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Houston

Houston greyhound bus shelter is in a rough area!  I took shelter in McDonalds until my new couch surfing host Bernardo picked me up.  Bernardo’s place by complete contrast; is a very nice neat and tidy new house out in the suburbs.  Just as good as any hotel I could have found but for free.  Plus he even took a couple of days off work to show me round Houston.

The only thing I really knew about Houston was this is where NASA’s Johnson space centre is located, so that was first on my list of things to do.  You can take a tour to see the original mission control room, in use until 1992, from where all the moon landings were directed.  You can also see one of the astronaut training areas where they practise in mock ups of the ISS and even the upcoming Orion missions, which are one day hoped to take people to Mars.

Yesterday we started with a walk around McGovern Centennial Gardens.  The museum of natural sciences was next to it, so we went in to see if there was anything we could see without paying the $25 entrance fee.  Then it turned out that Bernardo knew someone working there who got us in for free, win!  Their palaeontology section is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen quite a few!

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