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Day-cation, All I Ever Wanted

Blogging will resume shortly. Yesterday, I managed to fit in a small day-cation trip to San Antonio via Megabus. The biggest accomplishments of which are that I now get to brag about how cheap I can pull off a vacation, and that my feet hurt like heck from being on them for the bulk of 10 hours. Yeah, it was like working retail ... all over San Antonio.

Yes, I did the obligatory photo of the Alamo ...

And I made my way to a long lost friend: the Dairy Queen at Rivercenter Mall. Other highlights: a supremely wonderful lunch at Los Barrios, flipping through a few books at The Twig - a nice indie bookstore at the refurbished Pearl Brewery, a stroll through Market Square, and a little sightseeing via local bus to a part of SA that I wasn't familiar with.

Since my experience with San Antonio's bus system (Via) is limited, I can't offer this as an exhaustive comparison. But the single-day experience did make me truly appreciative of Houston's. SA does offer text-based route information and I noticed quite a few people utilizing that. I still relied on Google Maps, which Via supports, and had no hitches with that. My biggest pet peave was that the very first route I needed to catch during the day seemed to skip the first two buses and when I did see a bus, it was followed by one other directly behind it and another a few blocks further back. Stuff happens, and that type of experience has occasionally here in Houston. But still ... first impressions and whatnot.

True to myself, I talked myself out of a lot of expenses and souvenir baubles. I traipsed through a Half-Price Bookstore and picked up the very non-San Antonio-centric "All the Devils are Here" by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocero. Reason being: it was a good deal - $5.99. So, the total tab for a one-day trip:

Megabus: $12.80
One-day bus pass: $4.00
Dairy Queen brunch: about $4.00
lunch: tab picked up
rehydration during shopping: $2.00
book: $6.00
dinner: $8.00

Awesome. Now if my feet regain any feeling, I'll be back at 100%.

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