A Bright Ray of Sunshine

I have been weathering a storm since last year. So, I have been telling you how unfair, ruthless, and hard life is. Although the storm hasn’t abated yet, I am seeing a bright, bright ray of sunshine now. 🙂 You have read my harangues, my blogs infused with self-pity and self-loathing; you have sent me loads of love and good vibes. Hence, I want to tell you that I am insanely happy today.

A few months ago, when it dawned on me that my relationship had really gone down the drain, I had a brief telephonic conversation with my sister, who lives in Texas. That’s when I was trying way too hard to cope with anxiety, and depression. I felt so exhausted that I had nothing to tell her. She knew that her words wouldn’t comfort me. We were silent for a minute. I was positive that it was not an awkward silence. As though I woke up from a pleasant dream, and that I couldn’t shrug off the warm feeling that conquered me after that, I blurted, “I want to spend my birthday with you next year. My last two birthdays were shitty. I cannot let myself down next year too.” There was no trace of incredulity in her tone, when she said, “Next birthday in Texas. Sounds perfect.” What will I do without this sister, who always, always takes me serious! 🙂

My mind needed to work on a short-term goal then. Instead of brooding over everything that went wrong, I wanted to expend my energy on something that would give me a sense of accomplishment. Hence, we worked on my travel plan to Texas. Whenever I found myself walking into darkness, I would remind myself about how wonderful my travel would be, and I would ask myself to think of memorable things I can do in Texas. In many ways, I rescued myself by looking forward to my trip to Texas.

Last week, my Visa was approved, and my tickets were booked. Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I was this happy.

The gloomy clouds have made way for the Texas sun. 🙂 I am ridiculously excited.

Now, I need your help. I am going to spend five weeks in Texas in June, but I cannot travel to any other state. Will you please tell me about some nice, fun things I can do? Stuff related to books, nature, and culture? I look forward to reading your suggestions. Thank you. 🙂

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61 thoughts on “A Bright Ray of Sunshine

  1. Hooray! I’ve not really ever spent time in Dallas but I have heard they have some really nice museums. Will you be taking any road trips? I think Archer City, aka book town, is about a two hour drive from Dallas.

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  2. That is wonderful news!! I’ve never been to Dallas, but I will share that whenever I’m going to a new city, I like to go to tripadvisor.com and check out all the recommended restaurants and attractions, just to get a feel for what might interest me. Also, surely there must be a good independent bookstore in Dallas? 🙂

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  3. How far can you travel within Texas? I love Texas but haven’t been to that NE area (or what I call NE in terms of where I’ve been). My favourite place in Texas is San Antonio. Beautiful city – great history, and sense of culture. And I second the Austin recommendation, too. It’s a very manageable capital city – famous for music, lovely historical areas, and the capitol is very pretty. I also enjoyed Galveston – on the coast which makes it different to much of Texas. (Erik Larson’s Isaac’s storm is a great piece of creative non-fiction about the turn of the century storm that caused much destruction there.) Texas has great national parks (like Big Bend on the Rio Grande) and a whole bunch of interesting little towns.

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  4. When I go somewhere new I like to Google to see what the top ten sites are in an area. Then I usually only choose one or two. It depends on how you like to travel and what you like to see.

    My list is quirky…go to a local grocery store to look at products and usually buy some, local indie bookstore, local library, some free time in a nice area to sit at an outdoor cafe and people watch, go to a museum where I can see regional art from that area, and eat some local food. In Texas there is a lot that relates to the cowboy culture and so restaurants as well. Big steaks, hamburgers, bar-be-cue are very popular. If you don’t eat meat you can still enjoy fries and a milkshake. I really value unstructured time when visiting as it is a way to absorb things that one might list if sticking to a list. If any art galleries have paintings by Georgia O’Keefe I think you would enjoy seeing her paintings….she lived in the SW for a number of years, although not in Texas, but perhaps some of her work is exhibited in Dallas.

    You will have so much fun planning your visit and time with your sister! I can’t wait to hear about it already, but know that I will have to wait until June. What a nice way to curb the sad feeling that were trying to squeeze through!

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      1. Err? Did you get the right word? I think the word / phrase you want is – nutty / touched in the head / potty (not to be confused with err – well “potty”) / soft in the head / not all there and its ilk, accompanied with an expressive “rolling-of-eyes”.

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  5. I am so happy to read your comments.

    Travel can be very good for the soul. Sometimes one really needs a good trip to get one’s groove back.

    I do not know much about Texas so I will leave the travel advise to others. I have found that almost any place that one visits if full of interesting things to do.

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  6. Dallas is my hometown, and my parents still live there. I go back every year, but it’s changed so much since I lived there! Definitely plan to spend a day at White Rock Lake, though. A trail goes all the way around the lake, it has some great picnic spots, and you can see downtown. The Dallas Museum of Art is great, but you must go to Fort Worth for a day and see the Kimball Museum–it’s one of the best museums in the country. In Fort Worth, also visit the Stock Yards (they always have things going on during the weekend) and have some Mexican food at Joe T. Garcia’s! (For traditional TexMex in Dallas, El Fenix is a good choice.) Both cities have beautiful botanical gardens. The other thing to do in Dallas (I think they have it year-round) is the Swiss Avenue Home Tour, which features historical, turn-of-the-century (20th c) houses that are really lovely.

    Hm…all I can think of for now! I’ll see what else I can come up with! 🙂

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  7. That’s wonderful news Deepika! 5 weeks in Texas will be loads of fun. I went to school in San Antonio many decades ago — it’s a great town but I have not spent much time in Dallas. It’s a large state — OMG. Drink a margarita or two down on the River Walk in San Antonio then stroll over to the Alamo for a tour. Enjoy your time.

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  8. I spent a few years of my childhood living in nearby Arlington, TX. Although I haven’t been back in a long time, my dad always gets a meal at a place called Joe T. Garcia’s whenever he’s in town on business. I saw that somebody mentioned the restaurant in an earlier comment and thought I’d give it a second vote.

    Texas also has a rich live music scene that might be worth investigating (depending on your interests, of course). Austin gets all the publicity these days, but I’m sure there’s something going on in Dallas, as well.

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  9. So happy for you, and the hope that leaps from this post. You will certainly enjoy the Texas sunshine. I’ve only been to Dallas a few times in my life, but if you are not vegetarian I suggest eating some Tex-Mex food. It’s very good there! Tacos, enchiladas, chips, I’m sure you’ll find something you like. How wonderful for you and your sister to be together. xo

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  10. You are a very popular person, Deepika 🙂 I had to scroll down for 2.56 minutes to reach the end of this page. 😉 I am so happy that you are traveling. I haven’t been to Texas, but I do have some super awesome friends in San Antonio, who could offer you suggestions from a very offbeat, artist perspective. Let me know and I could connect you with them. Have a great time there. Enjoy the sunshine.

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    1. Haha! I love how the blogging community takes my blogs serious, and make me happy by commenting. 😉 They are supremely kind, and that’s why you had to scroll down for 2.56 minutes. 🙂

      Thank you for dropping by, and writing a comment. I am definitely planning to visit San Antonio. I will write to you in a while about seeking your help to connect with some awesome folks. Thank you once again. 🙂

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  11. I love spots of sunlight in a cloudy day, same goes for when life is cloudy. Glad to hear things are looking up and I hope you have a wonderful birthday in Texas. I’ve only passed through the airport in Dallas on my way elsewhere so I can’t provide any suggestions, unfortunately. But I hope you have fun! 😀

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