If my slightly misspelled, yet important title didn’t give away the subject of this post, then obviously you’re not a  history buff or from Texas. While I’m neither from Texas or a history buff, I still made a point to add the Alamo to my travel list solely based on the hype surrounding the building and the battle that took place there in the 1800’s. The Alamo is by far the most important building in Texas for one very simplified reason: without it, Texas might not have become independent of Mexico.

Since Texas is now my home for the foreseeable future, the importance of this building seems relevant to my life. So my aunt and uncle graciously drove me 2 hours from Austin with the unenthusiastic warning that the Alamo, is a rather unimpressive building… and they were right!

With that being said, it’s still a pretty cool place to visit keeping in mind its downtown location and entry fee of $0.00. Plus, there is an interesting museum set up inside with displays full of old letters, objects owned by David Crockett (which prompted me to sing the theme song both out loud and in my head for the duration of our visit), and plaques dedicated to all those who died fighting for independence.

After leaving, we grabbed some lunch at the river walk just across the street from the Alamo and down a few stairs, before heading towards some of the Missions a few miles away. After dodging a TON of construction that had us driving in circles, and through neighborhoods now full of detour traffic, we finally made it to the Mission Concepcion. The parking lot of the mission was completely empty, giving us the first sign that the beautiful mission standing in front of us might not be open… and it wasn’t, thanks to the Governmental shutdown which just went into effect.

DSCN3261Thanks to the relentless and stupid feuding of the Democrats and Republicans in Congress, all National parks in the country are closed including every Mission in San Antonio. Leave it to the government to ruin tourism for all of the citizens and foreigners who could care less about politics and agendas, and really just want to see some cool stuff. Luckily, this particular mission isn’t enclosed with a large stone wall like a few of the others in the area, so we were at least able to walk around the outside and appreciate its beauty.

While our day might have ended on a disappointing note, thanks to a bunch of old people who can’t agree on anything, overall it was a nice day. I can now say that I have been to the Alamo, and am one destination closer to completing my list of places to see.

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