A02 In 1937, Alexander and Olivia, my grandparents on my mother’s side, made a similar journey from Toulouse over the southern French border to settle in Andorra. They met in France after he fled his native Estonia before the Russian invasion of the 1940s. The high altitude and clean air of Andorra had been suggested by her doctor after she lost one of her lungs to tuberculosis. Fre- quent visits to Toulouse had them traveling back and forth over the Pas d’Envalira, the only open passage over the Pyrenees to the north. While summers presented no major challenge, the winters could get harsh in this mountainous region. Above-average snowfall would stop traffic, close roads, and block the pass completely for months. Alexander, the strong Estonian, felt right at home in these conditions. I remember hearing stories of him betting his childhood friends who would be able to spend more time in the Estonian sauna, followed by a bold jump into a hole that had been carved out of the frozen creek that gave way to icy waters.