I was super excited when a good friend of mine (Natty), let me know that she wanted to come and see us somewhere in the US. She was working for a few weeks up in Minnesota and we were down in Texas. Dallas turned out to be the easiest place for us to meet.
So what do we know about Dallas? Nat: “All I know is that you will be there, and Khloe Kardashian lived there!” Perfect! Now we know a few other things too. We immersed ourselves in the local culture, driving on their crazy layered freeways, eating fried food and watching football….lots of football.
It was a fun weekend!! Dallas itself isn’t the most beautiful city, although we probably didn’t see enough of it to come to any legitimate conclusions. We spent most of our time on the outskirts…tailgating in car parks and staying in cheap hotels.
The Texas State Fair was on that weekend. The big draw for us was that this was also where a massive university football grudge match was being played. Texas V Oklahoma. It would be the equivalent of a Western Derby at the Perth Royal Show….or the Oilers playing the Flames at the Calgary Stampede. Crazy. Tickets were too expensive, so we tailgated up a storm and watched the game from the sports bar outside.
The Texas State Fair also has a ridiculous, but awesome, fried food competition. The grossest thing we saw was fried butter. I’m not sure how this is a good idea, in any way. There was also fried thanksgiving dinner and fried pumpkin pie. We introduced Natty to some North American delicacies (also mostly fried)…like hot wings (how will I live without them!!), BBQ pulled pork and corn dogs.
With bellies full of grease and empty wallets, we decided that it was probably best to head back to the van to nurse our headaches and whip up some dinner.
On Sunday we hit the trails for some brown bus boot camp. Our van visitors always kick our butts. Nat’s weapon of choice was running hills. But first, we got lost in the woods.
That night we had tickets to the Cowboys V Redskins NFL game. We got the “Party Passes” which are the real cheap standing tickets. It’s more about just being at the game for the atmosphere, and the expensive beer. If you get to the balcony early enough for a front row position, the view is awesome. Otherwise, you have to peek over other people’s shoulders and watch the big screen.
It was so great to see Natty!! It was a really hard decision to leave Canada; however, every time I see my friends from home it reminds me that we have lots to look forward to when we get back there.
Nat’s alarm went off at 4am on Monday morning so she could catch her flight and make it back to work in time. We had got to bed sometime after 1am. In that moment I was sure glad it wasn’t me…..not for a while yet anyway.