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Florianópolis

Photo taken by Ana in the hotel in Florianópolis as part of her trip to the south of Brazil as a member of the school band.

Foto tirada no hotel aonde a Ana ficou em Florianópolis durante sua viagem com a banda de musica da escola.

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