50 Photos to Inspire Life as a Digital Nomad

  • November 3, 2009 by Corbett Barr
  • 162 Comments

internet-and-tacos
internet & tacos by lecates

Have you dreamed of being able to live and work anywhere you want to? What about traveling the world while earning a living with just a laptop and an Internet connection? Such is the life of a digital nomad. It’s usually exciting, sometimes glamorous, and always inspiring.

If you’ve ever thought of becoming a digital nomad, here are 50 photos that might inspire you to take the next step.


Where are all these photos from? They’re all licensed under Creative Commons and sourced from the amazing artists who contribute to Flickr. Actually, I also took a few of the photos myself, but you can use those under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 as well.

If you’re not familiar with Creative Commons, basically it’s a way for artists, photographers, writers, etc. to license their work so that other people can use it under certain conditions (usually attribution is required). CC is a great way to gain exposure for your work. That’s where I source most of the photos on this blog, and I really appreciate all the amazing things people share under CC.

Each of these photos inspire me to get out and explore and experience more than my little corner of the world.

I hope they inspire you too.

barcelona
Barcelona sunset HDR by MorBCN

flying-in-bed
Éole Airlines by Éole

sailing-blue
Sailing by DanielaNob

guanajuato-basilica
Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato by jj.figueroa

underneath-a-star
underneath a star by jaeWALK

ocean-colors
Ocean Colors by Paulo Brandão

wat-arun
Wat Arun at Sunset by Stuck in Customs

boat-house
Panama Boat House by Corbett Barr

december-sand
December sand by ~jjjohn~

weekend-inspiration
weekend inspiration by muha…

end-of-the-world
I’ve reached the end of the world by Stuck in Customs

light-in-the-snow
Nubble Light In Snow by brentdanley

the-hole
The Hole by caese

love-on-tehrans-roof
Love on Tehran`s Roof by mohammadali

Dolmabahce-Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace… by Kıvanç Niş

stand-back-sunset
Stand Back Sunset by Corbett Barr

storm-cell-at-sunset
Storm Cell at Sunset by .: sandman

leaning-on-the-vw
two zero nine: Beach or Bust by Anna Gay

lua-em-sao-paolo
Lua em São Paulo by Luiz Henrique Assunção

salida-de-luna
Salida de Luna by Chodaboy

bookstore-amsterdam
llibreria – bookstore – Amsterdam – HDR by MorBCN

delhi-from-a-rickshaw
Delhi From a Rickshaw by wili_hybrid

wham-a-different-corner
wham:a different corner by visualpanic

mount-si
Mount Si in North Bend, Washington by papalars

Imma
Imma by Dude Crush

blue-door-white-wall
Blue Door – White Wall by Klearchos Kapoutsis

alone
Alone by Giorgio Montersino

Dubrovnic-old-town
Streetphoto from The Old Town, Dubrovnic, Croatia by steinliland

gulf-islands-sunset
Gulf Islands Sunset by Corbett Barr

Windows-of-Laos
Windows of Laos by B℮n

Seattle-in-Motion-at-Sunset
Seattle in Motion at Sunset by Surrealize

Villefranche-sur-Mer-Riviera
Villefranche-sur-Mer, Riviera by Imapix

lunch-sun-san-pellegrino
Lunch…Sun… and San Pellegrino! by Imapix

somewhere-in-dana-point
Somewhere in Dana Point, CA by P.J.M. *extremely slow on flickr :( sorry*

Old-San-Juan
Old San Juan by S.A. Young

grave-robber
Grave Robber by Stuck in Customs

venice
Venice by MorBCN

sunset-at-travelers-inn
Sunset at Traveler’s Inn by angela7dreams

bilbao
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao by envisionpublicidad

hong-kong
Hong Kong from the peak on a summer’s night by Stuck in Customs

reykjavik
reykjavik_tilt-shift1 by Alex J White

lisbon
Sunset at Lisboa by Fr Antunes

Back-to-Isla-Perdida
Back to Isla Perdida by cuellar

amsterdam-venice
Amsterdam, Holland 075 – The Venice of Northern Europe by Claudio.Ar

tate-cafe
tate cafe by Janesdead

wlan-for-free
wlan for free by lanier67

canoe-colors
Canoe Colors by Corbett Barr

the-way-to-paradise
The Way to Paradise by nattu

sunset-is-served
Sunset is served! by Milena T.

What inspires you? Please share in the comments!

Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.


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Baker November 3, 2009 at 12:29 am

Wow, nicely done Corbett… Nice done.

These are extremely inspiring, each in a slightly different way. I’m especially impressed by your own handy work!

The only problem is I can’t make them ALL my desktop background… which to choose?

James NomadRip November 3, 2009 at 6:59 am

Baker, I use John’s Background Switcher to alternate my desktop background every day. Sometimes I’ll stop it for several days on an image that I particularly like.

You can point it to any folder or collection of folders on the web or your computer. You can have it change whenever you like, including every hour. Add any Flickr or SmugMug gallery you find, and never run out of incredible images.

http://bit.ly/2O4kta (I have nothing to do with this free program, I just use it)

Diggy - Upgradereality.com November 3, 2009 at 12:37 am

I second that! Incredible photos Corbett!

This just makes me want to travel the world and see all of those places.
It also makes me want to get an awesome SLR digital camera so I can take pictures like these :)

Thanks for the wonderful post!

Amber November 3, 2009 at 12:45 am

Fantastic! Such inspiration! I agree that the best companion in any travel is a great camera. Spend the money… it’s definitely worth it :D

Cody McKibben November 3, 2009 at 1:09 am

Isn’t life beautiful (if you take advantage of all there is to offer)? And the world’s a gorgeous place, especially in HDR! :)

Thanks Corbett.

Dragos Roua November 3, 2009 at 1:14 am

Absolutely amazing! I almost took my 450D and headed to the airport (joking, of course,but not too much ;-) ) Recognizing Wat Arun over Chao Phraya in that beautiful picture was incredible.

I think you created a fantastic inspirational post here. :-)

Jo Crandall November 3, 2009 at 2:18 am

“Sunset is served” and “Alone” are my favorites. All of them were fun to peruse. thank you

Colin Wright November 3, 2009 at 4:47 am

Yeah, I pretty much just took out my camera and started shooting random things around town after seeing this. Very nice collection of photos!

jforestphotos November 3, 2009 at 5:09 am

Very inspiring, all are beautiful photos! Looking through all those made me realize how few places I’ve been to in the world, I’m feeling quite bitten by the travel bug this morning!

Fabian Kruse November 3, 2009 at 5:16 am

Hmm, some of these HDR photos seem to inspire frequent LSD use rather than a Digital Nomad Life… ;)
But still, LOTS of nice destinations pictured there!

Liz November 3, 2009 at 5:31 am

Wow! Nice way to start the day. Thanks for putting this together. Stumbling and tweeting.

Nate November 3, 2009 at 5:42 am

Fantastic stuff. Just what I need to get me motivated today.

James NomadRip November 3, 2009 at 6:55 am

A bunch of great shots. I have even seen some of them. Some places make it tough to take a bad picture, and those who have that eye can make a great shot from an otherwise unnoticeable scene.

Technomadia November 3, 2009 at 7:32 am

HDR is wonderful, isn’t it? It can definitely make any scene ‘pop’ and be totally inspiring!

Great collection of digital artistry there.

@iq4sale November 3, 2009 at 7:57 am

Very Nice! A wonderful collection.

JoAnna November 3, 2009 at 8:24 am

Stunning photos! Thanks for the Tuesday morning inspiration! It’s always great to be reminded how much of the world there really is to explore.

Jim Ireland November 3, 2009 at 8:32 am

Outstanding! Really makes you want to get out of your old boring routine ( Work, TV, Sleep, Work) , and go somewhere.

Thanks
Corbett

Clayton November 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

Really amazing photos. Those really remind me of what I’m working for. It’s always nice to have a fresh injection of inspiration to keep you going!

Thursday Bram November 3, 2009 at 11:12 am

What an incredible collection. I really want to go to each of the places pictured and just hang out for a while.

Daniel McClure November 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm

That’s a really nice collection of photos you’ve put together there. Once I start I can get lost for hours looking through photos on sites like Flickr.

Good call on sharing the Flickr tip as well. Just earlier today I was thinking I need to write a post on that soon as I sourced an image for a report I was writing.

Keep up the good work!

Migration Mark November 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I agree with everyone else, stunning collection of inspiring photos. I will continue to stare at these pics for a while.
Awesome Job!

HECTOR BEDOYA November 3, 2009 at 7:06 pm

excelente fotografias inspiradoras de vida

Marc November 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Magnificent! What a great collection of sublime travel moments! As one who has often struggled to capture such things in photographs, I can really appreciate the talent on display here. Thanks for the inspiration!

Corbett Barr November 3, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Thanks everybody for all the great comments. I had a lot of fun putting this together. I’m glad you all enjoyed the photos.

AdventureRob November 4, 2009 at 1:46 am

Some great photos in here, I guess digital nomads like HDR then? ;-)

IsabellesTravel November 4, 2009 at 10:03 am

Whaw! You have some amazing and inspiring photo’s on here. Love the laptop by the water :)

Resul AYDOĞDU November 5, 2009 at 8:48 am

uuuuvvv, some great photos in here : =)

sara montour November 5, 2009 at 11:11 am

love these!

Brian November 5, 2009 at 11:28 am

Absolutely loving these. Forwarded them to several friends for them to enjoy!

Corbett Barr November 5, 2009 at 11:30 am

Awesome, Brian. Thanks for sharing!

sara November 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm

wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow.. they are really amazing
i just took all the photos 4 me ..
i love photographing and natureeeeee
gooood work every1

adam November 5, 2009 at 9:15 pm

All a person could ever need “Internet&Tacos”

Gina Alessia November 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Omg. These pics are amazing. Very inspirational also.

MsJoanne November 6, 2009 at 5:53 pm

I StumbledUpon this page and love it! Beautiful pics! Thank you so much!

jasmine celion November 6, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Awesome……

james November 7, 2009 at 4:48 pm

very inspiring…

Vishaal S Shah - Creative Design Agency November 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Insanely inspiring !!!! Love each and every one. Thanks for sharing this.

robb November 8, 2009 at 3:51 am

awesome pics !!
btw i think HDR is a turn-off.

Gene Bowker November 9, 2009 at 8:37 am

My favorites was the tacos & internet and the laptop on the dock. How ever those are all great pics to make you want to do something else, especially on a Monday morning at work.

Thanks!
Gene

http://twitter.com/genewrites

Personal Development November 10, 2009 at 2:53 am

Thank you very much. They all look very inspirational.

Allaboutlfc November 10, 2009 at 3:47 am

These are just awesome pictures…great job….I love it….

Nicolas November 10, 2009 at 4:28 am

Two thumbs up for this post Corbett! So sensible, but impacting. That’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I really hope your article will trigger something in the mind of all those people who fill miserable at work and would give anything to change their working life and become Digital Nomads.
So inspiring, I wrote something about it on my blog: http://www.52ndwest.com/?p=1909

dex November 10, 2009 at 5:55 am

these are great pics..hard to choose which is the best. I hope I will someday become financially-free so that I can do the things I want…

Chris R November 11, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I am working on my own business so I can have the freedom to travel.
It has become a driving force in my life.

Thank you for these inspiration images.

Prabjeet Singh November 11, 2009 at 9:57 pm

These pictures are magnificant, beautifully photographed. Sometimes, I have to see in depth whether they are actually photographed or digital made or an artistic painting.

Well done!!!

lapaa November 12, 2009 at 12:05 am

wowwwwwwwww
these lovely pics truely made my day.honestly i envy u for being there,wherever u’ve been> amazing pics
thx for sharing them

Sarah November 12, 2009 at 9:41 am

Very interesting pictures and creative too..

Shelley Chen November 12, 2009 at 7:31 pm

So comfortable and appealing

neama November 14, 2009 at 4:57 am

so inspirational..wish i could get the chance to see all those places in real life..wish i could work for lonely planet :P
for sure there must be no better job in the world than to get to see all those places with ur own eyes,mingle with cultures and witness life through their perspectives..
stunning..!

GotPassport November 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Wow amazing and stunning collection here. There is something about looking at beautiful that somehow calms you! These pictures do that for me…. thanks for sharing them.

emilia pimenta November 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm

As fotografias me deixam em estado de graça!!!
Sempre venho aqui para ter um momento de paz., tranquilidade e beleza.
Sou mineira, mas moro em Salvador/Bahia/Brasil.
Parabéns!
Um abraço
Emília

jose anmgel November 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm

esta super

Karen November 26, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Incredible collection, Corbett! I love your sunset ones that you took yourself… makes me itch to start traveling, which I think was your point! :)
Karen

Nomad in Spain December 6, 2009 at 1:17 am

Being a digital nomad is one of the really positive things I love about my life. I have a backpack with clothes, my laptop, my camera, my video camera, my ipod. I don’t need anything else and I earn money online writing. It’s a wonderful life.

Corbett Barr December 6, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Sounds lovely.

Rebecca March 27, 2010 at 8:47 am

Nomad in Spain, you are living my dream. How do I make this dream come true?

Blueyz188

Chul June 8, 2010 at 6:54 am

Thank you for posting these beautiful and inspiring photos. I am quitting my current job of 4 years to work as a translator. I will be able to work from anywhere that has the internet connection. But I am also aware of the uncertainties I face and ask myself everyday whether I am truly ready to take to the road. Well, I guess there’s but one way to find out.

William Wallace December 6, 2009 at 7:48 am

Quite a few impressive pictures, which should inspire everyone to get out there and do some exploring. But why not some pictures of shitty hostels, which most backpackers say in. That aint quite so glamorous….!

Corbett Barr December 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

That would take the fun out of it ;)

putude December 8, 2009 at 7:54 am

Nice photos. Double thumbs up!

edu almonte December 15, 2009 at 7:09 am

magnificas. es parte del paraíso terrenal expuesto para llegar directo al corazon.

scott December 21, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Bravo!
Beautiful and inspirational!
Photos that speak a 1000 words.’-)

Sophie December 23, 2009 at 11:46 am

I really enjoy these photographs. You’re living the life I’ve been dreaming of for years now. You’ve finally given me a name for my calling.

Hitekhomeless (jenn) January 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Excellent collection! It reminds me of just how little we have seen in the past couple of years on the road. There’s so much more to see and do!

Robert January 9, 2010 at 9:04 am

Corbett, thank you for posting these amazing photos!!! Love your site, kudos to you. Keep up the GREAT work!

Corbett Barr January 9, 2010 at 10:28 am

Thanks, Robert!

IRENA MICKUNAS January 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Greetings,Corbett,thank you for sharing,love your work. I am a visual artist and a photographer.Abstract paterns and moods of nature inspire me very much.I wish you endless nomadic journys filled with excitement and magic in 2010 ! Affectionatly, Irena.

Nikki und Michi January 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Great collection. Digital hike around the world in a few minutes…

alan van cleave January 12, 2010 at 10:15 am

good on ya mate. send ur photos to facebook twitter etc. also/

Andrea January 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

beautiful pictures

Jeremy Villasis January 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm

someone who happens to be familiar with my work chanced upon this page…

it’s really nice to know one of my images is on your list. i’m glad i could inspire. :)

hit me up on flickr will ya!

Corbett Barr January 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Hi Jeremy, thanks so much for sharing your work under the CC license. “underneath a star” is definitely one of my favorites from this compilation!

girasoli January 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm

WOW!!! Amazing photos! Makes me want to get on a plane and visit many of these places right now.

Justin Wright January 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Being a digital nomad myself, I couldn’t help but take a look at all these photos. They are amazing and make me want to get up and leave my house right now.

Amazing photo collection!

Dark Nomad January 21, 2010 at 4:03 am

What a great collection. Eternal travel is the dream!

Travelfusion February 1, 2010 at 6:41 am

LOVE these photos – they make me want to pack up and start travelling NOW!

Thanks for sharing!

Kathryn @Travelfusion

Jeff February 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Very nice pictures thanks for sharing.

kayla26 February 16, 2010 at 2:40 pm

What a load of really wonderful and insiring photos on just one page!

MdAmor March 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Cool photos. How about more info on where they were taken?

Bud March 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Nice shots, but a lot of “Pseudo HDR”. Too much, actually.

sherly March 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm

beautiful views!

Dino April 1, 2010 at 7:12 am

Wow! Gr8 collection of shots! Thx for sharing :)

James April 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I’ve been in the corporate world for the past 10 years doing SEO. My dream is to exactly what you are trying to inspire here.

I guess many share my dreams.

James April 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm

and if you want to see some of my photography – http://www.flickr.com/photos/james-seibert/

Corbett April 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Cool, James. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!

gfx May 26, 2010 at 1:48 am

I really like your photography James, I put it into Flickr Theater – can create your own too I think

http://www.ucubd.com/mashups/Flickr_Theater_2247.html

Evo April 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

Great photos! Now I’m craving Amsterdam, Venice and Bilbao all at the same time.

David Clare May 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Amazing pics. Makes me a bit sad that I lost my memory card with my europe backpacking trip pics!

Nancie (Ladyexpat) May 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

An awesome group of photos. If these don’t want to make you travel, nothing will. Thanks for sharing.

Lauren Lionheart May 26, 2010 at 2:25 am

Stunning and wildly inspiring collection. I love hearing the phrase Digital Nomad more frequently. Such an empowering lifestyle!

Today I’m sifting through 6+ months of travel photos to upload on Flickr with CC. I’m really honored to be following in the footsteps of such brave and giving adventurers. Thanks for leading the way, guys…

Aaronn Kaminski May 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Gorgeous pictures, they are truly inspiring.

jim June 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm

does anyone know where the image that says…..”weekend inspiration from muha….” came from? I want to go there and want to know where it is.

thanks…..jim

Corbett June 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

Hey Jim, I think it’s from the Maldives.

blad3runn69 June 7, 2010 at 12:18 am

internet & tacos & tequila ftw!

Sneakos View June 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm

So thats what dreams are made of! Nice!

Jan June 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Digital nomad – love it! Your pictures are quite inspiring.

Turuktu July 5, 2010 at 6:28 am

Inspiring photos, makes one wonder how much of
this world experience we miss in our lives.

Matt July 6, 2010 at 11:56 pm

How can I do this??? It’s always been my dream to just travel earn my way as I go by working where I was. How do could I do this? Any ideas?

indy July 7, 2010 at 6:45 am

You’ve included Dubrovnik in the collection… Love that city :)
And the photo with the free wifi, I’ve used the “free” internet countless times, and the picture always looks the same :) )

Albert K Reid July 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Wow I found this very interesting!

jim July 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

Ive actually been to that taco stand. It’s in Puerto Morelos south of Cancun. Check emails there while chilling for a week 2 years ago. Excellent food.

Matt July 22, 2010 at 9:27 am

Very uplifting and inspirational collection of images you put together. I’ve seen several of them in the past but having them all in one location to scroll through is nice. Definitely encouragement to travel the world more.

Kelsey July 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

I’m working on getting there. I make about $500 a month right now from doing freelance web design. If I can get that number up to $1500 a month, I will feel comfortable enough to take off to somewhere like Vietnam.

Jorin Cowley July 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

simply amazing.

Wanderfly July 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

Great pictures! It’s a big world out there with lots to see, and these pictures completely remind you of that. People should definitely travel more and see as much as they can of everything.

DIEGO July 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

ALUCINANTE…
GRACIAS
DIEGO

Gianpaolo Pietri August 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

great pic selection, corbett.

I’m happy to see you throw Old San Juan into the mix. That was my old stomping ground growing up. I’ve been to a lot of these places, but still missing some of the most beautiful spots. So much to see, always good to be reminded of it.

sir jorge August 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm

i wish i had tacos & internet right now

laurie gourley September 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I really enjoyed your pictures.

Jonathan Manor October 6, 2010 at 3:03 am

These photos are artistically amazing

lubos October 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm

amazing photos! That picture of Honk Kong looks so unreal, almost like some 3D rendering.

Rio Tours October 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm

You have great pictures here. Congrats!

fizzle-izzle¬¬¬ October 23, 2010 at 4:27 am

What i loved the best: Seattle in Motion at Sunset by Surrealize, Back to Isla Perdida by cuellar, Sunset is served! by Milena T. ;-)

BORIS October 26, 2010 at 3:24 am

SUPER COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brandi Yates October 26, 2010 at 5:29 am

Awesome. Love them

Zablon Mukuba October 27, 2010 at 6:16 am

the photos make me want to start packing and look for the sunset

Denis Gervais October 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Very creative ideas. I do oil painting on canvas, my site provides work to local artists and students and your images are really good inspiration for paintings. Thanks !!!

David October 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Nice photos makes me want to get all creative and get my pentax camera out :)

chris November 2, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Love the collection. Very cool would love to get back to Hong Kong sometime soon:)

MountainDan November 15, 2010 at 2:15 am

Wow…great collection of images to get you inspired to leave the office behind! Nomadic Matt @ nomadicmatt.com is one such digital nomad that ditched most of his worldly possessions and travels the world with a laptop in one hand, and a backpack in the other. In addition to writing about his travels, he also details how you can do the same. Definitely worth a read. Thanks for the share!

adam November 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm

These are really interesting photos, but WHERE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE using these spaces? I am more inspired by seeing people interacting in the environment than viewing spaces that are appreciating the design qualities of buildings.

kwacholz November 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

those are sweet pictures! (: very impressive..

Camino Reisen January 22, 2011 at 3:34 am

Superbe images, hopefully one of my photographs makes it to one of your collections one day…

Jo Boswell May 6, 2011 at 3:42 am

Amazing photos!

Devon Wedding Photographer Mark Smith December 6, 2011 at 2:10 pm

This is a brilliant and inspirational collection of photos, just a shame I didn’t take any of them. I love “I’ve reached the end of the world” that is one killer photograph. Sweeet!

jkinnisch May 15, 2012 at 9:04 am

whoa! leaves me thinking – gotta enjoy life more AND get the camera out more. totally inspirational!

Oscar de la Pena September 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

Truly Inspiring pictures, gotta love life!!

Edi December 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Great compilation, really inspiring! I’d love to visit those places one day. :)

Hando Kroon January 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Images are inspiring indeed, especially well made photos at nice locations like in this post. I am looking forward to a next post like this one.

Michael - OutMaturity July 21, 2013 at 5:04 am

Wow and wow!!

Amazing photos, we always forget how beautiful a planet we all live!

Thanks for sharing these!

Michael

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