Although I live in the heart of a big city, I like to live quietly, but I’m not used to country quiet. The kind of quiet where your neighbor is at least two acres away. The kind of quiet where you take out your earphones to listen to the sounds of trees rustling and water flowing over rocks. It’s mesmerizing. Life is slower out here and I quite like it.
Martindale is on the outskirts of Austin, TX. It’s also not too far from San Antonio so it’s a nice middle ground for visiting both big cities.
On a sunny October day somewhere by a lake in Texas, my oldest brother married the love of his life. Fidel and Florence met two years ago at a Depeche Mode concert which happens to be one of my brother’s favorite bands. In fact, the groom’s cake had the DM symbol on it. I was honored to have been their wedding photographer. To see their engagement pictures <<<CLICK HERE>>>
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever visit Japan. It just wasn’t on my bucket list, but one day as I was helping my mother go through her credit card statements I came across a strange charge. I asked her “What’s this?” To which she joyfully exclaimed “Oh yes! I bought a trip to Japan and I need you to come with me.” I said “What?!?!” Not once did she even mention the thought. It turns out that the insurance company she works with invites their employees and their families on international trips every six months so my mother thought it would be a great idea to visit.
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If you find yourself in Houston with nothing to do why not head out to visit Battleship Texas? I’ve been there twice and still haven’t explored the whole ship. The story of the ship is fascinating. It’s the only surviving battleship that’s been in both world wars and now rests on the waters of Buffalo Bayou, about 30 minutes east of downtown Houston. Grab a bite at the nearby Monument Inn Restaurant where one can enjoy a meal and watch boats, cargo ships, and ferries go by.