TX, USA

I have to say, the weather this past week has been a massive disappointment. Honestly, it shouldn’t be a surprise for a British summer, but the contrast with Texas has made it all the more depressing!

This time on our trip across the pond, we spent a week at a beach house in Galveston (on the east coast of Texas), which was great fun. It was a bit of a change, as we usually stay at my grandparents’ house in Austin, which we only did for the second week we were there. The beach house was right near the sea, which was fantastic, and we shared with my aunt, uncle, and two cousins. Despite only living an hour away from them in England, we actually end up spending the most time with them halfway across the world!

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Although I love visiting Austin, we have been many times, so it was great to have some different things to do in Galveston. Near to where we were staying was Moody Gardens – a name we constantly made fun of – where there were exhibits and attractions. We ended up on the old-style paddleboat, which took us around the ‘bayou’ (SO southern!). We also fitted in a trip to NASA at Houston, where we saw the old mission control among other things, and  day out at Schlitterbahn, a massive water park. The Tuesday night was Kemah boardwalk and some awesome steak for dinner, and the trip wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the nearest outlet mall, where I *might* have picked up a Michael Kors tote bag….

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We said goodbye to my aunt, uncle and cousins at the end of the first week, and made our way over to Austin. On the way back, we managed to squeeze in a stop at a creperie near Houston, another at a Dairy Queen, and of course at another outlet mall after that.

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Our week in Austin was slightly more relaxed. We spent a lot of time by the pool, and only slightly less time at the local Krispy Kreme (a slight exaggeration. But only slight). I also spent an awful lot of time in various Sephora stores, where I managed to make about 5 different purchases. We ate out every night, which I was a massive fan of, and generally just had a great time.

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Of course, it all went by so fast. Before I knew it, we were back on a plane home, with the only upside being that we flew home on a brand new Dreamliner. Back in England, my tan has quickly faded and if it weren’t for all the new things I bought I might almost have forgotten that we’d been away… :’)

In actuality, it was a very memorable trip, getting all of the family together, and spending time doing both exciting and relaxing activities. It might be a long way off, but I can’t wait to go back to the US. A lot of people wouldn’t want to visit the same place again, but I’ll be returning to Austin for many years to come.

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