highlights from San Antonio

1. i’ll tell you one thing they do right in Texas: sangria.

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yes, i shared that with the other 3 members of my family. plus a second pitcher, at a cute little Mexican restaurant right on the River Walk. this is our idea of quality fam time.

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and then were all in bed by 9:30pm. big drinkers, Huss fam.

2. the Alamo. talk about a lesson in history humility: i wasn’t even certain where the Alamo was until i got here and the taxi driver told me it was just blocks from our hotel. so for those of you who don’t know, it’s in San Antonio (you’re welcome). looks like i need to brush up on my US History. it was cool to visit such a monumental spot, even though it represents a heartbreaking battle for the US.

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3. the River Walk. this charming rambling walk along the river right downtown is definitely a highlight of San Antonio, and we were fortunate that our hotel was right on it. it’s a lovely, winding path along a canal-like river that’s teeming with tour boats, and the walk is lined with restaurants and shops and bars and hotels. it’s a beautiful little piece of magic in the middle of a big city, and i have a feeling that i’d spend a lot of time here if i lived in San Antonio (tourists and all).

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4. cowboys and carriages. downtown is dotted with these fairytale-esque horse and carriages straight out of Cinderella, which are lit up at night and add a touch of romance to the streets. i’m pretty sure i made an almost-spectacle about wanting to ride in one as we walked to the salsa clubs one night…and then turned down the guy who suggested we go in one later because i couldn’t bear to give up some of my precious salsa time. that may or may not have been something i’ll regret.

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and these guys were just begging for a blog photo, standing like this on the street corner mid-day, trying to persuade people to come into their “saloon.” the New Yorker in me loved everything about this bit of Texas theatrics.

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5. family time. we’ve gone on countless vacations together, to scores of cities and states, and one thing always remains the same: the four of us really enjoy our family vacations and never fail to have an absolute blast together. from dressing up for the awards banquet to my mom coming in top 20 (out of hundreds) in the company poker tournament, to Ry and i exploring the city for salsa joints and making new friends that we wish all lived nearby, we always leave with amazing memories and wish life could just be one big traveling vaca. or maybe that’s just my personal dream/ultimate life goal/fantasy.

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so long, San Antonio — i won’t soon forget you, or the faces and places i stumbled upon. it’s been a time, and i hope to return.

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Questions:
Where have you traveled to most recently?
Any favorite US cities?

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i’m not sure if everything’s bigger…

but it sure is fun to be in Texas and take a lil break from “real life”! i always love a good little get-away, and i’ll take any chance i can to experience a new city for the first time. there are sooooo many great cities in the US that i’ve yet to visit, so i’m happy to say that i can now knock San Antonio, Texas off my list, as i’m currently here!

menothing like a fun lil family vaca, even if i do have two big final papers to write over the weekend. i’m currently sitting in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt downtown, which is spacious and nice and a rather comfortable place to be writing a 10+ pager. if i have to be working on finals, this isn’t the wooooorst place to do it:

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i like pretty much everything about traveling: airports, seeing sunsets and beautiful skies out of a plane window, visiting new cities and hanging in new hotels. but i have a special “travel place” for our annual family trips that revolve around my dad’s conventions. we’ve been going on them since i was a little girl, and i’ve gotten to experience so many cool places this way. this year, it happened to be in San Antonio, and our hotel is riiiiight on the famed River Walk. i made it out this morning for an early (although still extremely humid) run and hit the River Walk before it was teeming with people, and it was quite lovely.

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it’s quaint, charming, and clean, lined on both sides with restaurants, bars, and shops. i’m sure it’s a huge tourist spot, but i can see why the locals are proud of this place as well. the only thing that disappointed me is that none of the 3,457 Mexican restaurants offer salsa dancing! whatttt??

i haven’t been here long enough to do much exploring, but i’m hoping to get out and get some dancing done tonight (the bro and i are avidly searching for places), and have some more pictures of the River Walk to share with you soon.

Questions:
Ever been to Texas? If so, which city, and what was the best part about it? If not, where do you want to go?  i’ve only been to Dallas once before, which was fun, and i reallllly want to hit Austin. i’ve heard it’s right up my alley and that i’ll love everything about that crazy city!

thankful Thursday: the MayDay edition.

happy MayDay, lovelies.

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May just feels like Spring. it feels like flowers and blue skies and an end to this 6-month Winter we’ve had in NY; it feels like picnics in Central Park and the beginning of a tan; like patios and open-toed shoes and walking to work without a jacket. it feels like a rebirth to a world of light, of flower-scented air and blossoms on these city streets.

i’m a bit excited for this month, in case you can’t tell. so today, i’m thankful for a new month, and especially for these things:

*my first Yankee game of the season tonight with great friends. fun fact for you: i’m such a baseball fan. although SF has always been my team because it’s my dad’s team, i love to go to Yanks games as often as possible.

*a family trip to San Antonio next week! (anyone been? it’s my first time, and i always love going to new cities! if you’ve been, let me know your favorite things about it/fave places to go.)

*the Brooklyn Half on May 17. i ran this last year for the first time and had an awesome race, and it’s still my PR for a half marathon. it’s a great course, mostly flat, running all through Brooklyn and ending on Coney Island. so great. and a few of my girlfriends are running it this year, which will be awesome. if anyone local is looking for an entry, one of my friends is selling hers, so please let me know!

*Mother’s Day. i love to celebrate my mom every day, but having a day set aside to specifically love and honor her makes me so happy. moms are just the best things ever, and i have a very exceptional one. couldn’t ask for better.

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*more outdoor running! the weather here usually gets much better in May, so i’ll be outdoors pretty much exclusively. finally.

*BBQs. and patios. but currently mainly excited for my friend’s Kentucky Derby/May kickoff BBQ on Saturday in her backyard. so clutch to have space in NYC.

*spring clothes! can’t wait to wear the cute stuff again.

*white wine spritzers. i know, i know — laugh all you want. but i love these things and always look forward to re-introducing them into my life come the warm weather.
Your turn!

Tell me what you’re looking forward to in May, or something you’re thankful for this week.