"But you aren't Norwegian. And your friend Lydia?"
"She's from Minsk. We're from all over."
"How do people find you? How did you come here?"
I tell him the story about the library, about meeting Lydia and the Chief.
"Usually, it seems, someone overhears someone's brother or cousin talking about it, and they ask, and they come to see for themselves." I think about Alex and Jeff, Paolo and Gabriel, all of us have wandered into this.
"We aren't a secret society."
"But you keep a pretty low profile."
"The Chief says it's easier that way."