Big D!

Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Friday, December 11, 2009

We were a little on edge as we arrived in Dallas, as the lad sat next to me on the bus informed me that his mate had been shot in the head whilst waiting at the bus station to collect him!  When our bus arrived we got straight into a taxi and were whisked off to the Old Monk bar where we were to meet Ramano, our couch surfing host for the next two nights.  Ramano was there with a group of other couch surfing hosts from Dallas, they are good friends and often meet up for beers.  Upon our arrival we were treated like the guests of honour, and we had a great time with them all, and sank beers till the wee small hours.  We passed through a burger bar on the way home and sat up with Ramano, luckily he had the day off work the next day!

Ramano is a great host, he showed us all around Dallas the next day, and even arranged for his chef friend Jen to cook us a authentic Texan steak for lunch.  We had met her the night before, and were expecting to be dining at a fancy resteraunt, but we were surprised to find out that she was in fact head chef at a fancy othopedic hospital downtown!  This hospital was like no other I have seen before, more like a 5-star hotel.  Jen had our steaks waiting for us as we arrived and we chowed down in her office, which was a little odd, but the steak was devine!  She informed us that they always have a supply of steak on standby as they often get a Dallas Cowboy football player come in with a bust joint, and they demand steak for dinner!  So free steak for us!

We spent the afternoon at the Sixth Floor Museum, this is a fantastic display on 6th floor of the former book dipository building from which Lee Harvey Oswald (allegadly) fired the shots that killed the President John F Kennedy.  The museum is very detailed, and the recreation of the snipers nest is very chilling to obsereve.  All the conspiracy theory angles are covered, and it is left up to you to decide what really happened.  I have my ideas, but I will not share them now as it can take a while to go over!

We spent our second night out eating pizza at a cool local joint with Ramano, before sinking a few beers at a studenty type place full of 80's arcade machines.  The final day intown was spent at fairs park, which is a pretty poor collection of museums downtown.  We thanked Ramano for being an amazing host and guide before boarding the Greyhound again and making our way to Memphis Tenessee, home of Elvis!
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