We spent most of my second day in Texas planning and shopping for my stay here. In the evening, we headed to Northgate, the area with all the bars. I love how different it is from Europe. Most of the bars in Bath are tiny or underground. Here, they’re massive and all have a wide porch running all the way around them. Nothing feels quite as nice as sitting on a porch in the sunshine, sipping a cold drink and unwinding after a productive day. On the inside, they are almost exactly what I imagined a Texan bar to be; a lot of wood panelling, wooden chairs and tables, neon signs advertising the beers sold, and lots of animal heads with horns.
The state animal of Texas is the longhorn, which I had never even heard of until I got here. It is basically a type of cow with immensely long horns.