Lucy’s travels: Dallas, TX

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m moving to Dallas. At first I was like dang, I can’t take a vacation? Lol. Then I realized, oh, I’ve been saying for years that I would move to Texas (when I never even visited the place). Now that I have visited, I’ve decided that I could live in Texas temporarily, but not forever.

I’m not sure why I thought I could live in Houston. Maybe because of their Nigerian population and because Queen B is from there but uh, no. When I touched down at William Hobby airport, I rented a car and headed out for some sight-seeing while waiting on a friend. While I was driving on the highway, I saw palm trees…in Texas. The whole area reminded me of Orlando. Being that I’ve spent the first 14 years of my life in South Florida, I don’t want to move to a place that reminds me of it. Been there, done that. Overall, it just wasn’t a place I could really see myself enjoying.

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After consulting Foursquare (which, btw, gave me great suggestions on where to go and eat), I landed on Beaucoup Bar & Grill for some grub. Now, they say everything is bigger in Texas. This is not an exaggeration. For the record, I could not finish a single meal while on this trip. Not one. To go plate every single day.

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That strawberry passion lemonade was the TRUTH.

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Another thing I appreciated in Texas that I wish we had more of in Atlanta: the museums. There were so many I wanted to visit but my wallet said no. I did go to the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences. Best part was the butterfly center. There’s something mystical about butterflies. I’m drawn to them and them to me.

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This is a little gross but, my goodness, look how big they are!!!

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This little one loved me.

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Nemo1 and Nemo2

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I thought a zebra about to get bit in the ass was kinda funny.

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City Centre in Houston looks JUST like Atlantic Station but with better shopping and dining.

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I stayed in Houston to have dinner with my friend and then I hit the road to Dallas. Yes, at 930 pm in a strange place and on strange roads. But I do things like that so I was okay.

My friend V who lives in Dallas stays in the artsy side of town. Because she knew I was coming, duh. I would compare it to Little Five Points in Atlanta…but quieter and cleaner.

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There are a bunch of hut-looking establishments in Dallas like this one. Not open for business, just plopped in the middle of the street for no apparent reason.

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These birds FREAKED ME OUT. So many of them everywhere around the city. I looked it up and they’re called blackbirds. They have a yellow ring around their eyes. Creepy.

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Had dinner at the NYLO hotel. First of all, this place is absolutely fabulous. It’s like staying in a loft that doubles as an art gallery.

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Secondly, there’s an infinity pool on the roof. Lastly, it has the best view of the Dallas skyline.

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Had brunch at this spot called Oddfellows. Man, I wish I had time to go back for dinner. Delish.

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Random sighting at Klyde Warren Park. Which, btw, isn’t really…a park. To me, anyway. Guess I’ve been spoiled by Piedmont Park. I did think it was cool to have a station to borrow books and sit and read.

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Hey girl, hey.

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The Dallas Museum of Art was free. I appreciated that.

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Went to this thing called Culture Map Dallas, celebrating their one year birthday bash. My kind of scene. Except there were only a handful of Black people. Speaking of Black people…where are they in Dallas? The thing that sucks about these kinds of events is that there is no diversity. Same in Atlanta.

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Meeting Karren for the first time. Total babe. Thank you so much for showing me a good time!

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Of course I couldn’t go to Dallas without attending a Black Girls Social event.

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Got to finally meet Tori Lee and Kellee Moore of Black Girls Social.

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This girl. Have I told you how much I’m drawn to truly giving people? I’m selfish. So when I meet people who would literally give you the shirt off their back and NEVER mention it again, I’d do anything for them. She was ridiculously hospitable to me and I cannot say thank you enough.

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So there’s this vegan-friendly place called Spiral Diner & Bakery that reminded me a lot of home. Quirky people and food.

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Headed out for a night on the town with the ladies. The streets were crazy packed because of a game. I loved it though. Young people everywhere, drinking and partying. Plenty of space to park and walk around.

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This. Pizza. From. Sfuzzi. Was. Everything.

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Yoooo. I pet a camel. At a gas station. At first I was all like, oh no, I can’t, touch it with me. But then I did touch it and it felt like the best fur coat ever.

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Strike a pose.

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Photo shoot day.

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It rained pretty much the last two days of my trip. I didn’t get to eat BBQ or go to the fair. I did eat tons of good good food and met cool people.

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Overall, it was a marvelous trip away from my everyday. I really needed it. And although I still felt like things were missing, Dallas is a great city. It’s still developing but it has great potential.

miss lucy

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  • Alvie

    Just found your blog and I love it. I’m from Dallas but live in Houston so glad you were able to experience both. Just starting up a blog so if ever you get a chance check it out.
    http://www.alviesmarts.com

    • http://lucydazilma.wordpress.com Lucy Dazilma

      I’m glad you found my blog! I’ll check you out.

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