Two of my sisters and I traveled home this summer to join the rest of the family in Texas. It was the first time the entire family has been together in four years!
I’ve lived in Dubai for almost three years now, but I still carry around my camera like a fresh-off-the-plane tourist. When I’m in Texas, I’m usually too busy with family and friends to think about taking pictures, so the following is not comprehensive, but just a sampling of what home means to me.
old family recipes and lots of big family meals.
Cold treats on a hot summer’s day.
Majestic oak trees
Satisfying food cravings (including my mother’s cooking, chicken fried steak, kolaches, bbq, guacamole with hatch chilies and countless tex mex meals, yum!)
Familiar scenes of national patriotism and state pride
Did I mention state pride? (The grocery store is such a great place to find the most random assortment of items in the shape of Texas. The longer I’m gone, the more I want to buy them. On this trip I discovered that tortilla chips in the shape of Texas are not only amusingly kitschy but also very functional – the perfect shape for scooping up salsa and guac!)
Pick up trucks, and lots of ‘em
Spontaneous fun and front yards to play in
We are back in Dubai now, and I suspect that most expats are starting to trickle back into the city. Hope everyone who traveled home for the summer enjoyed their trip as much as we did!