Remember the Alamo!

Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
Trip End Oct 02, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Monday, September 13, 2010

Apologies for not being more original with the title, but we will remember it, after the serendipitous stopover we had in San Antonio this night.

We'd been travelling through Arizona through last night, and crossed the state line into Texas early this morning. We wouldn't leave Texas until the next morning just before breakfast to finally enter Louisiana - that's how big the states are around here! This afternoon, the conductor mentioned that we would have a stopover in San Antonio, that would be much longer than the usual 5-10 minutes. The stop would, in fact, be 2.5 hours while they split the train in two to allow some of the passengers to go off on another route.

That gave us time to get off the train and find a bar to have a drink or something, and as San Antonio is fairly big, there would be places open, even though we were stopping at 9:30pm - 11:55pm local time. I found out from another passenger that the historic Alamo is only a few blocks from the train station (Thanks, Paul).

So, figuring there would be enough bars to frequent in New Orleans the next night (there were), we opted to go and find the historic Alamo. It turned out to be well signposted, and it just so happened that the last tourguide talk about it was about to take place as we arrived. So Monte, a local council-appointed guide, told us all about the battle for the independence of Texas from Mexico that resulted in the Alamo battle, and how this resulted in Texas being first independent, then eventually part of the United States. A former elected member of the US senate and frontiersman, David (Davy) Crockett, was killed there along with Jim Bowie, and the rest, as they say, etc.

It was a real bonus to be sitting in Alamo plaza on a warm Texas night, listening to the stories of what happened right where we were sitting - I love moments like that, and this will be one of the highlights of the trip so far.

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neil on

that would have been awsome

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