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It’s an exciting phase for us. Our friends and fellow travellers are sharing their travel stories, willing to make us Gypsies experience their memories and little happiness that they got during their interactions with the world outside. Cheers to all the Gypsies who are going places and taking us along with them.

Below is an escape that is humble, light hearted and warm just like our Gypsy Ishwari Thopte.

Escaping English Winters

I’ve always believed in the power of the universe, and the fact that everything works towards what’s best for you. But that journey can be very frustrating sometimes, especially when you plan a glorious holiday to escape the cruel English weather and you get stuck on the sodding island without a passport!

Picture this: All your friends packing up to leave for the sunny beaches of Greece while you walk back home in the rain every evening for two WEEKS. Now that is just plain injustice. And to mock you a little more, you receive the passport merely a week before the holiday begins, leaving you no time to apply for the visa. Oh that’s a classic one!

Solution to such a crisis situation? Scan your passport for any other valid visa (1st world problems with a third world passport) and buy a last minute ticket to wherever you see the sun shining! For me, that meant the south east coast of the legendary United States – Texas and Georgia.

Nothing cheers you up like visiting old friends and family, and for the first time, I was in the backseat. Who knew that letting others take charge of your travel itinerary can be so much fun! The Texan sun did its best to pamper me with all the Vitamin D I had missed in the last 6 months and the gorgeous Georgian landscape was a treat to the eye. But what touched me most were the people I was with. These were people I had known all my life but have no blood relations with. Yet they went out of their way to make my experience that much more exciting and enriching.

So is blood really thicker than water? Maybe. But its water that makes up most of our blood and keeps it running through our veins.

Here are some magic moments from my holiday:

  1.  Chocolate Factory, Houston: One of the most dangerous places for someone with an acute sweet tooth syndrome. You can find all kinds of sinful pleasures here from a 5 tier red velvet cake to chocolate Barbie’s.
Chocolate Factory, Houston

Chocolate Factory, Houston

  1.  Moody gardens, Galveston: Just one day to spend in Galveston? Head to the three magical pyramids of Moody Gardens to hangout with some cool sea creatures and enjoy the flora and fauna of the Amazon rain forest
Moody gardens, Galveston

Moody gardens, Galveston

3. Galveston Pier: Spend an adventurous evening on the newly refurbished Galveston ‘pleasure’ pier, trying out their gravity defying amusement rides. Tip: For best views of the coast, try the ‘Texas Star Flyer’

Galveston pier

Galveston pier

  1. Houston Zoo: Can’t make it to SeaWorld? Attend the Sea Lion show at the Houston Zoo for a glimpse into their amazingly intelligent and amusing world
Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo

  1. Macon, Georgia : An average suburban house in Georgia, just like Wisteria Lane. Macon is famous for its Cherry blossom festival which is held in March-April every year. I was lucky to catch the last few pink blooms
Macon, Georgia

Macon, Georgia

6. Macon, Georgia: My daily afternoon sunbathing view

Afternoon sunbathing

Afternoon sunbathing

7. Atlanta, Georgia: No trip to the USA is complete without cashing in some great deals. Best shopping places in and around Macon include the Riverside Mall, Tanger Outlets, The Shoppers at River Crossing and Macon Mall. A mid shopping cocktail break is a must.

Macon Mall: A mid shopping cocktail break

Macon Mall: A mid shopping cocktail break

  1.  Helen, Georgia: To experience a unique Euro-American culture, head north to the pseudo German town of Helen which boasts breathtaking landscapes, pan European cuisine, lots of bears and cute little log cabins.
Helen, Georgia, log cabins

Helen, Georgia, log cabins

9. Best Italian pizza in a German town in the USA (Helen, Georgia)

Best Italian pizza in a German town in the USA (Helen, Georgia)

Best Italian pizza in a German town in the USA (Helen, Georgia)

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