Visits to Austin c/o Dell

PauTravels with friends at Dell Parmer South Campus in Austin

From my past employer, Fujitsu Philippines, I was very fortunate to have been part of the Dell project of WeServ.  That project had given me tickets to fly to a number of Dell facilities globally, including Xiamen, Penang, and Austin.  Twice, I have been given the opportunity to visit Dell Inc.’s Parmer South Campus in Austin, Texas.  And my first visit in 2004 was my first ever into the US where I flew with 3 other colleagues and 3 other more on my second trip last 2007.

In 2004, I have not been able to see much of Austin except for a trip to the outlet stores in San Marcos, watching a ball game at the Dell Diamond, and a short visit to the Capitol.  We stayed at the Wingate Inn in Round Rock. I love the Round Rock donuts they serve there every morning.

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A NASA Tour

PauTravels was here at NASA

Last May 2007, during my second visit to Austin, I have set a plan to go and take a road trip to visit one place where mankind has proven their superiority among creatures of this Earth.  We have gone to National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) Space Center in Houston, Texas.  Among myself, three of my colleagues also joined me in this visit.  The four of us came to Austin on official trip for two weeks and we decided to make use of our one weekend to visit Houston and maybe San Antonio.

From Austin, it took us about 3.5 hours to drive to Houston traversing US 290.  Since it was a long drive, we had a stopover with our Filipino friends in Houston.  We stayed overnight with them.

The next day, we drove to NASA exiting at Exit 25 of I-45 to connect to NASA Road 1 where the world famous space station is to be found.  We arrived there about 30 minutes before the place opens to the public.  We had to wait for a some time for the place to open up.  When the booths open up, we lined up to purchase our tickets.  The entrance fee includes an audio tour kit and the tram that tours around the complex.  The Audio kit has a recorder that discusses a certain section of the main hall.

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