24th Jan 2008
The Alamo - San Antonio
Having survived the treacherous lion-filled hike around the Lookout Point we moved on to our next stop at San Antonio, home of the Alamo. Again if you’re anything like me then you’ve heard of the Alamo but haven’t really got any idea what its all about, the fact that it appears in loads of westerns usually starring John Wayne is something of a clue though. The Alamo was the point where the Americans went all Greek on the invading Mexican forces led by Santa Ana, think battle of Thermopylae and you’re on the right track. The fort at San Antonio was where only a handful of soldiers survived after fighting off an entire invading army until the direction of the war changed, and has obviously become rather famous because of it.
We had a look around the museum that was the Alamo and there really wasn’t very much left of the place, pretty cool to be there though. After we’d done that we has a wander around the city and followed the riverwalk, which is supposed to be a famously scenic route through the city.
Our evenings entertainment came in the form of a good old traditional country and western dance hall! There were cowboys giving it everything they had all ‘achy breaky heart’ style with frilly shirts and pony tails everywhere you looked. I must be honest I was very disappointed there wasn’t any Dolly Parton but I guess you can’t have it all. They had a bronco in the bar too so after a few jars when the testosterone gets going you can ride the mechanical bull and make a tit of yourself or try to get friendly with the extremely hot waitress…and make a tit of yourself!
The highlight had to be the line dancing, oh yes the line dancing. Almost as if there was some hidden signal that eluded the rest of us everyone else collected on the dancefloor and lined up in perfect sync, obviously we were a bit slow to catch on so we ended up on the edge of the block rather than tucked away within it, so when everyone else was dancing a routine that must have been forced upon them at birth as they all seemed inch perfect in unison, we were making utter fools of ourselves like lobotomised gibbons right in front of everyone! Still, at least we tried!
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