Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Texas

Months of planning and a fairly long flight and Ben and I landed in Texas to visit Shreena and Krishna.

Texas March 2015

Arriving on Thursday evening, Ben and I had very little energy for much except to excitedly greet our good friends and hungrily munch the pasta that Shreena made us before going to bed at about 4am UK time.

The next day, after a bit of a lie-in, we headed out with Krishna to visit the San Jacinto monument which commemorates the site of the battle of San Jacinto, the decisive battle of the Texas revolution. It is the world's tallest masonry column. On our way we stopped for lunch at Chick-Fil-A, which was as tasty as Krishna promised it would be.

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

We wanted to go up to the top but the lift wasn't working, sadly, so we nipped across to quickly see the battleship and then we had to make a quick run back to the house because Ben had forgotten his ID and we were trying to make a boat-tour of the port.

Texas March 2015

We got to the port just in time to see the tour-boat drive by...which was pretty funny. So we went bowling instead.

Texas March 2015

We also found out what it means when you say 'yes' to wanting your coronas 'dressed'.

Texas March 2015

Haha! We hit the arcade before heading back to see Shreena and going out for dinner.

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

The next day was all hands on deck to prepare for Shreena's baby shower on Sunday. So, after a morning of sticking and hanging, Shreena and I disappeared to do a bit of shopping and to get a mani-pedi! The next day, the baby shower was a-go!

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

There were games, drinks and general joviality! Not to mention some seriously tasty food and cocktails.

Texas March 2015

The next day, Krishna took us Western shopping. Seriously, so many cowboy boots! And then we went to Saint Arnold's brewery.

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Krishna told us the story of Saint Arnold...but I've totally forgotten it. I'll have to update this when I get a chance to chat to him. After a couple of these tasty brews though, we headed out to the RODEO!

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015



The next day, we went to Athena gun club. Shooting, being one of those things that you definitely cannot do in England, was one of the things I was really keen to do in the US. Now I will fully admit it freaked us out how readily we were handed guns in this club, but you can have a really good time shooting when you do so safely. And that's exactly what we did.

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

I will say that the first time you fire a gun, it is pretty scary. But for the most part we really enjoyed ourselves!


And the next day, on our ten day holiday of cramming everything we want to do in Texas into ten days, we went to NASA.

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

NASA was absolutely awesome. We missed out on the tour to the control room, but we went on the 'red tour' which was pretty awesome in itself - you got to see the mock up room where all the astronauts train in replicas of the actual spacecraft. The next day...I forget. But on our way there we went to see some giant Beatles.

Texas March 2015

And then we hit the arcade. Because we love our arcades.

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Ben destroyed me on the lights out game. And then him and Krishna put their shooting skills to practice.

Texas March 2015

Later, we headed over to Austin. Where we went out to Pluckers which is this amazing chicken wing place.

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Where they were also playing bingo, which none of us won, though we cam close a few times.

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

That green drink was delicious! After this we headed out for some drinks!

Texas March 2015

Pretty awesome bar this one. We hit another one but...we were having too much fun to take pictures. The next day, Krishna and Shreena took us round Krishna's university campus.

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Ben bought me a cuddly Bevo. This is the university mascot. Krishna told us where the name came from. Apparently...and I hope this is right...a rival team stole the bull after a defeat and branded the score 13-0 onto the bull. The university changed it to Bevo. After a day of enjoying the weather and wandering around, Krishna took us to Salt Lick - the best damn BBQ ever.

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

Texas March 2015

We chilled and made the most of seeing Shreena and Krishna before we had to leave. And were very pleased to find out that the birth of little Mia Avni followed not too long after we left. 

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