CCID Galleria via the Metro

August 25th, 2010

This morning we had another adventure with the Houston bus system.  We took the bus down to the Galleria and Uptown area.

IMG_9366 It was a very quite and convenient ride from the “park and ride” right to the front door of the Galleria.

In case you were wondering, the Galleria is the largest mall in Texas with 3 million square feet of space.  It is so large it is the only mall to have not one but two complete Macy’s stores. 

There was plenty of walking and window shopping.

Right after lunch we were able to catch the bus right outside, connect to our return bus, and make it home.

A really nice day.

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CCID Scholars on Big City Tour

August 21st, 2010

IMG_9214Today thanks to our friends at Bridges International, all of our CCID Scholars were able to join 300 international students for a most excellent tour of Houston.

The air conditioned bus tour took everyone to all the major land marks in Houston.  We had a chance to get out visit and take pictures. 

IMG_9224 After a very filled morning, the buses arrived the Van Dyke’s home.  There we were treated to a full lunch. 

And then spent the day enjoying time in the “largest home swimming pool” in North America.  It was great swimming and a great boat ride around the pool—a boat in the swimming pool really.

IMG_9269 We got to met many new international friends from Rice University, and University of Houston. 

As the day came to an end, there was a drawing for some nice prizes.  Three of our team won and picked from an array of prizes. 

After that we took a nice drive back to the campus and the apartments.IMG_9321

A special thanks again to the Van Dykes, the volunteers, and the team at Bridges International.

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CCID Team Visits Downtown

August 19th, 2010


It’s nice to be able to get around town and do some exploring. 

IMG_9174 So today, the team had an introduction to the Houston Metro and Downtown Houston.

We hit the “park and ride” early which is where the bus line starts. 

The bus landed us in the middle of downtown and from there we hit some of the interesting parts of the city. 

IMG_9191We managed to visit:  the Houston Visitor Center (the largest of its kind in the US), the sky view in one of the tallest buildings, the Houston Tunnel System (how folks who work downtown walk, shop, and eat ), the Houston Metro Rail, the Museum of Fine Arts, etc. etc.

IMG_9205By the end of the day we were tired and glad we could rest in the bus as we made our way home.

And a special thanks our International Cultural Exchange volunteer team for their planning and guided tours.

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