I know it has been a little while since I have updated this, but my time here is going by so fast. A few of my international friends in Columbia told me that one semester would be too short of a time; that you are just getting truly settled after the first semester is over…and they were right. Leaving will be a love-hate relationship. It is such a challenge waiting to get home and hold my little nephew and see my friends/family, but I have experienced God doing serious work in my life and the lives of people around me in San Marcos. He has opened up doors for me to pray over people, pray with people, sacrifice, serve the city, fellowship with other believers, experience new cultures, have conversations with people challenging their own beliefs, put myself in vulnerable situations, understand what it is like to thirst for community, and so much more. Overall, my time has been so rewarding and your prayers are strongly encouraged and appreciated.
I thought I would list some of my favorite things about Texas:
New friends-all of them are beyond hospitable and awesome; so thankful for them
transportation-seeing how I do not have a car, it has been an interesting and humbling experience making use of the bus system between austin, houston, and san antonio…but nevertheless I am grateful for the means
Kolaches - a “pig-in-a-blanket” on steroids; flavorful sausage, jalapeno, & cheese wrapped in a warm croissant
Breakfast Tacos-that’s right- THA-COS -for bfast; you must say them with a proper Spanish accent and order from Lolitas; indescribable; bacon, egg, and cheese in an absolutely perfect flour tortilla (also insert spanish accent)
Steak fajitas from Los Cucos-not like any fake Mexican I’ve eaten in SC; the steak is not chopped, but rather sliced; the whole experience is a must
Margaritas-I don’t know what is different about them-I had one in Cola and didn’t like it and one here and did. They also have their own beer called Shiner that is quite tasty.
The location of San Marcos-it is about 40 min from the historical/hispanic San Antonio and 30 min from the weird/liberal/unique Austin
The people-not quite the over-the-top southern hospitality of SC, but everyone is super friendly and welcoming
The nightlife-wide variety of stuff to do; country dancing/salsa dancing is especially great
The weather-even if rain is in the forecast, expect overcast until noon and then blazing sun with a breeze the rest of the day; people love to be outside here; not as humid as SC or as dry as Las Vegas
Also-they have big red soda, HEB (only grocery store pretty much), cacti, a lot of mustangs (the car)
Thanks for reading!