I tried to dig the tires out with my hands and rock the car. But there was a car parked in front of and behind me so it made it especially tricky since I couldn't really gun it either way without hitting one. I was willing us with all my might to find a way out. And then our knight in shining armor came by - except he was an unlikely knight - a 17ish year old kid smoking a cigarette and carrying a bucket, speaking just enough English to help. He coached me at the wheel, filled in behind the tires with sand as I lurched forward and used brute strength to basically pick the car up and onto the street! Smoking his cigarette the entire time!!! I was so relieved we weren't stuck. And so thankful to our Belgian hero.
Overall it was a day with obstacles, but also a day with a fun friend, the ocean and ice cream - so it was a great one!