Marcus, I'm pleased to see your name and occupation on the new members list. Adding people who are bona fide news journalists rather than travel writers deepens the discussions, and I'm all for it. I expect you'll bring a different perspective to things, and I look forward to that.
Good afternoon, Marcus, and welcome to Tripatini! It's great to have you with us -- and we think you'll find our site productive as well as interesting and enjoyable.
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