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“We are allowed to do this, aren’t we?” Brian asked me one last time as we made our way through the airport. to begin a private tour. I worried for a moment about how rumpled and sleepy we looked as we shuffled toward her, lugging heavy carry on bags. If she noticed, she didn’t seem to mind. Instead, she cheerfully showed us where we could store our luggage at 7 euros per bag for the day and led us outside and onto a city bus.

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