Texas, its a very big place. Everyone knows that, or at least you really should. If you look at it on a map, you could problem fit 2.5 size the landmass into it and thats just one state in this country. Stereotypically the state with the most relaxed gun laws, red necks and generally everything is always bigger in Texas (so they say!). Not to mention, if anyone has seen that episode on Top Gear, one of the most homophobic and racist states in the US. What I experienced, this couldn’t have been any further from the truth, and I’ll tell you why.
When someone says ‘Whats your best example of Southern hospitality’, I will from now on always start with ‘Well this one time in Texas…’ as thats what I’ll always remember. Fortunately for us (yes, I now say us as the group is now a threesome) we had met two awesome guys from Houston while on our travels in New Orleans. A pact was made to meet up with Jake and Mark once we hit this enormous place, and contact we did. The days that followed were like being treated like royalty. VIP brewery tours, free beer, free food, what felt like VIP nights out and then if that wasn’t enough, some proper southern home cooking. Thats just Houston.
Now we had heard Austin was THE place to be in Texas, well I’d like to argue that fact. We had such a great experience in Houston that it was going to be tough to beat, but onward we went. The experience didn’t quite work out and that was mainly our fault. Incoming storms and intense humidity just made us lazy. Downtown was fun, but nothing compared to what we had experienced in Houston and if I’m brutally honest, we just wanted to get back there. Back we went.
I don’t pride myself on every being interested in golf, but we were recommended a place to go where you can hit some golf balls, drink some beer and eat all at the same time. We were sold. I am of course talking about Top Golf.
If that wasn’t enough, can anyone say floods? You may have seen it on the BBC news, but we were right in the middle of it. Water up to your waist in some parts and lightening touchdowns all over the place, so guess what we did? Yup, you guess it. We went out right in the middle of it. It’s just one of those things you’ll probably never see or do again, so sod it. We did it. Stranded cars, boarded up shops and the worst bit, people actually died. We were lucky and properly in some of the better off effected areas, but it was still pretty crazy. Luckily our rental car was just fine.
So the conclusion. Texas was far from the British stereotype that you might think. I met some of the friendliest people in my entire travels here and experienced some of the most bizarre things. Texas you served us well and I would come back in a heartbeat, providing you lower the temperature.
Now its time to to hit the West Coast. SoCal here I come!
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