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Texas - USA (April 1998)

Texas - USA
April 1998


The first weekend of April started off with a trip to Troy, where Steven's older brother Vincent lives with his wife Jennifer and their two kids James and Rachel. And this is our transport object... Gregory's brand new car! It's a Chevrolet Camaro 1998... needless to say that lots of people out on the Interstate were staring at us!!! This picture is taken in the town where the family used to live, Temple.
Temple, April 3, 1998.


On Saturday, we made a trip up to Waco. This is the first place that we visited there. It's called Lover's Leap and from here, you have a fantastic view over the Texan countryside near Waco. Isn't this great?
Waco, April 4, 1998.


A group of American soldiers was training here. This particular soldier didn't like this task at all, and at one moment, he almost slipped!
Waco, April 4, 1998.


In Waco, we also visited the former Branch Davidian compound. It is located approximately 8 miles northeast of Waco, in a field called Mount Carmel. There's not much left of the compound, that burned down on April 19, 1993 after a 51-day-standoff between David Koresh and the ATF. This is the entrance of the former compound. The field on the left shows a group of trees small stones in front of them -- each tree and each stone represent a person who died in the fire.
Waco, April 4, 1998.


These are two remains of the compound. The left picture shows a bus wreck that is still left there as a witness of the fire that killed 80 people (including David Koresh). On the right picture, you see the upper part of a bus. The Branch Davidians buried this bus in the ground as an underground shelter against possible attacks from the outside world. Strangely enough, this shelter was not used during the ambush.
Waco, April 4, 1998.


This is everything that is left of the buildings. The left picture shows the concrete floor of the church, the right picture shows the former pool.
Waco, April 4, 1998.


On our way back from Temple, we came across the little (duh!) village of Holland, located 12 miles off the Interstate. As a native Dutch girl, I just had to pay a visit to this tiny village. It turned out to be some kind of Madurodam, with only 1118 people living there. The town looked like an RV resort to me. Anyway... we drove through the town (?) to look for Eindhoven Lane, Amsterdam Square or Meerssen Avenue... but there were no streetsigns that reminded us of any Dutch settlers here. But what we did find, was the Holland schoolbus! "Excuse me, could you take me to the OTV please?!"
Holland, April 5, 1998.


The weekend after my visit to some towns north of Austin, I headed for the area west of Austin. I went home with my roommate Alicia, who lives in Baytown (near Houston). I decided to become a real tourist and we went visiting the Houston Space Center and NASA. This "Rocket Park" is located in between the NASA buildings and the Houston Space Center. Pretty impressive rockets!
Houston, April 10, 1998.


One astronaut says to the other: "I told you to close the Lunar Rover car window... So now that our car radio is stolen, what are we going to do? Call the Lunar Police Department???"
Houston, April 10, 1998.

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