More America

America Extravaganza 2013 continued with a trip to Austin on Tuesday. I had plenty of things to show Ju, and Austin can’t really be done in one day. But we made a good effort.

First, we walked through the UT campus so I could show Ju where I got my masters.

The UT Tower

The UT Tower

We took a little walk down the Drag where I noticed, for the first time, this mural in the little artists’ square, where you can recognize the major cities of Texas.

El Paso

El Paso

Austin

Austin (you can easily recognize the capitol and the UT tower)

San Antonio (with the Alamo and the Tower of the Americas)

San Antonio (with the Alamo and the Tower of the Americas)

This must be Houston.

This must be Houston.

The artists

The artists

Then we went to Torchy’s Tacos which was as usual amazing.

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After buying a dress next door and taking another trip to Amy’s Ice Cream (for a real milkshake), I showed Ju where I used to live and we drove down to the Greenbelt.

We were looking for rock-climbing, not so much to try since J didn’t have his equipment, but to get a look around. We found some of the walls but no bouldering. The creek-bed was totally dry. It was a bit eerie.

Me in the middle of the creek

Me in the middle of the creek

Ju on a waterfall.

Ju on a waterfall.

I’m not sure but I think this must be a result of the endless drought that’s happening in Texas.

Yesterday we were back in San Antonio, so we went to the Botanical Gardens since J seems to have endless questions about plant and animal life here and I have no answers. We saw some original Texas homes, native plants, cacti, turtles, and ducks, as well as the new super cool birdwatching spot.

Cactus

Cactus

Turtles sunning on a log

Turtles sunning on a log

An old East Texas log cabin

An old East Texas log cabin

Then last night we went to a Spurs game. It was my first professional basketball game. We got a free hot dog, drink, and chips with entry. Fortunately we went to Five Guys for lunch yesterday so Ju could taste a good American hot dog because the one at the game was pretty sad.

They lost, 101-104, in overtime.

They lost, 101-104, in overtime.

Today’s our last day so we’re taking it easy, doing laundry, eating lunch with my mom, being sad (me more than Ju who has by now spent almost three weeks in Texas).

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2 thoughts on “More America

  1. do you want the other SA landmarks on the Austin mural? The city library (the red pueblo building), Tower Life, next to the Municipal Auditorium (the orange dome with columns), the Emily Morgan Hotel (leftmost), where a maid fell to her sad death recently in an open elevator shaft (she backed into it with her cart—can you believe), but i don’t know the blue building or the silver bullet thingy. the red church has to be the San Fernando cathedral but it’s not really that red

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