I hope all is well and you are enjoying your summer.
This week we welcomed friends, watched our stuff ride away, put on new headphones, pondered tough times, and marveled at Mexican free-tailed bats.
Days to departure: 12
Thank you, Cris and children, for coming to visit us! We’ve been going places, eating foods, and creating moments together. It’s been wonderful!
Sasha (no thumbs) watches the Derbis and Baker families pack up the gear to leave Mustang Island.
Did you know, Cris has visited us in Colombia, China, and Texas? Can’t wait to explore the Arabian Peninsula together!
Haul away 🚛
We finally loaded up that 8x8 self-storage container with our stuff, called Mi-Box to pick it up, and watched them take it away to a climate controlled warehouse where it will count the days going by with hundreds of fellow containers holding the precious things of their people.
A woeful Tatiana watches our stuff leave home.
Tips for vagabonders 🗺️
Get yourself some noise-cancelling headphones. A pair of all-around headphones cannot compete against the noise inside a passenger jet, around 85 dB at cruising altitude. Noise-cancelling headphones can reduce most of that noise and allow you to listen to music or other audio you select as your in-flight entertainment. On our Houston to Amsterdam and then Amsterdam to Kuwait City flights, you can see me getting lost in music and podcasts wearing the Sony H.ear On WH-H900N headphones.
I joined Cris, Ben, and Ana and hundreds of other curiosity seekers to watch the largest urban bat colony in North America, about 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats, emerge from the Congress Avenue Bridge where they roost.
Mexican free-tailed bats emerge about 20 minutes before sundown to dine on insects.
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Watch your bobber!
🛎️ Next on Unfragile Thyself, Sasha gets her USA export permit!
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