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The night passed peacefully. I cooked dinner on the propane stovetop, watched Netflix and contemplated a serious life change. According to a notebook on the coffee table, the utility bill free life of Lemuria could be mine for $275,000. (Update: The house sold a few weeks after my visit.) I went to bed and gazed at the silvery stars through the southern facing wall of slanted windows. I awakened at dawn to luxury replica bags watch the sun rise and recharge my ship.

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