August 25, 2015

Au pairs live large in Texas!

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Au pair stories

There is an expression in the U.S.—”Don’t mess with Texas” and it goes to show how very proud Texans are of their roots and their home. Cultural Care au pairs living in Texas are also very eager to share what they love about this state—the 2nd largest in the USA—below!
Images (clockwise from top left): German au pair Nicole Walter’s cowboy boots; Polish au pair Sylwia Bujak being lassoed by a Texas cowboy; French au pair Maëlle Duchamp learning to line dance; German au pair Vera Hengst and a friend agree that Texas is BIG!; Abril Padilla, au pair from Mexico hanging out in Fort Worth, Texas; Sylwia Bujak again, waving the Texas flag.

  1. I love Texas because people here are amazingly kind and thoughtful. The culture in Texas is very rich, there are tons of things to do like going to concerts, lakes, museums, etc. I love that we can find live music anywhere!
    —Jessica Wosiack, au pair from Brazil
  2. I just love Texas. It’s my “heart home”. Tex-mex food is now my favorite! Also of course frozen margaritas!
    —Tiellen Constantino da Fonseca, au pair from Brazil
  3. Texas is amazing because has great weather almost all year. It is great to drive between cities. It is a whole different world!
    —Bruna Fernandes, au pair from Brazil
  4. I love Texas because of the awesome countryside, weather, horses and cowboys, of course.
    —Sylwia Bujak, au pair from Poland
  5. I was really lucky, we lived just in front of this Galleria Mall, one of the biggest in USA. The stores are really nice.
    —Jeimy Carolina Zambrano Garavito, au pair from Colombia
  6. I’m proud to be a Texan now because we have the most state pride and the best margaritas! Houston has one of the most international communities in the USA. It doesn’t matter where you are from. You are accepted anyway.
    —Nicole Walter, au pair from Germany
  7. The cities are beautiful and around the cities you have landscapes that take your breath away.
    —Lisa-Marie Grugel, au pair from Germany
  8. The people in Texas are really kind and would do anything to help you. I love the big shopping malls and that you can find any food you want in case you feel homesick. You can find stuff from your home country in a minute.
    —Vera Hengst, au pair from Germany
  9. Because Texas has everything! Parks, restaurants, museums, clubs—there are a lot of things to do.
    —Abril Padilla, au pair from Mexico
  10. You can see so much in Texas. It is a very interesting and big state in a lot of different ways. But most of all I like the state the best because my host family lives there, and they are amazing.
    —Adina Kummer, au pair from Switzerland

German au pair Nicole Walter created this collage of her life in Texas.
Most beautiful sites to see in TX:
The Dallas skyline from Reunion Tower; Dallas World Aquarium; Dallas Museum of Art; Houston Space Center; The San Antonio River Walk; Lake Travis; Tower of the Americas; Mount Bonnell; Lady Bird Lake; The Texas Capitol; The University of Texas at Austin; and the view from The JPMorgan Chase Tower in Houston.
Best places to get coffee or a meal in TX:
Barnaby’s Café; Taco Cabana; Olivella’s; Agora Coffee in Houston; Hula Hut; Tropical Smoothie Café; Café Express; Siphon Coffee; Café Brazil in Dallas; Mozart’s Coffee Café; and Starbucks of course.
Great events in TX you won’t want to miss:
You have to go to the Rodeo! It is really fun and exciting, and you have to get your boots for that; SxSW in Austin, Texas State Fair (and all the deep fried food), The Wild West Club for line dancing, Stocksyards in Fort Worth, Six Flags, Bubble Run
Perfect way to spend a day in TX:
Go to Galveston—a beach (2 hours away from Houston), where you can relax. Rent a house for weekend!
—Jeimy Carolina Zambrano Garavito, au pair from Colombia
The perfect day would be: going to the pool in the morning, lunch at Lupe’s (Mexican food restaurant), spend the afternoon at Montrose Street (great shops and coffee) and go to a small music concert with my friends at night.
—Jessica Wosiack, au pair from Brazil
A walk in downtown Dallas, then playing chess at Klyde Warren Park and grabbing some food truck food. Maybe couple hours at theArboretum, followed by a good dinner at one of those great Tex-Mex restaurants (Mi Cocina is my favorite), ending the day at The Rustic (a very nice pub with live music).
—Tiellen Constantino da Fonseca, au pair from Brazil
If you’re working, go with the kids to fabulous parks that you can find, like Discovery Green, or Water Park. If you want to just go with your friends, a picnic it is a great idea in Washington Park.
—Jeimy Carolina Zambrano Garavito, au pair from Colombia
A walk through the Dallas Arboretum and a coffee in downtown Dallas, where dreams come true. Finished by supper at Olivella’s.
—Vera Hengst, au pair from Germany
Picnic for breakfast at Hermann Park, shopping at the Galleria Mall, tacos for supper and going out at The Wild West for line dancing.
—Nicole Walter, au pair from Germany
According to these au pairs, Texas has everything an au pair could hope for in a home for a year. What do you love about TX? Or the state you are currently living in? Click here to share your state love with us.