Day 17 – Dallas 2 (Texas)

I had a bit of a sleep in on Friday morning.
A lot of people on my Contiki went to the JFK museum because they were doing the Dallas Cowboy Stadium Tour at 2pm so wanted to get it over and done with earlier.
As I wasn’t, I went at 11.30am with a few other people.imageimageThe JFK museum was actually pretty interesting. It was an audio tour and talked all about when Mr Kennedy was president, what the public thought of him and how he was assassinated. The museum is actually where they think he was shot from. And when I say ‘think’ it’s because there’s a few conspiracies around who actually shot him.

I don’t know too much about American presidents (as I live in New Zealand and it’s obviously not a big thing for us) but I learnt that John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States and he was assassinated at 12:30 p.m on Friday, November 22nd, 1963, in Dealey Plaza. (Which is where the museum is located)
Kennedy was fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald while traveling with his wife Jacqueline in a four-door convertible limousine
Untitled-210Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally’s wife Nellie were also in the car with them but they weren’t hurt. It happened as Nellie (the First Lady of Texas) turned to President Kennedy, who was sitting behind her, and commented, “Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,” which President Kennedy acknowledged by replying “No, you certainly can’t.” Those were the last words ever spoken by John F. Kennedy.JFK_DallasFrom Houston Street, the presidential limousine made the planned left turn onto Elm Street, allowing it access to the Stemmons Freeway exit. As it turned on Elm, the motorcade passed the Texas School Book Depository. Shots were fired at President Kennedy as they continued down Elm Street. About 80% of the witnesses recalled hearing three shots.John-F-Kennedy-Assassination-ReenactmentA minority of the witnesses recognized the first gunshot they heard as weapon fire, but there was hardly any reaction to the first shot from a majority of the people in the crowd or those riding in the motorcade.
Many later said they heard what they first thought to be a firecracker, or the exhaust backfire of a vehicle, just after the President started waving.
I was talking to a girl on my tour and she was saying how apparently when this whole thing happened there was a lady taking photos while standing in the grass and when the gunfire happened she didn’t even move and she kept taking photos but to this day they’ve never found her. So that’s a bit suss…

A ten-month investigation from November 1963 to September 1964 by the Warren Commission concluded that Oswald acted alone in shooting Kennedy.

It’s worth having a look at the museum as you learn quite a bit about this event.
When I was finished, I went back to the hotel and me and another guy Robert (from Germany) who’s on my Contiki, caught the train to a mall 20 minutes away. I was desperate to find some cowboy boots still because we were heading to the Rodeo that night.imageUnfortunately I never got any 😦 I just couldn’t find any and we didn’t have that much time there before we had to get back to the hotel for the rodeo.
I did however see a Mac make up show going on briefly, ate a yummy sandwich and bought a mac foundation brush.imageWhen we got back to the hotel, I quickly got ready and the people who didn’t go to the stadium  (me and 6 others) hopped on the bus to pick up the others who were finished with the stadium tour.
The bus was so hot when we got on!! I was sitting there fanning myself for so long while I sweated off half my make up. American Summer’s aye.imageWhen we got to the rodeo, we had about 2 hours in Fort Worth before the rodeo started so 12 of us all went and got dinner somewhere and visited a candy store haha.imageimageThe rodeo started about 8pm with some bull riding which was fun to watch. We also watched horse riders lasso a baby calve and quickly tie 3 of its legs together. Whoever was the quickest basically won. It sounds horrible and I did feel quite bad watching as well all these poor animals.
But then i have to remember that they’ve been doing stuff like this for years, and I can’t really kick up a fuss coming into their country 😯 at least they untied them really quickly.imageimageimageWhen the rodeo was over, we all took the bus back to Dallas.
At the beginning I was keen to go our but I hadn’t started drinking and then wasn’t really feeling it by the time we got back to the hotel.
Instead, Paige, Marisa and I went in search for a grocery store for some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It was however closed so we walked to TGIFS and had some really yummy dessert.TGIF
imageI look very pale in that above picture coz of the flash on my camera haha!
Ben came and joined us later on as he had F all to do and hanging out with girls drinking water is heaps better than hanging out with his room mate Dave.

Think I ended up going to sleep around 1am this morning so I had lots of naps on the bus 😴😴
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Next up Memphis! (Where I’m currently on the bus too)

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  1. Austin says:

    The photo of Jackie crawling on the trunk lid after JFK’s shooting is from one of the subsequent movies made — it’s not an actual, historical photo. A close look at the car details in comparison to very clear photos of the same limo show substantial differences from the actual car used to transport JFK.

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