On our only full day in San Antonio, we chose to have a pretty chill day visiting, among other things, the Alamo and Trinity University, Jonathan’s Alma Mater. But first, as always, we had a breakfast that should be too big for any human being, but still nevertheless, consumed by a skinny white dude and two small Chinese. And yes if you’re asking that’s bacon, sausage, ham and eggs sandwiched by two amazing pancakes. Also, that is the biggest pancake that I have ever seen gracing Jonathan and Zarifa’s plate. My pancakes were the size of the small one in the middle. If you ever have a chance to visit San Antonio, go for the breakfast at the Olmos Pharmacy, you will not be disappointed. Lunch also looked excellent there and we had considered coming back for their deep fried mushrooms but we never made it back as we got too full from our other lunch.
One of my few regrets in life is never experiencing American campus life. Having walked through University of Texas and Trinity University campuses, it has made me even more jealous of the US uni life. Trinity is a beautiful campus built on two levels of landscape and very open. There are loads of lawns for people to lounge sit and chill in the outdoors and generally lots of cool places to hang. It’s a relatively small university however it doesn’t feel that way physically.
The rest of the day we spent walking down the San Antonio River Walk towards the famed location of the Alamo. It was a beautiful day full of Sunshine and cool breezes and some wonderful food. If you ever come you really gotta spend a day just walking along the river. If walking really is not your thing you can grab a small ferry that shuttles you up and down the river for 15 dollars. That’s US dollars. But I really think if you have working feet and legs, you really should do the walk, you see more.
The Alamo is a beautiful place. It’s smack in the middle of a small community of shops, offices and a few industrial lofts. You don’t quite expect it but it’s an amazing little place. To know the history that happened there, the intense battle that took place and the now hallowed ground that it is, was both exciting and humbling.
After the Alamo, we walked back to the car and spent the evening with some friends at the McNay Art Museum. Though we had very little time for art, it’s a beautiful gallery, it was a very cool place with a wonderful vibe. On every second thursday evening of the month, they open their lawn and set up food trucks and a band to entertains kids and adults alike. Free beer is passed out and the food trucks are amazing. Check out McNay’s Second Thursday, the food is solid and most of the museum is free to explore.
Tomorrow we go to New Orleans, and fulfil a life long desire of mine to visit The Big Easy.
If y’all know your history you may have gathered that I am heading to San Antonio.
Yes, I’ve ben using Y’all quite often. And as my best friend also pointed out, I am using more souther phrases as I hear them and commit them to my vocabulary. Words like “thank you much” and “howdy” I have never used in 34 years of my life until this trip. But they are fun words to use. And the more I hear these idiosyncratic words and phrases, the more I appreciate the Southern accent.
We set off at day break for a relative short two hour drive so that we could get in to SA with plenty of time to spare for our first event. A San Antonio Spurs game. More on that later. Along the way we had planned a few food stops and among other things, a stop at an outlet mall just outside of Austin. I love outlet malls. They are incredibly efficient and making me spend my money, which I am happy to do so under the idea that instead of charging me ridiculously exorbitant amounts of money for clothing, I am now paying a mildly exorbitant price instead. However a quick stop ended up being a five and a half hour shopping trip. We did have a female amongst our midst so it meant for more thorough analysis of products in many stores. I just did lots of walking, which I needed after all the food I had in San Antonio.
But that’s besides the point, we are going to AT&T Center to watch the San Antonio Spurs. Though I was always a casual fan, I’m a Golden State Warrios Fan, when the Spurs were playing at the Alamodome and had Robinson and Tim Duncan on their roster, that was truly one of the most exciting teams to watch outside of the Jordan/Pippen and Shaq/Kobe lineups. This time around, I was excited to see Tim Duncan, a sure-fire NBA Hall of Fame inductee and an already legendary basketball player. And although, they no longer had David Robinson among their ranks, they certainly have filled that gap with some solid perimeter shooters and quick young talent that can cut into the basket on command.
On a night celebrating war veterans at the arena, I was surprised to see the spurs wear special camouflage inspired Basketball kits and an appearance by many local veterans including NBA legend and Military man David Robinson!
The Spurs won by a large margin that night, and The Washington Wizards were obliging opponents. It was a fun night and the atmosphere in AT&T Center was electric. People cheering all USA military themed celebratory events, and the return of Robinson brought on a loud cheer. I even got on the bandwagon and tweeted about the veterans and it made it onto the jumbotron. Proud moment there.
— jonathan lee (@jonleehk) November 14, 2013
It was a good first night to spend in San Antonio. And based on that, I already knew that the city had a lot more exciting things for me. I’m already liking this place.
Having left Carlsbad, I looked forward to my next location. Austin, Texas. For the better part of the last five days, I had not spent more than 12 hours in one place. Always travelling, always moving always driving. Though exciting, I was ready to take a break. Sit down and sleep in the same place for a few days. That place was to be Austin, a location of BBQ, the Southern drawl and a site of a close friend’s wedding.
It is also where I will meet up my best mate and his wife who are also going to said wedding, and spending the week after with me.
Driving through West Texas is as interesting as watching bread toast. It’s exciting but it looks pretty much the same all the way through until the very end.
But it was still wonderful time. Passing through El Paso was quite cool, and just driving by the dessert was such a unique experience. But I was in was going to see one of my good friends get married.
I love Austin. It was such a great and chill place to be. It’s like Texas’ Hawaii. I sincerely wouldn’t mind living there if I didn’t love Hong Kong so much. I think I just expanded my list of favourite cities in the world. It’s a beautiful place full of unique restaurants, and bars and a hot bed of exciting food and entertainment. The people here are so nice and friendly and are always excited to hear your stories and genuinely care about your day when they ask you, ” How are you doing today sir?” I love being called that.
Having my best friend there along made it doubly fun.
Highlights included Zilker park, Torchy’s Tacos, Franklin’s BBQ, Museums, more Mexican food, Waffle House,
I spent five days in Austin and I’d like to say it was not enough. I will definitely be back. It was a beautiful city, with very few tall buildings which was a very welcome change from the concrete jungle of Hong Kong and San Francisco. Even though i did spend some time downtown “business district” of Austin, I was pleasantly surprised by the copious amounts sunlight readily available and a lack of shade. I had often times questioned my friends if people were taking a holiday because no one seemed to be on the street during office hours. I was swiftly told that it was just Austin, it’s not that crowded. It was intriguing and refreshing and definitely a city worth exploring.
However no sooner had I arrived, I was heading to another place. At least I had company with me this time.
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