Left Austin and headed back north to Dallas (Tuesday 13 October). We’ve been to Dallas before so didn’t need to do the touristy things, and anyways, I was at the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (USA) conference for the Wednesday through to Saturday so no time. Dropped the rental off at Avis and unfortunately it was one notch from being full so we had to drive round the block to 7-11 for a fill-up (or pay over $20 for a tank – yes folks, $20 for a full tank). This was easily achieved, only cost a couple of bucks and an experience. This 7-11 was like the one you’d see in the movies in some seedy part of town – a cop car parked out the front (for looks maybe because it was still there the next day), homies fillin’ up next to red-necks, hooker ’round the corner struggling to stand up – ah, America it is just like the movies. (The picture is not the 7-11 but some other station we filled up at along the way – don’t where it was and sure don’t need to go back unless I need me some o’ them fireworks and deer.)
Dallas is an interesting place – very rich but very poor. I remember last time we were there it looked deserted, maybe poor weather or maybe because it was a weekend – who knows, but this time people were out and about. There is so much interesting history (the book depository and Dealey Plaza are a must if you visit) and a lot of new buildings mixed in with the old. It was said to be a busy place for driving, which was kind of true but no-one was rushing around, honking and drivers were actually polite when you needed to suddenly change lanes to catch up between reality and Mrs Tom-Tom. Only drama was some poor cyclist who got cleaned up by the car next to us who thought running the red would be a good idea. But the cyclist just picked himself up, straightened his shirt, checked his wheel and off he went.
Here are some random Dallas shots:
And the bonus for us this time was they have done quite a bit to make the arts district a place to visit. We were within walking distance and went where most tourists don’t go – unless interested in arts. It was a pleasant change with an oasis of a park and food trucks – and best of all, that night was the Dallas equivalent of our white-night. Weather was great, glad we weren’t driving anywhere because the city was grid-locked, and we became locals for the night walking around, drinking beer, eating bratwursts, watching the lights – great free night.
Here are some Aurora shots:
And then off to Nashville, via a transfer at Charlotte (Sunday 18 October) – more on this later. And there will also be some blogs about different sessions at the APDT conference.