13 March, Greyhound Bus, Houston, Texas, USA – 10:46am

It's only a couple of hours from Mexico City to Houston in Texas so after arriving in George Bush International Aiport I hop on the metro bus ($4.50) to the downtown area of the city. I'm starting off my couchsurfing experience in the USA to save me money as it's a not a great nation for staying in hostels. It's also a method of meeting lots more local people and learn a lot more about realities of places you're staying. So after visiting the American institutions of McDonalds & a Starbucks to avail of food and free wifi, I make my way to the Medical district of Houston, full of massive new hospital buildings & universities. I'm staying with a med student called David who has ofered me a couch bed for the night. Spend some time chatting to him and his friend, Kerry who tell me all about the area and what to expect in Austin and SXSW.

That evening I'm invited out with some of their friends and I find myself in a fantastic modern new Indian restaurant with 9 Texans eating Goat Biyiani. We head to a new local bar afterwards. It's a brilliant welcoming day for my first day in the USA. Back for some sleeping before getting up for a 10:15am bus rid to Austin. So now I'm on a coach, driving down a 7 lane highway passing by massive flyovers, huge carparks, drive through mcdonalds, huge costco warehouses, motels, car dealerships and giant stars and strips flags fluttering in this warm, cloudy texas sunday morning. It's 170 miles to the state capital, Austin, where a week of music begins, SXSW, here I come

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