During my stay in Texas, I hoped to meet cowboys but to my disappoitment, there were none striding down the country roads, coming out of bars, just like what I had seen in classic western movies. Damn Clint Eastwood! You broke my heart!
Continuing from the previous list, once I left Arlington, I hit:
8. Houston, Texas (Nasa Space Center)
9. Austin, Texas (Downtown)
10. San Antonio, Texas (Riverwalk, Bass Pro Shop)
11. El Paso, Texas
My favourite stops were definitely Nasa in Houston and USA Military Base in El Paso. San Antonio's riverwalk was also nice, the restaurants on the water were romantic. In El Paso, I went to Cattleman Steakhouse for dinner where I had the most amazing ribs and steak. It was everything they say about ribs/steak here in Texas. Five stars indeed.
Enjoy the pics!
Houston, we have a problem!
I have always felt an attraction for things that are unusually large in size, that exert strength and exist for a purpose beyond just living. Needles to say, space and everything that comes with it fascinates me.
My day at Nasa was a humbling experience. To see those men and women at work, making sure our planet stays ahead of what might be coming our way, makes me feel warm and tingly inside. An inspiring visit, it motivates me to make a difference in this world.
Keep in mind, the following images of Nasa's base are the real deal. This is where todays astronauts live, breath and train for space.
Drove through Austin, it's main attraction is 6th street, loaded with restaurants and bars. Spent about half a day there.
San Antonio, Texas
In terms of cuteness, my favourite town in Texas was San Antonio. It makes a great romantic day/evening trip for couples.
El Paso, Texas
It was hot hot hot! Ok... moving on. I love the desert (only when I'm visiting lol), I specially enjoyed taking photographs.
Fort Bliss: USA Military Base
Visiting the USA military base, catching a glimpse of the army trucks, tanks and altirary was exhilarating. I think I might have been in the army or navy in my past life, I feel so alive around powerful athletic machines.
Next post will be on my adventures in New Mexico & Arizona. Make sure to follow me on Instagram for realtime photos!
Before going into my roadtrip blog, a quick update on the previous post about weight loss, I am happy to say I have so far lost 35LBS and still counting!
OK - Roadtrip? Acorss North America? Crazy huh? I say as long as 911 works, I'm good!
Few nights ago, I sat down on the edge of my bed, feeling utterly uninspired by life. I thought either I get out and find an exciting new adventure OR I sit around like a broccoli.... You can guess what happened next :)
I have so far been to
And now I am in Houston. There doesn't seem to be much going on here, heading to Nasa Space Center soon, then I will move on to Austin. Enjoy photos and video's from the road!
Boston - Massachusetts
I didn't spend much time in Boston because I was in such a hurry to get away from the east coast. I really needed a new environment and being in a city that felt so close to what I experience on daily basis was irritating. My one main stop was Harvard, I had to see what it was all about and sadly, aside from exterior viewing, everything indoors was off limits to non-students, security set ups were very tight, I couldn't get into most of the buildings. Once I left Harvard University, I drove through downtown Boston which is like any other major cosmopolitan city, few minutes downtown then I was on my way to the south...
Yale University, New Haven - Connecticut
OK, this is going to sound silly but I really wanted to see Yale because of Rory. You ask who Rory is? Well she was a character from a show called Gilmore girls (2000 to 2007). As a teen/young adult, I grew up watching Rory. Rory spent all of her high school years working hard to get into Harvard (which she did eventually) but once she toured Yale and Harvard before making her final decision, she decided Yale was the best place for her. This television drama was a source of inspiration growing up, it's available on Netflix, you should watch it ;) ... Anyways, it was just an hour stop, I didn't take a lot of pics, here are just a few...
Baltimore - Maryland
Baltimore was another quick stop on my way to Nashville. I was in a rush to make it further south, needed hot weather and lots of sun and away from everything that felt like the east coast.
Nashville - Tennessee
You will notice reading and looking through my photo blog, a lot of my destinations are inspired by some of my favourite television shows. Nashville, is actually a television series that is on air right now. It is all about Nashville living, country music and these wonderful characters that share music in common. So I just had to come here...
New Orlean, Louisiana
A road trip without a stop in New Orleans is not a roadtrip. I mean, Hello! It's Nola town baby! All that jazz, food and charming characters are not to go missed! I absolutely loved New Orleans, I can't wait to go back with some friends and visit the swamps, tour the plantations and hit some blues bar!
Dallas, Arlington & Fort Worth - Texas
I expected so much more, I think growing up watching westerns really twisted my vision of what Texas really is, or was, but it definitely not is what I thought was, makes sense? I thought I'de see tons of trendy western boutiques, handsome cowboys walking around and horses. I was far off from reality. It was kinda 'empty', most places are quite with the exception of few streets here in there. Not a big downtown, not a lot of big action. Just little pockets of activities here and there. That being said, I did discover my favourite rock country musicians performing in Fort Worth, scroll down to see the Stars of Nashville!
Concert in Texas: Stars of Nashville!
If you don't know 'Nashville' the television series, stop reading this blog now, and get on Netflix! Nashville is one of my favourite current TV dramas, it has everything a girl like me can dream of; romance, country music and great characters! Needless to say, when Charles and Clare were near by, I had to go see them perform live!
How to Crack An Oyster Open The Nola Way :)
If you don't know, because I didn't, New Orleans speciality is Oyster! They harvest oysters all year round and most restaurants have a page full of oysters prepared differently, all very delicious. I ordered the seafood stuffed baked oyster and it was indeed fantastic. This guy killed my oysters right in front of me, talk about fresh seafood!
I'm in Houston Texas now... will be blogging later this week for part II of this post. Don't forget to follow me on Periscope for live roadtrip broadcasts! Cheers.
Early in December (of 2014), I decided it was time to get my head back in the game and shed off all the weight I gained after my spinal injury... and needless to say, I'm doing great!
In fact, I'm doing so great, that I am halfway to my first milestone... (I have 4 Milestones setup). I'm terribly excited for this summer, I just know it will be a LEAN & MEAN summer.... Let's take a look...
My greatest motivation right now is Fitbit. The weekly challenges constantly keep me on my toes and I'm always pushing my cardio training further.
I feel like I have finally gotten over my scoliosis and excruciating back pain days. I cannot believe that I can walk around the city for hours again and not feel pain. I thought those days were over.
I'm back :)
The best adjective to describe my family is 'Scatter'. We are scattered geographically, morally, emotionally, culturally, religiously... you name it, we're all over the place with it.
Growing up, my parents were always borderline traditional and modern. Whether the tradition was religion based, holidays, Eid, New year, whatever... we didn't quite know what to celebrate because we tend to be in different countries at different times of the year, barely ever all together. My parents struggled between raising their kids with Iranian tradition and cultural values while us, the kids, were raised in western society among western friends, in a liberal setting.
This christmas, for the first time in a long time, my siblings and I were all in the same city. Our parents of course in a different country, so I decided, it's time to make christmas part of the many traditions I plan to adopt in my lifetime.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday!
Before I started this blog or Fitbit, I lived in this constant FEAR of failing. Failing to lose weight, failing to get better, failing to recover from my back injury... THEN, when I hit rock bottom, like total bottom, where the world is dark and the sun no longer exists, I started climbing back up... I've blogged about my road to recovery in an earlier post so I won't get into it but I just came across this quote and OMG, I totally feel like I am flying now.
You can do it, you just need to believe.
Dig deep, and find whatever it takes to believe.
I've always been the type to visually document everything I do...
My new tool to stay motivated & on track with my weight loss journey is ... drum rolls please...
I love Fitbit. Mainly because it works with my competitive personality. Being on an application where you measure daily activity level and can compare it to your friends motivates you to keep pushing forward and get in the most steps. I love it. It puts me in a cyber team environment, sharing a common goal! This wearable technology stuff really works!
Bottom line is this: we all face weight loss, or weight gain challenges in life. The best way to go about dealing with it is to find a way where your can make it fun. Blogging about my weight loss is stimulating, creating mood boards is exciting, competing with my friends to get the most steps is thrilling.
Find your way, get engaged with your friends! Buy Fitbit and add me!!!