from the tourist guides can be found in the historical part of the city. The first and foremost attraction is the Cable Car which takes you to the top of mountain Monte. The trip duration is 10 minutes, so you will have enough time to see all of the city, enjoy the view, and find out more places of interest. At the top, there is a palace and tropical garden with a unique plant collection from around the world.
One way Cable Car ticket costs 11 euros.
Entrance to the garden – 10 euros.

Interesting fact – The Cable Car works 364 days per year except for Christmas, but during my visit it was closed!

Let’s move forward. Do you like passion fruit?

Mercado Dos Lavradores - Famous Market in Funchal
Mercado Dos Lavradores – Famous Market in Funchal

If the answer is yes, that means I found the best place for you!

Mercado Dos Lavradores used to be a food market for locals, but now it’s one of the biggest tourists attractions. There are grocery, flower, and fish sections inside the market. Here you can find fruits you’ve never tried before. More than five types of passion fruits!

Different types of passion fruits in Mercado Dos Lavradores
Different types of passion fruits in Mercado Dos Lavradores

Different types of passion fruits in Mercado Dos Lavradores
Different types of passion fruits in Mercado Dos Lavradores

English tomato – a hybrid of tomato and passion fruit with a sweet taste of banana passion fruit, passion fruit pineapple, lemon passion fruit, and other flavors. Here you can also see anona – custard apple, cactus figs, and delicious fruit – it is a real name for monstera fruit!

Here you can take a spoon and try all the fruits you see around! But I do not recommend you to buy fruits on Mercado Dos Lavradores Market. Prices are far above market value. For example, most of the fruits cost more than 20 euros per kilo, while in the supermarket it will be around 10 euros.

Few words about the flowers. I am the biggest fan of the protea flower, and this place was awe-inspiring for me – I have never seen so many of them in one spot! Due to climate, Madeira has excellent growing conditions for proteas and other exotic flowers as Strelitzia and Leucospermum.

Flower section in Mercado Dos Lavradores. Take a look on the colorful uniform of the saleswoman
Flower section in Mercado Dos Lavradores. Take a look at the colorful uniform of the saleswoman

Do not miss a chance to walk through Santa Maria street. A tiny pedestrian street with lots of restaurants and shops. The main attraction is doors – all of them are painted with bright graffiti by different artists.

2. Watch the Sunrise on the Pico Arieiro

Sunrise on Pico Arieiro viewpoint
Sunrise on Pico Arieiro viewpoint

Pico Arieiro is the third highest peak of Madeira Island. If you want to enjoy the sunrise, you need to wake up early. The way from Funchal takes 40 minutes to get there by car + 10 minutes of walking to the viewport. You can be sure – it is worth it – 100 percent! If you have free time and lots of energy – walk to the highest peak Pico Ruivo (1,862m above sea level). Choose one of two walking passes and enjoy nature! One-way takes about 3 hours, and if you choose the round-trip, it will take 6-7 hours to cover the 12 km route.

3. Ponta De Sao Lorenzo One-Day Walk

Ponta De Sao Lorenzo view from a plane window
Ponta De Sao Lorenzo view from a plane window

The easternmost point of the island will be your last memory of Madeira – you will see it during your flight! But before taking the plane, I advise you to come for one day. After a 12 km walk, you won’t have enough energy and desire to go anywhere else. So, choose the day and make your way to the nature reserve. It used to be closed for tourists some years ago, but now you can easily take a walk through the Martian landscape.

The easternmost point of the Madeira island
The easternmost point of the Madeira island

Seems like another planet!

4. Drink Traditional Cocktails in a Bar for Locals

Traditional Nikita cocktail
Traditional Nikita cocktail

The best way to understand the culture is to find a place where locals spend time after work. On Madeira Island, there are many bars for football fans. Maybe the reason is the fact Cristiano Ronaldo was born in Madeira. I am not sure, but locals are addicted to this sport!

So, meet some locals, choose a small bar, and drink the traditional cocktail.
There are two types: the more strong Poncha, and the lighter one Nikita.
Poncha is made from rum, lemon and orange juice, and honey. Too sweet and too strong as for me.

Nikita – really strange milkshake cocktail which was named after a song of Elton John. Ingredients sound crazy – pineapple juice, vanilla ice cream, beer, white wine, and a slice of pineapple. Believe me; it tastes better than anything you can imagine!

5. Swim in the Natural Pools of Porto Moniz

Madeira is not the best choice for a beach vacation. Nevertheless, you can find some unique places to swim in the ocean. Pools are made by lava so you can see black lava rocks around.

Natural lava pools Piscinas Naturais
Natural lava pools Piscinas Naturais

This place is named Piscinas Naturais. Entrance fee is 1.50 euros. There is a snack bar on the territory, lockers, shower, and toilets – everything you need during your stay. This place is open till 7 pm, and after they close, you can enter free. When closed, you can swim and watch the sunset almost alone! All tourists interested in sunbathing leave this place quickly, so you have a chance to spend the evening in silent beauty.

There are more places to see in Madeira, so keep in touch.
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– Romanna

Romanna’s trip to eight cities (five islands) in Europe cost a total of $815 (flights only).  To build your own cheap multicity itinerary, visit SkySurf.Travel.

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Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean – Madeira Island

This is a series of blog entries from SkySurf.Travel’s first travel hiree, Romanna.

What does the word nature mean for you? Mountains? Beaches? Forests, waterfalls or fields of flowers?

Imagine you can find all this in one place. This is Madeira island!

Madeira landscape
Madeira landscape

Once I was told Madeira is a resort for older people. What a mistake! You should know that it is the fourth year Madeira is Europe’s leading island destination. Despite this high appraisal, don’t be afraid of thousands of tourists. The island has lots of places where you can find yourself face to face with raw nature.

So let me tell you about the fifth destination of my adventure.

Why Madeira

Madeira is an archipelago of four islands. Two of them are inhabited – Madeira island is the biggest and Porto Santo. You should know it is a Portuguese island, discovered in 1418.

Punta Sao Lorenzo - the easternmost point of the Madeira island
Punta Sao Lorenzo – the easternmost point of the Madeira island

The best time to visit Madeira is from April to October. But the weather is beautiful all the time thanks to the Gulf Stream. It is never too hot and too cold here. Sounds incredible – 18-24 degrees Celcius 365 days per year. Lots of tourists come here for a retreat. But you will never see them – they stay at the hotels and never go out. It is the best place to discover nature and trekking — hundreds walk for physical education and all preferences.

How to get to Madeira

Located in the Atlantic Ocean near Morocco (500 km) is Madeira. Despite the long-distance from continental Portugal (more than 1,000 km), the easiest way to get there is to take a plane from Lisbon. There are also direct flights from different European cities, and you can easily find a ticket from 50 euros one way at https://skysurf.travel.

airport of Madeira
airport of Madeira

Transport

The word “Madeira” means forest. Madeira used to be covered by subtropical forests many years ago. But after being discovered, people burned most of it for agriculture, buildings, and roads.

Walking through the Madiera forest
Walking through the Madiera forest

It is a tiny island, 57 km long and 22 km wide. But if you want to see at least something you need to use transport. There are some options – you can rent a car, use public transportation, or a taxi.

Public transportation

First of all, after arriving at the airport, you need to catch a bus to the city center of Funchal. Tickets cost 5 euros, but you can buy a round trip ticket per 8 euros. This bus does a circle in Funchal around all the most critical places and hotels.

Except for the airport bus, there are four companies which do bus transfers in Funchal city all over the island. The price depends on the company and distance. It is not so easy to discover the island by public transportation. There are no itineraries or timetables on all of the bus stops, so you need to use the internet and always have a plan B on how to get to your next destination.

Cable car

Faja Dos Padres Cable Car
Faja Dos Padres Cable Car

On Madeira Island, there are five cable cars. Some of them are for tourists, and some for farmers – to transport grain. Usually, they are expensive, for example, Faja Dos Padres cable car costs 10 euros round-trip, and Funchal – Monte cable car costs 16 euros round-trip. Sometimes you have no other option to get to the destination, but in certain situations, I think it is not worth it.

Car rental

One of the most comfortable ways to travel around Madeira is to rent a car. You can find popular European rentals and some local services. Usually, the second option is much cheaper (from 24 euros per day), and they don’t ask for a deposit on your credit card.

Tourist transport

There are two hop on-off buses in Funchal. Their routs are almost the same, so if you are interested in a quick excursion and don’t have a car, this is the best decision. The Yellow Bus ticket costs 15 euros (13.50 euros if you buy online here https://www.yellowbustours.com/en-GB/Madeira/Circuits/Funchal-Tour.aspx )
City Sightseeing ticket costs 19 euros (buy online here https://city-sightseeing.com/en/78/funchal/84/hop-on-hop-off-funchal).

Where to stay

As Europe’s leading island destination, Madeira has lots of hotels near the seaside. They are great for a relaxing vacation, but if you are going to discover nature, I advise you to find something else. Firstly, you don’t need to stay at an expensive hotel. Secondly, they are located in a specific area far from all interesting places.

Funchal old city area
Funchal old city area

If you are going to use public transportation, the best place to live is in the city center of Funchal. Right there you can find buses to get to different destinations of the island. Otherwise, you will need to wait and catch at least one more bus.

There are plenty of hostels, but if you are traveling with one more person, you can easily find apartments on Airbnb or Booking.com with your private bathroom, kitchen, etc. for the same price.

Are you a solo traveler? Try Couchsurfing! During my visit to Madeira island, I stayed with two hosts. Both of them were super friendly and told me lots of interesting facts about the island. I think I am lucky – all people whom I met in my adventure were so nice to me! For example, our first host – a local Portuguese man Nuno. He works in the airport and does paragliding in his free time. He showed his favorite bar to my friend and me and taught us how to drink local cocktails Poncha and Nikita. It is a unique experience!

Blue hour on the north part of Madeira island
Blue hour on the north part of Madeira island

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– Romanna

Romanna’s trip to eight cities (five islands) in Europe cost a total of $815 (flights only).  To build your own cheap multicity itinerary, visit SkySurf.Travel.

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Places In Italy You Should Visit At Least Once In Your Life

Italy is one of the most popular places in the world. With dozens of amazing looking sites, picking the usual “must-visit” would be kind of complicated, primarily because of the primary dualism related to old architectures and beautiful natural sceneries. With this being said, there are some places which, independently from someone’s tastes, should be seen at least once. Let’s analyse them in detail.

Rome

The Eternal City has been a lot of people’s favourite destination for decades. Mainly because of architectonic masterpieces like the Colosseum or the Pantheon, Rome is the perfect destination for anyone who’s looking for an intimate, historic place that could also bring to the table (literally!) great food and overall amazing experience. The best picks in regards to what you should see in Rome are definitely the Vatican museums (although quite expensive) and the entire area surrounding the Ara Pacis.

Milan
If you’re a “city” type, metropolitan person, but still looking for that classic Italian experience, Milan could be a great shot for you. Especially if you’re visiting the city during bubbly events such as the fashion week, what’s known as Italy’s artistic powerhouse will satisfy (almost) every taste. Don’t forget that the city also offers a vast variety of architectonic beauties, starting from the Duomo, which is still one of the brightest examples of gothic architecture.

Venice

When visiting Italy, you want to experience those magical places which you’ve seen in a lot (and that’s A LOT) of romantic movies, and Venice is definitely one of the biggest ones in regards to this matter. Venice is a beautiful place but it could be extremely dangerous… for your pocket. That’s right, the Italian city is well renowned in the world for being extremely expensive, so watch out for it!

Sicily and Sardinia

Whilst it’s not a specific destination, there are far too many beautiful sceneries to visit in the two main islands of Italy. Specifically, if you’re visiting during summer, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful seasides and water so crystal clear that will be enough for you to apply for an Italian residency program.

Naples

The main thing for which Italy is famous worldwide is food. Then why don’t stop for a couple of hours in the city where Pizza was invented? There are plenty of restaurant deals there, another reason to visit! Naples is also great for its beautiful seaside, which is connected to “Hollywood famous” locations such as Sorrento. Naples is, unfortunately, renowned worldwide for its high crime rate, especially for tourists, so keep your eyes open and pockets closed if you decide to visit!

Rimini and Riccione

If you’re looking forward to a party holiday, then these two cities, located on the eastern side of Italy, are definitely your go-to destination. With famous clubs such as Peter Pan and “The Imperial Bay,” these two cities are extremely close and easily reachable with the insane volume of buses that are constantly travelling between the two. One more reason to go there and party hard!

Gallipoli

Speaking of party places and amazing seasides, Gallipoli, located in Apulia, has been described as “the Italian Ibiza” for its remembrance to the Spanish Island. The island is relatively easy to reach from Bari’s airport but, similar to Naples, given the massive influx of tourists every year, it has become known for its high crime rate.

Turin

Looking for the classic City experience in Italy but in a more intimate setup? Then Turin could be the best decision for both your summer holiday but as well for your winter escape. Plus if you’re a football fanatic, as the city hosts two very successful football teams, Juventus and Turin FC!

Florence

If you’re a museum fan and if you love art and architecture, then Florence could be the best choice for you. The Uffizi, for example, are famous worldwide and are currently displaying 35% (yes, 35%!) of the entire world’s art. On top of this, Florence offers a vast variety of gourmet food, starting from their famous “Fiorentina”, a massive steak served on a bed of fries, yum!

Italy has got a vast variety of places which will satisfy both the one who’s looking for art and culture and the ones who are just willing to chill or party hard. Italy is an easily accessible city from most European cities and if you are wanting to visit more than one destination during your visit, be sure to check out our latest deals for multi-city trips.

The article has been contributed by our guest writer, Natalie.

Life on Azores

This is a series of blog entries from SkySurf.Travel’s first travel hiree, Romanna.

Lagoa do Fogo
Lagoa do Fogo

“Are you kidding? I want to spend my life on this island; I’m in love with it!” That was Joao’s answer. He was born on San Miguel island and lived here all his life – 25 years. I was wondering whether he ever thought to move somewhere else. Usually, young people are trying to find a better life in big and crowded cities. But he doesn’t.

We came to the beach with friends early in the morning. There was a strong wind blowing from the ocean, and waves crushed cliffs so loud every few seconds. This view and sound were wild — pure nature beauty without any human impact.

“You see? How can I move from this place? Just imagine, I can see and hear this every day. And every day I’m impressed with it.” I understood him now 100 percent. To tell you the truth, I was jealous. Isn’t it a dream life?

Ponta Delgada city.

More and more people discover the Azores every year. Even though the amount of travelers is growing, it is still not a well-known destination. Locals have their routine, and it is not much affected by tourism. At least I had such a feeling.

Park in a city center of Ponta Delgada
Park in a city center of Ponta Delgada

So let me tell you about the capital city, Ponta Delgada, located near the ocean. There is a comfy airport near the city – you don’t need to spend too much money to get to your accommodation. I was in a good mood that day and made it on foot. Anyway, you can catch a taxi, and it will cost you 10-20 euros (in Ponta Delgada).

I can’t say there was something incredible there. But I am sure that you need to walk through this city at least for a few hours. It seems like anything I saw before. Some areas are full of colored one-floor houses; in others, there are black and white, three-floor buildings. Quiet and tiny streets seem inhabited in the evening.

Lots of buildings in Ponta Delgada are black and white
Lots of buildings in Ponta Delgada are black and white

I am sure there should be some fancy places, but I had not seen one. We found a few places where locals eat. Lovely budget cafes where you can get some meat or fish, French fries or rice, salad, coffee + one more drink just for 6.5 euros! Also every day we used to cook by ourselves. For example, the cost of products including wine, seafood or meat, and fresh vegetables was 20 euros for three people, isn’t it nice?

There are three-night clubs on San Miguel island. Locals say that two of them are not worth visiting. Usually, young people gather in one of them on weekend nights. But during my visit, the San Joao celebration was held, and I was told that all the people on the island would gather in one place. Even though I was expecting something boring from the religious celebration, it surprised me!

Live music festival on San Miguel Island
Live music festival on San Miguel Island

I couldn’t imagine so many people are on the island. There was some music festival with Portuguese popular bands and DJs. I never heard of any of them. But when all those people were singing songs, that was so incredible! I think that experience was much better than a night spent in a club. Entrance for one day cost 5 euros. 2 days – 10 euros.

What else to see on San Miguel

There is no industrial production here and no fish exporting. So I wondered – what do they do here? Local people develop agriculture and livestock.

Pineapple plantation sign
Pineapple plantation sign

You will be astonished by the fact the most famous fruit on the Azores is pineapple. I found it strange at first because the climate is too cold for them. For many years one family is an owner of pineapple plantations where they grow in the greenhouses.

Pineapple greenhouses
Pineapple greenhouses

Did you know that pineapples need two years to grow?

There are a few greenhouses that you can enter free. There you can see how they grow. From 1-3 months until ready to eat.

Entrance to the third phase pineapple greenhouse
Entrance to the third phase pineapple greenhouse

Interesting fact Azorean pineapples are much smaller than the usual ones. Their core is edible and has a rich aroma. For example, if you will leave the fruit in a room for a few hours, it will fill the room with its smell.

Pineapples growing on a greenhouse
Pineapples growing on a greenhouse

Another place worth visiting – tea plantations.

Tea plantation
Tea plantation

In the 19th century, the Azores were producing 250 tones of tea per year, but now there are only tea plantations on San Miguel.

Tea factory
Tea factory

The same as with pineapples, this is a family business, and now the fifth generation is taking care of it. Except for plantations you can visit a tea fabric, see how everything works, and try the tea. It is named Cha Gorreana, and it was established in 1883. Exported are the most significant parts of the harvest; to continental Portugal and other countries.

Tea factory equipment
Tea factory equipment

Discovering the island, you can find lots of cows. But you need to know that on Terceira island there are more cows than people! Because of the climate in Azores cattle spend all-time outdoor eating fresh grass – this is one of the main rules of the “Happy Cow” program. Local dairy products are one of the best in the world because of the highest standards. Locals make sure the cows are happy – they have perfect fields with grass and fresh ocean air 365 days per year.

Happy Azorean cows - Moo!
Happy Azorean cows – Moo!

Raging fumaroles, boiling water, dust and a smell of sulfur; Feels like you found yourself in Iceland! This place is a complex of geothermal springs near Lagoa das Furnas and Furnas village. Entrance fee – 2 euro.

complex of geothermal springs near Lagoa das Furnas
a complex of geothermal springs near Lagoa das Furnas

It seems better to avoid this place. Nevertheless, locals found to benefit from it. Vat das Furnas is famous for its Cozido das Furnas dish. A vat with meat and vegetables is buried under the ground over hot springs for 6 hours; This is how it’s prepared in a “natural oven.” After the vat is rigged up and transferred to the restaurant where you can try it.

Place where Cozido das Furnas dish is prepared under the ground
Place where Cozido das Furnas dish is prepared under the ground

This is life on the Azores!
Hope you enjoyed my story.

See you soon!

– Romanna

Romanna’s trip to eight cities (five islands) in Europe cost a total of $815 (flights only).  To build your own cheap multicity itinerary, visit SkySurf.Travel.

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To See Everything in Two Days – the Fast Itinerary of the Azores

This is a series of blog entries from SkySurf.Travel’s first travel hiree, Romanna.

How to travel in San Miguel island without a car? On the first day, I realized that it would be difficult. However, I found the optimal solution that saved my visit.

Walking trail near Lagoa das Empadadas
Walking trail near Lagoa das Empadadas

The Yellow Bus Sightseeing goes from the city of Ponta Delgada every day except on Monday. There are two ring routes for one day. I already wrote earlier that you could buy a one-day pass for 18 euros, and a two-day pass for 22 euros. Every day the route changes, so in two days you can see most of the natural attractions of the island.

Of course, you need to understand that sightseeing in the Azores is mostly by walking. Do not forget to bring trekking shoes or at least comfortable ones, as you will have to be on foot all day long. Do not worry about the wild nature – there are no dangerous and poisonous animals on the island, so feel free to go on a trip!

Day 1

The route starts in the center of Ponta Delgada; there are two stops where you can catch a bus. They depart every hour, which is very convenient.

First stop is Ribeira Grande, a small cozy town where we quickly walked and decided to have breakfast and gain strength for a long day.

streets of Ribeira Grande
streets of Ribeira Grande

The second stop is Salto do Cabrito. From the bus stop, you need to walk for 20 minutes to get to the waterfall. There is also a walking trail for 3 hours, but we were worried about not having time to see all the sights for that day. That is why we decided to be limited to only a waterfall.

Salto do Cabrito waterfall
Salto do Cabrito waterfall

The third stop is Caldeira Velha. Do not forget to take a swimsuit – it is a park with thermal springs. Entrance fee – 5 euros for a walk, and 8 euros if you want to swim in the thermal pools. The ticket is valid for two hours, and after that, you need to leave the park. On the territory, there are three pools, and each has varying temperatures – from warm to hot. Surprisingly, there are a lot of people here. We returned to the park twice. We hoped that during the rain there would be fewer tourists in the pools.

Thermal pool in Caldeira Velha
Thermal pool in Caldeira Velha

But we were wrong! Even during the rain, dozens of people enjoyed the warm water in the springs. Upon request, you will receive a key for the locker where you can leave your belongings, and then rest easy.

Extremely hot spring, forbidden to swim here - the water is boiling!
Extremely hot spring, forbidden to swim here – the water is boiling!

Fourth stop – Lagoa do Fogo

In Portuguese, the word “Lagoa” means the lake. Interestingly, Fogo means fire, although I would call this place “foggy one” – most often clouds gather over it and the fog thickens. I advise you not to get upset if you come and see nothing. Throughout the territory of the Azores, where the weather changes quickly, the fog can dispel within 15 minutes.

Lagoa do Fogo
Lagoa do Fogo

Located in the central part of the island is the lake. The bus stops here for 10 minutes; you can take a few photos and go farther, or you can stay and wait for the next flight in an hour. There are several hiking trails – one leads down to the lake, and the second one – upwards, where it offers a great view.

The last stop of the route is the observation deck Lagoa do Fogo. The view is almost the same, only from a higher height. On this stop, the first-day route ends. The bus takes you to the Ponta Delgada city, where the itinerary started in the morning.

Day 2

The route starts at the same point in the center of Ponta Delgada but then changes its direction.

Lagoa das Empadadas
Lagoa das Empadadas

First stop is Lagoa das Empadadas. There are two lakes along the trekking route. Honestly, they did not impress me much. But a walk through the forest that leads to the lake was spectacular. I even was jealous of the people who rode the quad bikes there; it is a very convenient way to travel the area.

Forest near Lagoa das Empadadas
Forest near Lagoa das Empadadas

The second stop is Lagoa do Canario. It was funny because when we first came to this stop, we did not know where to go and spent an hour at the not so beautiful lake. As it turned out, we needed to continue our journey in a completely different direction. Half an hour on foot and here we come to the most famous place on the island!

Walking trail to Sete Cidades observation deck
Walking trail to Sete Cidades observation deck

Here you can see three lakes – Lagoa Verde, Azul, and Santiago. Interestingly, the water is of different colors – green and blue. We spent more than three hours there, and it was impossible to stop staring at such beauty!

Now you understand why locals call San Miguel - the Green Island
Now you understand why locals call San Miguel – the Green Island

The last stops are Vila das Sete Cidades and the observation deck. At these stops, you can go out if you want to walk around the city and have dinner. We were impressed with the intense day and were so tired that we decided to go home. Our host lives in the suburb of Ponta Delgada; we had to spend another hour to get to the place where we were staying.

Yellow Bus stop
Yellow Bus stop

So in just two days, we saw the main attractions of the island of San Miguel, considering that public transportation was our only way of getting around; I think we did the maximum possible.

But that is not all! I will tell you about other exciting places and life on the island in the next article. See you!

– Romanna

Romanna’s trip to eight cities (five islands) in Europe cost a total of $815 (flights only).  To build your own cheap multicity itinerary, visit SkySurf.Travel.

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