I finally made it to the actual city of San Antonio on Friday after our conference ended. My flight was leaving at 3pm the next day, so I had a little under 24 hours to see “touristy” stuff. My first stop was the Riverwalk:
The Riverwalk has a lot of restaurants and stores…that’s about it. Venice, it is not.
Next, I went to the Alamo:
I was actually surprised how small the Alamo was. For some reason, I thought it was a bit larger. I totally blame the Billy Bob Thornton movie for misleading me.
A very good friend of my family lives in San Antonio, so I stayed at her house on Friday night. Friday marked the beginning of “Fiesta”, a 10 day celebration to mark the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto. I’m not exactly sure what that is, because as a Californian I did not study Texas history, but if I remember the Billy Bob Thornton movie correctly, that’s when the Texans defeated General Santa Anna’s forces. Anyways, they have these big parties/carnivals where you eat a lot of Mexican food and drink Shiner Bock, which is a pretty good beer, for being American and all.
I should probably mention that I was absolutely floored at how nice everyone in Texan was. It was like a culture shock coming from a city overflowing with jackasses to one where everyone was genuinely polite. Now if only they wouldn’t make such poor choices in the voting booths…