Hey, I'm Xavier. I turned 30 in July. Over the last 15 years, I've traveled quite a lot, mostly in Europe during my teens, and then the rest of the world in the last 12 years. Well, I've traveled mostly in North America, but I've recently visited Vietnam. I've decided to start his blog mostly because it's more adapted to share your travel experiences than Facebook. Over the past decade, I've seen really amazing places, met people I've lost contact with but wish I hadn't, met other people I wish I had more contact with, 'cause, in the end, aside having fun with your friends on the road and discovering new countries, new cultures, one of the best thing about traveling is meeting new people...
September 10th 2011
Well, here we are. Saturday morning, September 10. I’ve been waiting for that day for weeks now. If we decided to visit the state of Texas in late summer for a specific non-football related reason, the specific timeframe for our road trip was all about this date: BYU at Texas, Cougars at Longhorns...yeah, this is college football. We still have a long way to go though (Literally speaking). Kick off is scheduled for 06:00 PM and Austin is 165 miles from Houston, roughly a 3 hours drive. I don’t mind, this should be fun... 3 hours on the road, perfect weather (i.e. hot and sunny), a nice car, good tunes on the radio, considering we’re tourist and not local, we decide to make the journey with the top down, after all, this is the reason why ... read more
September 9th 2011
As usual for us, day 2 starts with a stop at Starbucks coffee (freaking expensive according to Adrien, but hey, we don’t have such coffee shop in Grenoble and I do not cross the ocean and travel half the way around the globe to spare $2 on a coffee). No real plan defined for the day, so, it’s gonna be a repeat from our first trip in Houston. First thing to see: Reliant Park, with the Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Kindel, if you’re reading this, don’t forget about my belt buckle :)), and the Astrodome, well, home of nothing. Being the first dome stadium ever built, there’s something a bit historic about this building (I guess a 30 year old building can be considered as historic ... read more
September 8th 2011
After roughly 11hrs in the Air, we finally reached our destination at 01:30 PM, local time: Houston, Tx. I don't usually have a problem with flying, except when it comes to have lunch onboard, this is beyond me. I find landing and takeoff (slightly) exciting and the rest of the flight boring. In order to make the flight go faster, I had the choice: Either go with one Margarita (My drink of choice) or some Donormyl (some over the counter drug supposed to help you sleep). They did not have Margarita mix onboard, so it was all about Donormyl from this time on...needless to say that what once worked on the way back from Vietnam did not work this time...at all. After the usual custom/immigration formalities at IAH (George Bush Intercontinental Airport ), we're good to ... read more