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  • These are the folks that helped push us out of the sand we were stuck in today. We had been able to get the first car loose but the second was turning out to be nearly impossible. The pulled up in their RV, hopped out and gave us that last extra bit of force we were missing. Love the helpers of the world. They ended up pulling up near our spot on the beach... and we swapped sentences here and there. They were visiting for 23 days from Austria. Natalie said the thing she noticed most about them was how much they seemed to love and attend to each other. For me it was Gabi's green eyes and how sure i was that she knew things about me just by looking.

    They said they had lived in the states in the 90's and were excited to be bringing their children here now that they were old enough to truly experience it all. I asked them what the best and worst thing about the US was in their opinion and they told me that the best was the people and the speed at which most Americans form friendships. The flipside of that ended up being the worst thing though. They said that unions formed quickly didn't always last when times of trouble came. In Austria they said, people are reserved and less open but when those walls were broken down and alliances formed, it was for good. They said they had found it to be more temporary here. As the brief conversation winded down i realized we hadn't even had a proper introduction. They had share their lives with me and we had not even exchanged names. So maybe they were right and we do jump in quickly and only for a while. Before i walked off i also found out that Harald designs ski lifts.

    My favorite thing about America is that when you wake up in the morning you never know if you are going to get rescued by an Austrian family near lake in the middle of the desert. I guess that could happen anywhere though. Timing is something.
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