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During her captivity, Laura says she was able to connect with some of her guards. "One of them wanted to know, 'Is it true that Americans go to bars and pick up on each other and go home and have sex?'" Laura says. "I said: 'Well, that does happen. Does that happen here?' And she said, 'Oh, no, no.' They live in the most conservative society." 

Laura says she taught curious guards a few yoga poses but drew the line at sharing fashion magazines she got in the mail because their content was usually banned in the country. "I said: 'If you're allowed to have this, then, please. But if you're not, I can't keep a secret,'" she says. "She understood, and she gave the magazine back to me."

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