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Week 29 – We are done!

I will keep this post short. We have just arrived in Austin after cutting our trip short by two days. The heat at Big Bend National Park was so unbearable that we were confined to the shade of our campsite making us realize that we are done with the wild. We crave the comforts of civilization. We crave the comforts of our home. We crave the company of our family and friends. Luckily, Scott and Sebastien have received us with open arms and we are now enjoying their magnificent home. I will make sure to share some pictures in a future post. The pool! The view! Incredible! Now we just need to wrap up our affairs before we can fly homewards. Just a couple more days!

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Our visit to Big Bend National Park took us within a stone throw of the Mexican border. This also ensured that we had to pass through two border patrol inspections. A rather unexpected and intense experience as we are now travelling on expired visas and therefore had to provide full documentation regarding our application to have our visas extended. Luckily, the two border patrol officers in charge of our inspection turned out to be quite amicable and rather pleasant. Regardless, being inspected in the US continues to be an unpleasant experience for us. It just feels like you are exposed to arbitrary that can take a bad turn at any moment. Having Benni and Alex with us seems to help, but it’s a feeling that we simply can’t shake off. A police force with such extensive rights as in the US is simply scary!

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Our week in bullet points:

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