I hate being an awful tourist, one that comes, snaps a picture for posterity and goes. I don’t usually do that because I do want to savor every second I am in a new place, but I was one of them awful snap happy for show tourists when we visited the historical Texas monument, the Alamo in San Antonio.
I regret it so much (and really wish that we could visit the place again) and I share my unsolicited advice to those who plan to visit the Alamo.
First, I urge you know what the Alamo is, its significance to Texas’ history. I watched “The Alamo” movie (starring Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thorton) ages ago and I don’t remember a thing. I know it isn’t the best reference, but what was a clueless uninterested Filipino high school girl to do? I also failed to re-watch it prior to our trip to San Antonio, so it was an utter failure on my part. Shame on me, especially now that I actually live in the state. Don’t worry Alamo, I will learn more about you sooner than later. Eep. Pressure.
Second, never schedule your trip in the summer. We were there mid-July and the heat AND humidity was goddam awful. The kind of heat and humidity that zaps all the energy out of you. Sure you will get a good night’s sleep from exhaustion, but you will be too tired to do anything else.
But, if you really have no choice but to brave the Alamo in the middle of a Texas summer, pack a few bottles of water. Or buy some shaved ice drinks from the vendors in the plaza. The chamoy and chili flavor piqued my interest, but the $4 price tag for a cup prevented me from getting one. So aside from the bottled water, have a few dollars to spare in your pocket.
Last, don’t rush through the Alamo. There are a lot of items on display, gardens and other buildings behind the main iconic structure. Give time to explore and read the captions and just savor the time you have inside. Don’t be like us who just rushed through it. If you can, spare $7 for a self guided audio tour.
Ahhh The Alamo. Next time I promise to be a better tourist. Please Lord, let there be a next time.
Check out more details on The Alamo’s official website here