The Travel Bug flew into George Bush International Airport the other day and has since spent his time flying around the city, stuffing his face with pho and chatting to Texan bugs to find out some fascinating facts about Houston. This is what he discovered:
Houston is the second fastest growing city in the US (New York claims the top spot) and is set to take over from Chicago as the third largest city in the States. It is also the most culturally diverse city; beating out L.A and New York. There are over 90 languages spoken in the city and surrounding metro area. TTB has been speaking Spanish all week and he doesn’t get to do that back home in Wales. Te quiero, Houston.
Houston is the location of the very first Mandir in America. A mandir is a Hindu place of workshop and the Sri, which is located in the Stafford suburb of Houston was constructed with imported limestone and marble from Italy and Turkey. You don’t have to be Hindu to visit, though, but you do have to ensure that you stick to the temple’s code of conduct. Bugs are not permitted entry, unfortunately.
The Texas Medical Centre is the largest medical facility in the world; covering 50 MILLION square feet and employing more than 100,000 staff. It’s bigger than The Travel Bug’s entire hometown…and he doesn’t think bugs are welcome there. He did see lots of students in scrubs riding home on the Houston metro, though, and they looked just as tired as his human Dad usually does after he comes from being a Doctor all day.
Do you have any other fascinating facts about Houston for The Travel Bug?
Adios amigos…hasta pronto!