Making the best of a last minute trip
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North America6 days / February 2020
Highs & Lows
Being able to do so much is a few days.
It was much colder than expected.
After some time reviewing universities online, it was about time to go check some of them out in person, this led to a short but great trip which gave me and my family some time to spend together in amazing places and doing great stuff.
Our main location was Houston, this great and incredibly big city. Everything about this city amazed me, from the suburban locations with beautiful houses, to the skyscrapers buried among the clouds and fog that descends upon the city.
We stayed near the airport which was slightly far from downtown, so we took this as a chance to rent a car so we could move around much better. This way, we were able to drive all around town, enjoying every corner. The city was incredible, with fun places to shop and visit; just walking around The Galleria could take you a whole day, making your way through the maze and taking the chance to walk over to the nearby stores. After a long day of walking and driving around we found ourselves stumbling upon a great restaurant which was the best surprise we could have: Perry’s. Still, for me one of the most incredible things was being able to visit the absolutely majestic Jones Hall for a concert with the Houston Symphony; I´m still not sure what amazed me most, the beautiful music or the size of the beautiful hall.
Seeing as we had a car and some time in our hands, we chose to drive a while for a couple of days. The first daytrip we made was to the spectacular Johnson Space Center to the south of the city. This is one of the headquarters for NASA, where command center lies and there is a great museum for everyone to enjoy being close to the rockets and so many artifacts that have travelled beyond. Even when we had the chance to be up close to the Saturn V and even a Falcon 9, the most amazing thing for me was to meet and talk to a man who actually worked in the command center for the Apollo missions. This was enough to make the trip worth while.
The next day we had free, we chose to do something a little bit different. Seeing as we were just under an hour away from Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, we drove over to spend the day relaxing and walking through nature. Spending the day walking through the Willows Trail, Hackberry Trail and chilling by the Est Bay Bayou Tract, was more than a dream come true. It really gave us a chance to stop everything and enjoy being with each other admiring the beauty of all the nature around us. I loved being able to see how each group of people enjoyed the park in different ways, from the adorable picnics to the fishers and hunters which were all regulated by the park. The place was filled with a sense of peace, wonder and life. This was an amazing stop to the rush of the cars and city.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would stay closer to the city itself.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
How was the food?
Great places of all types, I would totally recommend to try Perry’s.
What tips would you give a friend?
Check what you want to do beforehand so you’ll know if you need a car or not.
I had checked the weather before going on our trip and even though it was supposed to be warm, the wind blowing all day could chill you to the bone. Make sure to bring a warm jacket.
Seeing as the city was so huge, a car is definitely needed unless you stay somewhere downtown and don’t plan on going out that much.
I make most of my reservations on Expedia or directly on the hotel websites.