It was time for another US destination, and this time to Houston, Texas. The US is starting to become my favourite destination to visit, despite the long flights! Our scheduled flight time was 15 hours 30 minutes, however, that turned into 17 hours and 2 minutes – the longest flight I have ever done!! We were circling around Houston for over an hour due to bad weather so it turned out to be a pretty long day!
Luckily there were some restaurants right next to the hotel, so as soon as I arrived, I changed and went out for some dinner.
I slept around 10pm after such an exhausting day, but then of course, I was wide awake around 6am due to the time difference! I stayed in bed for a few hours then arranged to meet up with one of the girls from my flight to visit NASA. It was pouring with rain but we dragged ourselves out and then took an Uber to the Johnson Space Centre which was a 40 minute drive away.
We bought our entrance tickets and then walked around the main centre. There is a tram tour included in the ticket so we queued up for this and then made our way onto the tram. It was still raining and the tram was open so we bought ourselves some ponchos and then began the tour.
The tour was so interesting and we stopped off at lots of different locations to learn about the work that goes on here at the Space Centre. Our first stop was the Control Room where we got to watch flight controllers monitor the activities in the International Space Station. We then visited the Astronaut Training Facility where NASA astronauts train for current missions.
After, we went to the Rocket Park which displays Saturn V – the tallest, heaviest and most powerful rocket ever flown. NASA used the colossal Saturn V rockets primarily during the Apollo program to send Americans to the Moon.
After the tram tour, we went back inside the main centre and walked around the museum learning all about NASA and the different missions. We went outside to the see the Independence Plaza which is a space shuttle mounted on a Boeing 737 used as an original shuttle carrier aircraft.
After NASA, we had decided to go shooting as Hillary did it in Dallas and said it was brilliant, so I was keen to try it out. I found a place online called Top Gun which is voted as the best shooting range in Houston so we took an Uber there.
We told the reception which kind of shooting we wanted to do, and then they gave us a little introductory lesson on the guns and how to use them. We signed the waiver and then we were let loose in the range with our gun! It was so scary when we entered the range and the sound of the shots was deafening – even with the ear muffs on!
I found it terrifying to be honest and can’t say I particularly enjoyed it, but it was definitely an experience I won’t forget! I couldn’t believe the family next to us, there was a young girl (no more than 8 or 9 years old) shooting by herself, so confidently! I’m glad I did it, but I don’t think I’ll be going back to do it again anytime soon!
After that, we drove back to the hotel, and stopped off at an Italian restaurant nearby for some dinner. We both had ravioli and then walked back to the hotel around 8pm. After a long day walking around in the rain, all I wanted to do was have a nice relaxing bath and put on a face mask – the perfect ending to such a good day!
The next morning, a couple of us decided to go Memorial City Mall as our hotel has a shuttle bus that takes us there. I really wanted to get some authentic Texan Cowboy boots and I found a couple of stores that sold them, but I really didn’t like the look of them on me! They would be great in Texas, but I don’t think I could get away with wearing them anywhere else! Instead, I walked around, bought some makeup in Sephora and stopped for some lunch at Chick-fil-A.
It was then time to say goodbye to Houston after an incredible 48 hours in the city! I had such a good layover and cannot wait to fly to Dallas and see a bit more of Texas. I found the people in Texas so friendly and welcoming, and I absolutely love their accents. Now for the 15 hour flight back to Dubai…
Thanks for reading.
Kerry May xo