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An Italian in the Deep Heart of Texas

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2009-12-28: I have lived in Houston for few years at two different times in the 2000s and, now that I am gone, I still enjoy calling Houston home. My affection is due to a combination of factors, mainly to the people that I met but also to the city itself. Houston is a multicultural, international city that welcomes foreigners basically because everyone here is a foreigner. Second, Houston is close to Mexico and not too far from Latin America. There are times when, as a foreigner, you need some fresh air and what better than the most charming country and the most intriguing continent in the world? I keep great memory of my time in Houston, I regularly travel back for work and in my mind sooner or later I will be back.

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DISCLAIMER: This page is written by a born-and-raised Italian thrown by accident into the deep heart of Texas ... Consider the deformed perspective in reading my comments.

Few Things I Like About Houston

1.- My next door neighbors are from Brazil, Australia, Spain and Nigeria.
2.- People don't find you weird if you speak with an accent.
3.- I can have an American breakfast, a Colombian lunch and a Malaysian dinner.
4.- I can practice my Spanish without going to Spain.
5.- Mexico is only a couple of hours away.
6.- I get nine months of good and three months of fairly-good weather.
7.- I am 40 minutes away from a flight to whatever part in the world.
8.- A budget of $50 for a night out is big money.
9.- Marco, Marco, Alessandro, Saverio live here.
10.- You can always count on people saying "I'll come visit you", eventually won't.

Few Funny Things About Houston

- There isn't such a thing like a Houstonian.
- You can always find someone proudly claiming they have never been Norther than I-10.
- You have got to get used to: "You live in Houston? ... Houston, we got a problem!"
- People who come they don't want to stay, when it's time to leave they don't want to leave.
- There are good chances police will pull you over if they see you walking.
- After driving one hour in whatever direction from the middle of nowhere, you may still find yourself in the middle of nowhere.
- You can die by many things but you will never die of starvation.
- Flash-lighting in driving is considered a personal offense.
- You can reach every place in town with a a couple of left and right turns.
- 'Texas-size' at restaurants means a lot of food is going to be wasted soon.
- You can drive a thing that looks like a tank without being at war.
- "I don't need a passport, I never cross the border of Texas and Louisiana" (oh yes, real conversation).
- "I don't like golfing. Too much walking" (yes, yes, real conversation).
- "I don't travel to Europe, I am afraid of being shot" (I mean, you're afraid of being shot ... in Europe???).
- "Are you from Europe? I thought you were from Italy!" (here you go!).
- "I like the BMW 7 Series, a pretty small car" ("small" car???)
- Would anybody explain me what's beautiful about Galveston?

How to Spot a REAL Italian in Houston

- DaMarco and Arcodoro are good, Dolce Vita is ok, all other Italian restaurants stink!
- Never pick the "add chicken or shrimps" option ordering pasta.
- Wear shoes you can't find in any place in Houston. Of course, they're bought in Italy!
- You can always count on proposition of an Italian dinner after one week we have had it every single night.
- At gatherings with Italians and other people always end up speaking Italian regardless of other people.
- Wear (expensive) sunglasses even when it's dark.
- Have breakfast on weekend days at the French Bakery in Rice Village.
- "I don't speak but can understand Spanish" ... "Could you please re-say it in English?"
- Are the ones wearing long pants and high heels when everybody is wearing shorts and flip-flops.
- At a party or a club, take the whole night to finish just one drink (that's why in Italy bars have cover charge).
- At the restaurant to the waiter when ordering pasta: "When you think it's time to get it off the stove, three minutes before".
- Driving, are the first to take the way at intersections even if they are the last to arrive.
- Have seen dozens of football games in TV but can't say the difference between a linebacker and a running-back.
- Always have some friends sick who need assistance when we are invited to the baseball game.
- Drive an European car with a 2-liter engine. After all it takes only 2.8 liters to make a Porsche.
- At Katy Mills buy tons of "Polo Ralph Lauren" merchandise to bring home to their friends and relatives.
- Have been a dozen of time to Galveston and still wander what's beautiful about that place.

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