Wakawaka – Guess where?
A lot of your responses were quite close, some were interesting and others outright funny (e.g. my village, Sambisa Forest :D, Abeg o!) .
The high column behind me is 567.31ft tall and is known as the San Jacinto Monument. The monument is topped with a 10m Lone star – the symbol of Texas (The Lone Star State). The San Jacinto Monument was built between 1936 and 1939 to commemorate the Battle of San Jacinto and is the world’s tallest masonry tower (Tower of Babel thingz).
The monument is dedicated to the “Heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and all others who contributed to the independence of Texas.” Within the column is an elevator to the observation deck for a picturesque view of Houston and the Battleship Texas – USS Texas (BB-35) in front of which I had my ‘titanic moment’.
So….…Ugochi where is it located?
Answer – The San Jacinto Monument is located on the Houston Ship Channel, Harris County (near the city of Houston), Texas, United States. Its registered address is 3523 Independence Parkway South, La Porte, TX 77571. (Latitude: 29.75157, Longitude: -95.089694)
My Quick 12 Tips for Houston, Texas
1. Free Wi-fi – On arriving at IAH, Houston, enjoy the free wi-fi and inform your family back home you have arrived safely. Also send out a whatsapp message to your family waiting to pick you up at arrivals. 😀
2. Declare it – To declare or not to declare. As a typical igbo babe, and Naija for life sis, I usually fly with some good old local food and spices eg. Cameroon pepper, Auchi groundnut etc. I soo do not need the embarrassment of being pulled out of the line because one small bloodhound doesn’t like the smell of my luggage. I declare on the declaration form (usually given on the plane) that I have food. When I get to the declaration area, I explain and show exactly what I have. At all times, I have been treated courteously and after the search been allowed to continue on my merry way.
3. Leaving the Airport – In the arrival hall, I seek out the supershuttle service. They are the cheapest option available after someone making the journey to pick you up. Travelling solo, use the bus. Travelling as a party, use one of their saloon cars. No wahala.
4. Where to Worship? – I have been watching Joel Osteen on TBN forever. Guess what? Lakewood Church is in Houston!! I recommend a visit.
5. Where to Stay? – Start your search at least 2 weeks before your trip for savings. Do your searches on Booking.com or tripadvisor.com even before you leave home. Houston has something for all income brackets and requirements. Also in your selection, please stay as close as possible to places of your interest. Texas is big o! As in the state of Texas is as big as Nigeria! Please google-map-check your location to your places to visit. I don’t want any emergency calls, biko.
6. Where to Eat? – I strongly recommend going for a buffet. Why? Because it’s cheaper and if you don’t like something, you can try something else without paying extra. Houston has so much variety. E.g. Along Energy Corridor: Great Khan Mongolian Grill, Hibachi Grill & Buffet. Don’t know where to go, just ask your hosts.
To get your Naija Fix in Houston, Try Finger-licking, Calabar Cuisine, United Sisters and Zanzibar on Westhimer.
7. How to get around? – This is where Houston is NOT it. Their public transport system is a sham. Moving around Houston is pricey o! Cheapest option, hire a car for the period of your stay. Next cheaper option, use Uber; download the app and enjoy. The worst case scenario, call a cab 😦
8. Where to Shop? – It depends on what you want to buy. For provisions and groceries, please go to a Walmart. For clothes and other stuff- Katy Mills. Sisters, please eat before you go and pace yourself. Do not spend all your money; remember you will have to go home.
9. Taxes – Another very important item you should factor into your expenses. Every service/product you want to purchase has a tax e.g. cab fare, hotel bills, refreshments, clothing etc. Unfortunately, the marked prices usually do not have this tax included in USA. E.g. A shirt with an $18 price tag when you get to the till will become $21.06 because of tax added. So do not work your budgets based on price tags please.
10. Tips – My people, this one na by force o! Not tipping is considered very rude in most places in the USA. From what I have learnt (so far), it is customary to leave a tip for your waiter, cabbie and hotel room cleaner(with a note).
11. The Weather – What’s the weather like in Houston? For a Nigerian, lovely most of the year round. Coldest month is January (avg. low temps – 6.2 °C); wettest month is June. I recommend visiting anytime between February and October.
12. and finally…8 Places to Visit in Houston
1. San Jacinto Monument (obviously)
2. NASA Space Center Houston
3. Downtown Aquarium
4. Houston Zoo
5. Houston Museum of Natural Science
6. Children Museum of Houston
7. Lakewood Church (on Sunday)
8. The Galleria
Thank you for reading and do not forget to leave a comment. I love hearing from my readers.