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... When the tour guide picked me up this morning, he told me that I wouldn't need to take the gondola to the top; it was only for old and infirm people you see. I clearly couldn't then tell him that I'd like to pretend to be infirm. I wasn't exactly thinking of getting my sweat on before sitting in an airport and plane for the next 16 hours. He told me that he would take me to much prettier, more majestic part of the wall, "very steep", "very very steep, ...
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... was drawing floor layout plans for his architecture class. It looked so complicated. Garrett tried to explain how to make one.
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