I’m currently in Dallas where I will be spending Thanksgiving break. I’m sitting in a coffee shop called Frogg with my roommate doing homework. I’ve had a lot of stuff due lately for school and have just as much when I come back from break. So my apologies for slacking on the blog. Anyway, I have been able to check most of the stuff off my list for what I wanted to do in Texas. Last weekend, I went back to San Antonio since my aunt came back and visited me. We stayed in a hotel that was right on the Riverwalk. I got to enjoy lots of good food that weekend and shopping. I ate a giant hamburger since I was really craving meat. Last Sunday, I went to Zilker Park in Austin and finally got my skyline picture. Zilker Park is so beautiful and a must see in Austin. The park itself is huge and has a natural spring. I went to Tyler’s for the first time and got to experience more of Austin’s urban culture. I didn’t leave without buying a shirt and some shorts. The drag was super cool and had a lot of shops. It’s right across from the UT campus. I ate at a restaurant called Austin Ale House on 6th street and most of the menu was gluten free (I thought that was interesting/cool). Last Monday, I went on a glass bottom boat tour on the TXST campus. There is a natural spring that runs right through campus and the water maintains a constant 72 degrees temperature. I went to a Christmas lights display called Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels. There were a ton of cool displays. Another super fun place I got to go to was Spring Loaded. It’s a trampoline park with a ton of trampolines. Talk about a good way to release endorphins. I finally went to the coffee shop right by campus called Tantra which had a really unique vibe. I think one of my biggest challenges of being in Texas/on my own is getting proper nutrition and eating right. Being a very picky eater does not make this easier. I also do not have a lot of time to cook/learn how to cook. I’ve got to try plenty of good restaurants though. Particularly lots of good Mexican food! Well folks, my days are numbered here in Texas, less than a month until I’ll be home. I’ve already shipped about 25 lbs worth of clothes home.
I made it through all my midterms in the past 2 weeks! I ended up with 3 As & 1 B. Since I was free of school work for a bit last weekend, I went to the Dallas area with some friends. It took us 6 & 1/2 hours to get there instead of 4, because of HORRIBLE traffic. But we made it. We stayed at my roommate’s aunt’s house in Plano, which is a suburb of Dallas. We ate at this cool cafe called Cafe Brazil when we arrived Friday night. Saturday we went to Kilgore College in east Texas to see my roommate’s old college and drill team. Drill team is a Texas thing, it incorporates dance and is categorized by high kicks. They all wear white cowboy boots, hats, and gauntlets. Kilgore Rangerettes was the first drill team ever created and it is a huge accomplishment to make the team. It is only a 2 year school and most Rangerettes want to coach high school drill teams after graduation. Some go on to be Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. We went into the Rangerettes Museum and I saw my roommate hanging on the walls in there. The football game was in Tyler.I got to see all the flat fields in East Texas and some of the oil derricks. The leaves were actually changing over in east Texas which is something you don’t really see here in south central Texas. We went out to dinner with some of my roommates old friends and then returned to Plano. We left early Sunday morning to head back to Austin. We stopped in Waco and drove around Baylor’s campus. We went into this famous bakery called Collin Street Bakery. It was so cute and delicious. I’ve decided I really like big cities, especially seeing them all lit up at night.I saw the giant revolving ball and many other huge buildings. Everyone in Texas tells me that every part of Texas is different which is so true. Even though I didn’t get to see a whole lot of Dallas, I liked the atmosphere there. I would love to go back!
This was at our first home football game a couple weeks ago. I had fun, but it was very different from USC games. The whole stadium wasn’t quite filled and it was much easier to get tickets. I also thought it was interesting that a lot of the students here do not go to the football games. I’m glad I already own a lot of garnet, even though it is known as maroon here :)