The return of the car early Sunday morning went so smoothly that we instantly forgot about the traffic stresses. A new day was dawning, and we were anxious to set out on foot. Our guide arrived right on time, despite the 3 hour commute into “work”. I had a vague idea of who I was looking for, but as I rounded the corner and saw some sandaled feet beneath an open car door, I knew immediately it was him.
I introduced our guide to the rest of the family, as I already felt like I knew him well. I just had to remember not to call him Agg.
We chatted it up a bit, and then since we didn’t have much time, we set out to see the sights. We hadn’t visited the Alamo yet, so he took us there first. This was the real reason for our trip to San Antonio, but we were so disappointed by how commercialized and over-crowded it was. Having seen the other missions and having been able to really experience them, we had hoped the same for this.
Amp and Hubby split off to explore on their own, while Agg, Mario, and I explored half-heartedly. I was more interested in finding some shade. The Texas heat had been turned on!
I enjoyed catching up with Agg while trying to stay cool in the shade. I loved getting extra details about the dogs, the family, the wedding on the ranch…
When we’d had our fill of the Alamo, we posed for the obligatory family picture out front
And then Agg led the way to El Mercado.
We took the River Walk route towards the market. We couldn’t talk much while walking single file, but we saw some pretty fun sights along the way.
Hubby hung back snapping pics along the way.
El Mercado was exactly how Agg had described it to me – a little taste of Mexico without having to cross the border.
We strolled along using the time to catch up on more stories. He’s lived a fascinating life, and he’s continuing to do so! I’m in awe of all the places he’s been and will be going to.
Our last stop was to Mi Tierra’s. (Roll the r’s!) It was a long wait, and everyone was there, but it was SO worth fighting the crowds.
Amp finally got to try some real flan *shiver*, and he loved it! I hope he learns to make it some day.
It was an enjoyable way to spend the last hour of our time together. Agg’s job here was done, and he needed to get back to his home for yet another commitment. THAT’S why he was anxious to get back to work so he could relax.
But I will forever be grateful to him for dedicating some time to us. In the short time I’ve been blogging, I feel like I’ve met some great friends online. To meet them in person is just the icing on the (cup)cake.
Agg, if you’re ever in St. Louis, I would love to show you around!