I checked out the SATS premier lounge before flying. The best thing I like about the lounge is the massage chair. Wish I could spend a longer time there.
I chose to fly via United Airline to Houston as the flight duration was relatively shorter as compared to other airlines. It was about 20+ hours. I like the refreshing safety video as it was filmed in different parts of the world, as compared to the usual which was filmed on the plane itself. Flight transit was at Tokyo.
Upon reaching George Bush International Airport, I took the shuttle bus to the car rental place. The States sure have a lot of space to spare.
The drive to Sheraton Suites Houston near the Galleria was about half an hour. I booked club room, which is located on the highest level of the hotel ie 15th floor. There is access to the club lounge. Unfortunately, my room was just beside the club lounge. The noise (from preparation I guess) at 5am never failed to wake me up. Nonetheless, breakfast was provided in the morning and snacks was provided in the evening. The room was comfortable, except that it was rather cold despite that the heater was turned to the maximum temperature.
Sunset view from the hotel was pretty.
Galleria is within walking distance from the hotel. However, nobody seems to walk on the street as almost everybody drives (or at least is being fetched) in Houston.
Public transportation in Houston is bad. So I had to take a bus to downtown Houston and then transferred to another bus to go to the Space Center Houston. I waited for the second bus at the bus stop for an hour but the bus did not come. My data roaming also failed to work. I had to sms my boyfriend in Singapore who helped me book an Uber ride.
I was thankful to step into the Mission Control center where space missions and operations of the space station are monitored. From the mission control center, we could see an astronaut in the space station and he is there since March this year. The guide also filled us with interesting facts. Astronauts are required to exercise 2 hours everyday. Even astronauts get the weekend off – they are government workers. Mission control center doesn’t close. It takes the space shuttle 90min to go around the Earth one round.
I caught all the shows at the space center. There was a pamphlet given with the timing of the programmes. I spent about 5.5 hours in the space center but I didn’t have enough time to look at the exhibits thoroughly.
My cabfare to and fro space center cost USD66, which was rather painful to me. Nevertheless, the trip to space center was definitely worth it, especially my dream when I was young was to become an astronaut! It was an interesting experience. Something that is out of reach from other parts of the world.