texan travels

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This post has been a long time coming, considering I arrived back in the UK well over a week ago. I've just been so busy with one thing and another that I haven't got round to it yet. But I'm getting round to it now, so all's good.

At the beginning of September I spent ten days visiting my sister who's currently in Texas, living with her fiancé. It was the first time I had ever had to negotiate an airport and a plane by myself, and I nearly managed to miss my flight on the way over, but I made it! I can safely say that I much prefer flying on a larger plane - the turbulence, which is what I have trouble with, is so different. A ten hour flight isn't the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it was certainly worth it, even if just for the nice weather!

I have always wanted to visit America. But it's always been New York City and, more recently, the national parks. Texas was everything I wasn't expecting America to be, and I think that's a good thing. There's so much space. So much space. Especially when you're used to living in England. And it's so hot. Just hot air. You open a door and get hit by a wall of it. I mean, I've been to hot places before, but this was something else. I was grateful for air conditioning, I can tell you that!

We definitely had lots of adventures - swimming in lakes, visiting the zoo, the botanical gardens, the stockyards, a rodeo - and I ate so much amazing food. You don't know what you're missing. Seriously. It's amazing. If I lived out there I would quadruple in size. Maybe even more. It's just all so tasty. Oh, and the thrift shops. THE THRIFT SHOPS. They are glorious.

Here are a few photos of said adventures.
Fort Worth Stockyards, where you feel a sudden overwhelming urge to become a cowboy. As if you didn't feel that already. This place is awesome. It's a massive throwback, and when you're in the station you feel like there should be trains and cowboys and it should be the 1800s again.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. This place is so beautiful, and that's in the summer when it's so hot that things can't even grow very well. I'd love to visit in the spring.
Dallas Zoo! My sister and her fiancé absolutely love the zoo, and I'm with them! How can you not love all the cool animals and stuff? It was pretty hot being out in the sun all day, but it was definitely worth it - just look at these guys!
The Stockyards Rodeo. I can't even explain what this is like. You've got to see it to believe it. But insane is probably a good way of describing it. These guys are nuts.
On my last full day we went for a swim in the beautiful Waxahachie lake, which is literally a five minute drive from where they live. I am so jealous - it's amazing there! Though my sister didn't tell me that fish live in it, and I was pretty scared by one that jumped out of the water behind me. But it gave us a giggle, so what the hell!
This is possibly my favourite photo ever. My sister, her fiancé, and myself loving life at the rodeo. It just brings a smile to my face every time that I look at it.

All being well I'll be back over there in six months or so to celebrate my sister's wedding. Dear America, she's a lovely person really. Can you just let her in?

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