Houston Texas, Baby!

In 2010 I stumbled on the best deal I’ve ever seen in my lifetime:  Pay $500 and fly as much as you want on Jetblue for a month.  This was like buffet-style flights and my little heart was overjoyed!  I gladly handed over my money and came up with a plan to visit the places that I’ve always wanted to see. I visited Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Puerto Rico, and Florida over the course of a month and then the pass expired. It was one of the best experiences of my life, but thinking back on it made me realize that I blew a great opportunity!

I only traveled on weekends even though I was allowed to use my 18 paid-time-off days at work. In my mind, the company would suffer too much while I was gone so I didn’t want to leave at such a crucial time.  I also didn’t travel to any international destinations because it made me uncomfortable.  There were also times when I cancelled flights in order to stay home and lay in my bed because it took too much effort to pack and drive to the airport.  In the end, I missed out on what could’ve been a significantly more fruitful experience because I was overthinking things and I didn’t fully recognize the amazing opportunity that I had in front of me.

I once read that you’re more likely to regret the things that you don’t do rather than the things that you do. This became real for me when I realized that I missed out on the chance to fly to Aruba, Jamaica, Colorado, South Carolina, and Maine for free. After this realization, I try to constantly take advantage of every opportunity I have because the future is not promised.

My latest travel opportunity came a few weeks ago when I got to to fly on my favorite jet of all time, The Cessna Citation X, and visit one of the top cities on my to-visit list: Houston, Texas.  I was fortunate to stay at a wonderful artist’s loft, which had such great amenities such as a saltwater pool, a koi pond and a deaf dog.

Here are some photos from my trip:
Jet with a Tribal Tattoo

The Cessna Citation X

My Ride to Houston
They say that the Citation X is the fastest business jet of all time and can travel to almost Mach 1. Our top speed was about 575mph, but it has still earned itself a spot on my Christmas list this year.

Floating Walkway in a Koi Pond

Floating Walkway in a Koi Pond

Saltwater Pool

My Temporary Abode

My Temporary Abode

My Temporary Abode

Saltwater Pool

Great Traffic Lights
Houston has the COOLEST traffic lights

Best, Cheapest Sandwich EVER

Amazing Coffee

I went to a place called Les Givral’s Cafe that sold the best sandwich and coffee ever and the sandwich was only $3.75. The coffee seemed to be sweetened condensed milk mixed with espresso and ice. It made my tastebuds very happy. I loved that sandwich so much…

The Galleria Mall Ice Skating Rink

Shaved Ice with Condensed Milk

Lakewood Church

Houston Fountain

Shadow Exhibit

Houston Museum of Contemporary Art

The Houston Water Wall
This Water Wall outdoor exhibit was the most relaxing place to sit and read.

Houston was great…now I understand why Beyoncé mentions it so often in her songs!

  1. September 29, 2015 - Reply

    next time you’re in Houston let us know ! I see you were at our home church Lakewood ! Glad you loved the city !

    • September 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Gemma Browne

      I didn’t even know that you all lived out there! It would’ve been nice to see you. Will definitely drop you a line when I’m back in the area!