Experience Prague

Author: Linda Williams (Page 1 of 2)

Sponsored post: Prague Serviced Apartments

Millions of business travellers visit Prague, the thriving business capital of Europe, across the year and a steadily growing fraction of them are wise enough to opt for serviced apartments over hotels. HowDoIGo services these discerning travellers with a select collection of serviced apartments across Prague close to CBDs such as Canary Wharf, Prague City and Croydon.

Ranging from studio and one-bedroom apartments to two-bedroom apartments and penthouses, our Prague serviced apartments present an excellent alternative to cramped hotel rooms with thin walls and impersonal services – at the fraction of the hotel cost. At House of HowDoIGo, we offer:

  • High-quality serviced apartments in several locations across Prague including Canary Wharf and Central Prague
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  • Complete online booking solutions for all our serviced apartments
  • Consolidated corporate billing account for all stays

Worldwide Locations : Serviced Apartments

Excellent services and a satisfied clientele have been major ‘stepping stones’ for HowDoIGo’s ascent from a Prague serviced apartment provider to Europe’s favourite serviced apartment provider.

Our mission to provide high-quality accommodations at affordable costs for discerning travellers visiting Prague soon became a passion and we set our targets to provide the same HowDoIGo services across Europe. Our endeavours resulted in expansion of HowDoIGo services to flourishing business hubs such as Reading and Croydon in the United Kingdom and Paris.

Across the seas, HowDoIGo services discerning travellers with serviced apartments in New York, Singapore and New Delhi.

All our serviced apartments are strategically located in well-established neighbourhoods close to major business districts, shops and restaurants. Great public transport links enable exploration of the city at will making these serviced apartments perfect accommodation options for leisure travellers as well.

Plan a Road Trip with a Baby

If you will be traveling on a road trip with a baby, especially a newborn, much more planning is needed than even with older babies and toddlers. You should also plan for a much longer travel time. Here are key tips for a road trip with a baby:

Make plans to stop, and stop often. Also, don’t shortchange things when you do stop in a rush to get back on the road, or you’ll get burned by needing to stop again within the hour. Get a lot of bang for the buck, and allow a good 20 minutes at each stop to change diapers, feed, cuddle, stretch, and generally do anything you might conceivably need to do at a stop.

Be ready for anything. On the road, babies have a way of doing the unexpected. You could have a blow-out in the car seat, or a spit-up incident during a diaper change. Be ready with first-aid kits, extra cloths to cover wiped-down but still wet spots, trash bags, spare clothes and any sort of cleaning supply you might need on the go.
Drive around naptimes. Babies love to sleep in the car. For parents, this is an advantage in the road trip realm as long as you plan properly. Leave before dawn or right before naptimes to get the maximum benefits.

Cheap airport wheelchairs

Institutional chairs for short-term transport actually have vastly different needs than those meant to help a person live her daily life as independently as possible. Airport wheelchairs should be designed to facilitate ease of access and use by their operators, who, for safety reasons, are almost never the people riding in them. They also need to take up a minimum of space and be resistant to theft.

Standard wheelchairs are designed to be folded up and put in the back of a car or a trunk so that the user may easily transport it from place to place. An airport wheelchair should not have these features. Even a very cheap wheelchair costs upwards of $100. If only one a day vanishes into thin air at any given locale, the costs add up.

Because of the high theft rate, airport wheelchairs are generally the cheapest available. Unfortunately, this means that those that aren’t stolen wear out quite rapidly due to transporting passengers miles and miles every day. The solution to this is a chair that costs more at the outset, which has features that pay for themselves more quickly than anyone might guess. Imagine a nestable chair. Just like the luggage carriers, not taking up much more space and is easily secured and easily located.

Imagine too that this chair is sturdy and has a number of features that allow for easy transport of the passenger. However, while the nesting allows for conservation of space, it is so constructed that it cannot be folded up and put in a trunk or transported by its occupant. What you are imagining is a chair that can last ten years without being replaced, rather than one, or less.

Airport Wheelchair Convenience

For those with mobility issues, the need for an airport wheelchair is even more pressing. There is no arguing the fact that many of the millions of people passing through airports on a daily basis need some assistance with their mobility. Who, facing a walk through three different terminals at O’Hare, hasn’t wished that all the floors were made up of those mobile strips or that they had someone to push them?

The problem is that with the current standard wheelchair model, this growing need is growing harder to meet. Being obese, arthritic, or spraining an ankle the day before a long-booked trip, doesn’t stop people from needing to travel quickly from one part of the country or the world to another.

Having chairs that wear out rapidly under the kind of use transport chairs receive, or are stolen because they are designed to be conveniently transported by car and/or their occupant, doesn’t eliminate the need of airports to have sufficient airport wheelchairs or the obligation of getting people to the gate on time.

It has only recently been noticed that, while wheelchairs are a boon to those whom need them, more than one type of chair needs to exist. This is not to ignore all the various advances and customizations that have been made to improve the quality of life of those who need them.

But everyone of those chairs, from racing vehicles to ones that can be steered with the breath or that allow the operator to talk by choosing letters through the movement of her eyebrows, are all a single type of chair. They are wheelchairs designed for personal use.

Few Travel Tips on a Good Night Sleep

Having a good, refreshing night sleep is very important for those that travel a lot. It may not seem like a big thing, but business persons that are always traveling are often complaining about not being able to sleep enough because of their neighbors or because of the hotel staff. Here are some tips on how to make sure you will have the chance to get a good sleep overnight in order to be completely fresh for that morning meeting! The first important travel tip is choosing the right hotel room. Make sure your room is not placed near an elevator or near the ice machine. It may not seem to be a big deal, but feeling the elevator’s vibration all night long will not help you sleep after a long tiring day of travel.

Neither will help you sleep the sound of the hotels’ ice machine used by all the other persons on your floor. And, most important, always ask at the hotel’s reception if your room is placed near the disco club. Make sure you put at least 3 floors between your sleep and the hotel’s disco! Another travel tip is to check if your hotel room has a Do Not Disturb sign. If it doesn’t, ask the reception to give you one, or even make one yourself. Otherwise, the hotels’ cleaning staff will wake you up for the usual changing the towels operation.

And this is extremely annoying, especially when you are about to start another long day of travel. In case there is a party carried out next door, don’t bother to complain to the hotels’ receptions staff. All they can do is to send the hotel security to ask the party animals to keep it down. Therefore you should ask the front desk staff to give you another room. Insist if they claim there are no more rooms.

Do the same thing if there is a couple next door training for the world sex Olympics. And, early in the morning, before leaving the hotel, you can have your own little revenge by calling the loud room. They will be most likely sleeping! And, a final piece of travel advice: always pack a pair of earplugs whenever sleep over night in hotels. They will stop you from hearing all the disturbing noises any hotels may be dealing with. Enjoy a good night sleep on your travels.

Transfer from the Airport

Which gives you a quick and easy way to get to Prague Airport (Prague Václav Havel Airport). Avoid the waiting and hassle of public transport, or the risk of being overloaded by local reliable taxis. Our airport transfer service is a convenient, reliable and cost effective way for you and your luggage to get between the airport and your destination.

How to book?
Thanks to our on-line booking service, it could not be simpler. If you prefer, you can also make a reservation by phone. We accept cash or credit card, and we offer a money back guarantee. And, once you have filled in the booking form, we will give you immediate confirmation of your reservation. See our rates on our price page.

If you wish to book an airport transfer you simply fill out the form or call us. You can pay on arrival directly to our driver in cash, by credit card or online (advance payment). Unlike public transport, we operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can get to or from the airport whenever you like. If your arrival in Prague will be in 1 hour or if you prefer to speak to one of our agents, please call to fill opposite in the booking form. If you do not want to book a transfer from the airport directly, you can call us when you arrive at Prague airport on our phone number.

Early arrival, delayed flights? No problem! We adapt!
All our drivers speak English and know their way around Prague. You will have no problems communicating with your driver or reaching your destination. All our vehicles are new and air-conditioned, allowing maximum comfort while you are traveling. We will also give you a card, free wifi hotspot in each car to connect to the world, free soft water.

Arrival at the airport
After passing the customs and baggage claim area, passengers will be greeted by our taxi driver who will hold a card with your name imprinted on it. We will wait for you no matter what, even if your flight is delayed.

Advantages of pre – booking
Our private airport transfer will offer you the comfort of knowing that when you arrive at Prague airport our driver will wait for you and your luggage to take you to your destination without any hassle with guaranteed savings of up to 50% compared to regular taxis.

What is Customer Service Like in Prague and Other Czech Cities

Do you know what you should expect from employees in the Czech customer service industry, regardless of it being in Prague or any other city in the Czech Republic? The answer is very simple. Not much. It’s almost like plying Hide and Seek. Once in a while you will run into someone who may be pleasant and smiling while waiting on you. If and when you do, I highly recommend that you cherish those moments as they don’t come very often. Read my post about an absolutely delightful dining experience. Most of the time you will run into someone with that typical “sour face”, who will look bored and annoyed by your existence and who will make you wonder why you even bother spending your own money at their establishment.


I went to a TMobil store in Ostrava (Ostrava is about 3 hours from Prague) to find out how to disable one Internet feature from my phone. I walk in, the place is empty. I say Hello to a customer service representative sitting at the counter reading. He looks up, says Hello back to me and then asks me how he can help me. He looks back down while I am explaining my problem to him. Rude!  When I am done, he looks up again, hands me a TMobil brochure and says that everything I am asking about is explained in it. Hmmm, I pause, think, let my blood boil a bit and then proceed. “Thank you. That solution doesn’t really work for me!” I am a little bit more forceful the second time around and I point out to him that I didn’t just drive all this way to get a brochure. After repeating my problem to the rep again, he grabs my phone and types a text message to some special TMobil service number located in the brochure (and yes, he did make it very clear to me that this number was in the brochure). A few seconds later I get a text message from TMobil advising me that the Internet feature I was inquiring about has been disabled. I look at the rep, he looks at me with this smirk on his face. I could read the subtitles above his head… see dummy, just like I told you, just like it is described in the B-R-O-CH-U-R-E. I didn’t even dare asking him for additional help. I wanted to purchase a better, more expensive TMobil plan that would fit my needs. I actually wanted to spend more money at his store! Unfortunately I had a feeling that the direction I would get would sound something like this: ” It’s in the brochure!”. Defeated, I collected my belongings and my money and left the store. Now I have to spend more time driving around searching for another store that will offer advice and accept my money in return for a pleasant and customer friendly service. My TMobil hide and seek game has officially begun.


The weather was absolutely beautiful. My family and I decided to enjoy our Sunday lunch in a restaurant in the mountains near a beautiful new golf resort called Celadna. We have visited this restaurant several times in the past. The food is delicious, the wait staff including the restaurant manager have always been absolutely outstanding – smiling, welcoming, attentive to our individual needs, finding ways to keep my 4 year old nephew entertained. If you take all that and combine it with the breathtaking view of the mountains, you can only describe the experience as priceless. Our last visit was a little bit different though. My sister ordered a pasta dish with shrimp that had no flavor. When our waiter came by to ask how everything was, we did mention to him that her dish was lacking flavor. The waiter shrug his shoulders and told my sister that she must have made a bad decision ordering the food, that the food just didn’t work for her. Really?? Since we were hungry, we decided to tackle this problem with some humor and positive approach. We asked the waiter for additional spice and butter. When he brought it over, we mixed it all together and added it to the penne pasta. And you know what? It actually turned into something quite delicious! The waiter watched us following the entire cooking process. He seemed to quite enjoy the fact that we were so resourceful. I am not sure what the other customers thought though… When I asked the waiter if it was a common practice to serve food that customers have to finish cooking at their table, he quickly replied: “Well, at least they will like what they eat!”. So, there you have it! You don’t like your food? Don’t worry! Ask for some ingredients and cook it yourself, at your table. Don’t expect an apology. The phrase “I am sorry” may not exist in the Czech customer service dictionary. By the way, didn’t Kramer have the same idea in one of the episodes of Seinfeld?

One really has to make the best of poor customer service in Prague or any other Czech city as the concept of western hospitality has not yet arrived or been introduced to most of the industry. Humor and low expectations may be our best defense for now until things start to improve. How can they improve? More competition and more consumer knowledge. The more we grow the private sector and the more consumers learn to value their money and precious time the quicker we wead out those that have no business being in the customer service industry.  Consumers have to become more educated about how they should be treated and that it is OK to speak up when their expectations are not met. Business owners have to learn to value their customers and appreciate their business. After all, it is the customer who pays their bills. It is the customer’s word-of-mouth that drives repeat business.


My plea…let’s continue raising the bar pointing out these simple and basic rules of good customer service to everyone out there hoping that it will bring some well needed and deserved change.

Save Money On Your Cell Phone Calls When In Prague

Have you ever found yourself feeling embarrassed when traveling overseas because you had to borrow other people’s phones? I certainly have! Every time I would go back to Prague, I’d have to borrow my sister’s phone so that I wouldn’t have to pay international roaming charges. Coming from a place where I was on Facebook, email, Internet and IM pretty much the entire day, I was feeling very disconnected and frankly, lost.

When I got my new HTC Sensation from T-Mobile, I was thrilled! I traveled back to Prague, turned my phone on and wuala! I was immediately connected to the local T-Mobil tower. My connection with the world worked like magic. I was Facebooking away every single day, posting pictures and stories about my visit in Prague and having a great time doing so. When I returned home, I opened my mail and found an invoice from T-Mobil for the amount of $1,500!!! You can only imagine the words that were coming out of my mouth! I called T-Mobil’s Customer Care immediately and pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges. Long story short, many long minutes on the phone with all kinds of T-Mobil Supervisors later, I won my case. I was found “not guilty” and T-Mobil dropped all the roaming charges. I am sure you are wondering how was that even possible? Well, a couple of years back, when you turned your phone on, you did not have to read and acknowledge a warning pop up explaining the roaming charges you were about to incur. It was T-Mobil’s the lack of transparency that got me out of that mess. I heard that I was not the only one dealing with this issue which propmpted T-Mobil to make some changes. Today, if you travel anywhere outside of your coverage area, you will recieved a pop up warning informing you about the roaming charges you are about to incur and it is your responsibility to either accept them or decline them and lose your coverage. I am glad this change has been implemented as I wouldn’t want anyne to experience what I had gone through. I will also add, that since T-Mobil took care of me and made me feel like a valued customer, I became a loyal customer and have been for almost 10 years now.

My experience made me much more aware of all the pop ups I receive from my provider. It also  forced me to do a research about how to best use my cell phone when I travel to Prague or anywhere else in the world.  I found some great information and I am happy to share it with you.

The solution is pre- paid SIM card. A prepaid SIM card for the Czech Republic with an international cell phone seems to be  the most convenient and economical solution.

  • No contract. No commitment.
  • Pre-paid service – you only spend what you paid for.
  • All incoming calls while in the Czech Republic are FREE.
  • Full transparency – rates for local and international outgoing calls and text messages are listed on the card.

The Czech SIM card, provided by O2/Eurotel, requires a SIM unlocked GSM 900 compatible international cell phone. You must call your provider to unlock your cell phone first and to check its compatibility. If your cell phone does not meet the criteria, you will be able to purchase a cheap phone once you get to Prague in the local T-Mobile – CZ stores. Some places even rent phones.

Unlocking your cell phone can be tricky as most providers don’t seem to be inclined to do so. Use your best negotiation skills and I am sure you will be successful! Remember to plan accordingly and give yourself plenty of time as the request to unlock your phone takes up to 14 days to process.

Once you know you are able to have your cell phone unlocked, find out if your provider offers a service suspension benefit to their subscribers (T-Mobil does for just $10). This is a great way to save money while you are away as your service is temporarily suspended and you don’t get a bill for that pay period . Instead, you will just pay the suspension fee. When I travel to Prague, I now save $100 on average just by taking advantage of this benefit.

Purchasing and swapping your SIM card when you arrive to Prague is very easy.

  • Purchase your new SIM card right at the airport in any newsstand kiosk.
  • Your new Czech phone number will be listed on the purchased Czech SIM card. The number will begin with +420
  • Remove your old SIM card and insert the Czech SIM card into your phone.
  • Turn on your cell phone.
  • Enter the PIN code listed on the SIM card.
  • Start calling.

Making calls is super easy!

  • Your friends and family will be able to reach you in Prague by dialing 011 followed by the country code 420 and then your new Czech number
  • To make outgoing calls to oversees, simply dial 00, followed by the country code and phone number.
  • Customer service for your Czech SIM card is available 24 hours by dialing 1188 directly from your phone.

Lastly, make sure you have a correct electricity adapter (220 Volts AC/50Hz)  packed for your trip to Prague! If you don’t have one, you can always buy one at the aiport or in Prague.

However, if you travel smart and plan in advance, you will get yours for a faction of the price at Accessory Geeks!


What to pack for Prague

When you are planning your trip to Prague or any other international destination and you are not an experienced traveler, you may feel uneasy about remembering all the ”little” things that if forgotten, can either make or break your trip. Czech out the packing guide below as it is a great tool that will take the stress of packing away from you.


1.Verify that you have all the pertinent documents allowing your entry to Prague – Visa/Passport/Government ID. Review the specific requirements based on your nationality in our Passport And Visa Requirements For Your Trip To Prague post.

2.Make copies of all your travel documents. Leave one copy at home and bring the second copy on your trip with you. Always carry your travel documents (Passport, Government ID, etc.) with you. Leave the second copy in your hotel room safe.

3. If you are planning to rent a car when in Prague, you must obtain an International Driver’s Licence prior to your trip. Check with a local Department Motor Vehicles for your specific information. If you have a Driver’s Licence issued in USA, any local AAA office will provide you with an international driver licence that will be recognized in Prague.

4. Check your travel itinerary and print all the pertinent confirmation numbers. This applies to your hotel, car and tour/excursion reservations in Prague.

5. Check Prague’s extended weather forecast. Based on the season, you may experience extremely cold or hot temperatures or a combination of both. FYI-rain is pretty much always in the forecast. Don’t forget an umbrella or a rain coat. You will do a lot of walking in Prague. Packing comfortable shoes is a MUST!



1.Log in to your airline’s website and verify the following:

  • Current Travel Information – for any weather related or other delays.
  • Baggage Allowance and Other Fees – read up on the size, weight and number of bags allowed free of charge; become familiar with the fees charged for any additional bags or weight.
  • Find out your airline’s required check-in time for international travel.
  • Find out what services are provided to travellers with children, travellers with disabilities and travellers with animals.

2. Check-in online is this options is offered by your airline. It will cut your time at the check-in counter in half.

3. Mark your checked baggage with something that you will easily recognize from a distance AND fill out your bag’s name tag with your current address. In addition, make sure that you remove medicine and any valuables such as your laptop, cell phone, PDA, important documents (i.e. Passport, Government ID), jewellery from your checked baggage and place it in your carry-on luggage.

4. Carry-on luggage requirements and regulations 

Only limited amount of liquids and gels can be packed in your carry-on luggage while observing the following strict regulations:

  • Containers with liquids and similar products may contain up to 3.4 ounces/100 millilitres.
  • All containers must be carried in a transparent resealable plastic bag.
  • Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, resealable, clear plastic bag.
  • The bag must be presented separately at the security check.
  • Medication and special food (i.e. baby food) must be presented to a TSA/Security Checkpoint agent for inspection.
  • Duty Free items are now allowed to be carried on board along with one carry-on luggage. They  must be kept in the sealed, transparent and tamper-proof bag with a receipt.

An example of TSA approved resealable plastic bag.

TSA approved resealable plastic bag dimensions

You can also visit the Transportation Security Administration(TSA) wesbite for more detailed information about the carry-on regulations when traveling from Prague to USA. You can visit Lufthansa’s website for the European Union (EU) requirements.


In case you are nervous about jet lag, food allergies or any other possible illnesses while on board an aircraft, you can read up information on your airline’s website or right HERE. This information has been prepared by Lufthansa. I find it extremely informative and applicable whether you are flying to Prague or anywhere else in the world.

Useful Info

Becoming familiar with the country you are visiting and being aware of the very basic emergency contact information should be an essential part of you planning process. If you are planning a trip to Prague, you will find the information below beneficial as it offers a comprehensive overview of Prague’s most important phone numbers, services and places where you can get help. Make sure you have this information with you when traveling to Prague.


Prague: The capital of Czech Republic

Population: about 1,240.000

Time Zone: Central European Time (GMT)

Language: Czech

Currency: Czech Crown (Koruna), abbreviated as Kc or CZE

ATM: Located throughout the city, accepted credit/debit cards are Visa, Mastercard/EuroCard, Maestro and American Express.

Electricity: 220 Volts AC/50Hz (electricity adapters are necessary)

Phone Area Code for Czech Republic : +420

Phone Area Codefor Prague:  02

Phone Cards: All phone booths accept phone cards. These are available at newsstands, post offices, hotels and cost 200-300 CZE

Roadside Assistance: 1230-1240 (Yellow Angel)

Central Prague Post Office: Jindrisska 14 (off Wenceslas Square), Prague 1. It opens daily from  2am midnight.


Emergency Phone Number: 112 (Ambulance / Fire / Police)

Dental First Aid Phone Number: 141 22

24 hr Medical Providers:

  • Doctor Prague Health Center (www.doctor-prague.cz): Located at Vodickova 28, 2nd floor, Prague1, phone:224 220 040
  • Pharmacy: Located at Palackeho 5, Prague 1, phone: 224 946 982 AND Belgicka 37, Prague 2, phone: 222 519 731
  • Dentist: European Dental Center (www.edcdental.cz): Located at Peckova 9, Prague 8, open Mon-Fri 8:30am-8pm, Sat 9am-6pm. FOR 24 hr on-call service call 224 228 993 OR 224 228 994 OR 224 228 984

Dentist Providers With Limited Hours Of Operation:

  • American Dental Associates (www.americandental.cz): Located at Celnici 4, Prague 1 , open Mon-Thu 8am-8pm, phone 221 181 121
  • Emergency Dental Service: Located at Palackeho 5 (near Wenceslas Square), Prague 1, open: Mon & Wed 8am-5:30pm. Tue & Thu 8am-4pm. Fri 8am0-2pm, phone: 224 235 085


  • Na Prikope 20
  • Old Town Square – (in Old Town Hall)
  • Rytirska Street 31
  • Prague Airport
  • Lesser Town Bridge Tower (open in the summer season only)
  • Main Train Station  (in the lobby)


  • USA: +420 257 530 663
  • UK: +420 257 402 111
  • Canada: +420 272 101 800
  • Australia: +420 296 578 350 (Consulate)
  • South Africa: +420 267 311 114
  • Ireland: +420 257 530 061
  • Germany: +420 257 113 111
  • Spain: +420 224 311 222
  • Italy: +420 233 080 111
  • New Zealand: +420 222 514 672 (Consulate)
  • France: +420 251 171 711


The weather in Prague varies based on the season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Winter can be very cold with temperatures dropping below 0°C (20F). Spring usually takes its time and the weather doesn’t starts to get warmer until around April. Summer time (June – August) is the warmest with temperatures rising up to 30 °C (86F). Temperatures drop at night pretty significantly, additional layers are recommended.


  • Plane – Prague’s airport Ruzyne is about 15 km from the city center. Bus and taxi service is available and can be reserved at the airport.
  • Train – The Main Train Station is adjacent to Wenceslas Square, about a 5 minute walk. Access to Pragu’e Metro (subway) is available directly at the Train Station.
  • Bus – The Main Bus Terminal Florenc is located just east of the Old Town Square. Majority of international and domestic buses travelling to Prague make their final stop in Florenc.
  • Car – You must be at least 18 years old with a valid International Driving Licence to drive in the Czech Republic. All drivers are required to purchase and display a toll stamp allowing access to Czech highways.


  • On foot – Most of Prague’s sites are located within a walking distance of each other.
  • Metro (Subway) – Metro operates from 5am – Midnight. It is easy to use and navigate around (three lanes only).
  • Tram – The tram system reaches pretty much all the parts of the city. It is the best way to see all of Prague.
  • Bus – Buses serve mostly the suburban areas.
  • Boat – Boat services are mostly used as tourist attractions (i.e. dinner on the river Vltava) or excursions. Tickets can be purchased in the Prague’s tourist centers or directly at the pier. Most of the excursions depart from Prazska paroplavebni pier in Nove Mesto.
  • Taxi – The Prague’s taxi system is not a recommended means of transportation. It is very difficult to negotiate prices and in most cases, you will end up paying an excessive amount of money. AAA Radiotaxi is the only recommended taxi service in Prague and their phone number is (+420)257 257 257

Make sure you print the Prague’s Useful Information prior to your trip to Prague and have it handy if and when the time comes!

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