When life gets stressful, it’s good to take a step back and just relax – or in the case of German tourists Ted Horn and his friend, Uschei Rainer, hop into a convertible sports car and tour the Southwestern United States.
I caught up with the laid-back couple as they drank Margaritas outside Lapalapa on The Strand and soaked up the sights and sounds of a picture-perfect day. Their journey began in their hometown of Munich, where they hopped on a flight to Atlanta and rented a convertible Mustang.
From Atlanta, they drove to Birmingham, AL, then to Memphis, TN to check out Beale Street and all things Elvis. Next, they headed to Natchez, MS. – like Galveston, a center of cotton and trade, and continued on to New Orleans for some spicy food and good music.
After two days in Galveston, the traveling companions headed to Austin; then on to Abilene and Amarillo; Flagstaff, AZ.; Albuquerque, NM; Ventura, San Francisco, and Willits, CA before boarding a flight back home. They stayed one or two days in each city.
But on this day, it was Galveston’s time to shine, and our quaint Oleander City did not disappoint.
“Galveston is a beautiful little old city with a lasting history,” said Ted, a self-employed taxi driver. “We’ve seen parts of it and I really like the set-up of the ‘old town’ here. And we both love the beach.”
Uschei, a shoe saleswoman, echoed his sentiments.
“I like the beach and the birds on the beach,” she said. “People are very friendly and it’s very nice. I want to come back.”
So, Ted, I asked, how important is travel in your life?
“It’s big, just for getting rested after a long year’s work and taking a couple of weeks off. We didn’t have any holidays this last year because we moved apartments and we ran out of time. So we did a long trip this year.
“She (Uschei) used to travel with her mother when she was still alive, mostly around Europe. Three years ago, I took her to the United States for the first time, and she became addicted.”
So Uschei, I asked, if you could rewind the clock and go back in time, what advice would you give to a younger you?
“To travel around the world before it’s too late,” she said. “There’s so many countries and many people to meet. This is my gift.”