“I came to Australia to study at the Australian National University and finish a graduate diploma in archaeology in 1998. When I went back to Texas, I was hired as a transportation mapper and town planner. I did not meet Sarah until my going-away party to go back to Australia to do my master’s degree. I just thought she was fantastic. I left a note after that party, that said ‘when I get back from Australia, if you’re not married or have joined some hippie commune, I’ll look you up’. About two to three years later, I came back home for the first time in years and—I looked her up. I went to a party at her house; the guitars came out, songs were sung, we had a great night.

We went on one or two dates before I went back, but 6 months later, she came to travel and visit Australia. I had a little 1980 Toyota Corolla in smurf-blue with a white pin stripe down the middle and we took it on this epic road-trip.

We’d been together 10 days and had never planned anything; it was just magic every day and wonderful. You do a road-trip with someone, it’s a really great way to get to know them. I was lying in a hammock and I had this inner conscience say to me, ‘ask her to marry you’. I had this overwhelming feeling that everything was going to be ok, just contentment. My life kind of flashed before me—with her in it. She obviously said yes. It was just a beautiful moment, in a beautiful place, isolated, in this little house overlooking the wetlands on the Great Ocean Road after only 10 days together. And here we are—still married 20 years on.”

Published by sabrinadavis5223

I am a German living in South Australia. We lost our home and farm in the Kangaroo island summer bushfires. I love travelling, reading, beach walks, board games, watching movies and spending time with my family.

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