Antonio and Rebecca collect sea shells. Antonio began a holiday with 523 shells and Rebecca began with 39 shells.
Each day of the holiday Antonio found 22 shells and Rebecca found 44 shells on the beach. By the end of the holidays they had the same number of shells in total.
How long was the holiday?
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