We spent Saturday in Houston. The car rental experience was fabulous and it was still cheaper than taking the bus into and back from town. We even rented a GPS, which was a great idea. The freeway system is fantastic here. Outside of breakfast and lunch we shopped at The Galleria (the West Edmonton Mall of Houston). Shauna got a second wind and went a bit nuts with her Christmas shopping. On our way back to the airport, we stopped at Pappasito's Cantina, which was recommended by someone at our cooking school in Rio. Portions of food and drinks were huge, but the service was fantastic. Even the manager came over to apologize for how long our meals were taking, which is unheard of by Edmonton standards.
In my late twenties, I decided that I wanted to see the world, but I didn't want to make it too easy, so I decided to do it on a bike. I had taken up cycling seriously a few years prior.
In 1989-90, I cycled around the world, where I visited five continents, 22 countries and logged 22,000 km. I thought that would take the travel bug out of me -- not a chance. I have been cycling in different parts of the world ever since.
The one thing that has been consistent with my trips has been the developing world. The colour, hospitality, food, and culture (in no partic... full info