Author - Bill Wiatrak

Going LIVE! in Arlington

I’m not a huge sports fan. I love watching a live football game or a little baseball, but I’ve never been particularly connected to a certain team, so when my travels brought me to Arlington Texas, I had no horse in the race so to speak and could really appreciate the mega complex brewing in the that little city between Dallas and Fort Worth. Live by...

GETTING TO MONGOLIA THE LONG WAY

Jul 24, 2018 | houstonia-magazine, Travel |      I’m going to Mongolia.  In a couple of weeks I’m hopping on a plane to fly to LA  at the crack of dawn and lingering for 12 hours in California before I catch a flight to Shanghai. A couple days later I’ll jump on the Maglev high speed train and travel 800 miles to...

Live Music in Austin

How did I end up at the Hippie Church? I’m getting to that. I’m back again in Austin this weekend. In retrospect, I probably wasn’t weird enough to appreciate the city’s charms when I first visited decades ago, but repeated trips have made me realize what a Texas gem our capital city really is. Whenever I tell anyone overseas I’m from...

How to Live Like a Local (kinda) in Hawaii.

I can’t stop thinking about Hawaii. I love visiting faraway islands on the other side of the globe, but there’s something to be said for America’s chunk of tropical paradise in the Pacific. Not only does everyone speak English, but you don’t have to change money and you can still go there even if you’ve forgotten to renew your passport...

Hotels in the “New Austin”

Austin is a city unlike any other in Texas. With it’s west coast vibe, music scene and hipster culture, there’s a lot of different travel choices you won’t find in Houston or Dallas. Gentrification is the buzzword the locals use for the new spaces popping up as older properties are repurposed, remodeled, or rebranded to fit with the city’s...

Finding your Travel Soundtrack

I was taking a selfie outside Jon Bon Jovi’s childhood home in New Jersey. The place looked like all the other houses nearby, except Jon had grown up there, learned to play the guitar and had later given the house away in a rock and roll contest.  I felt a little like George Carlin’s character in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure when he pops in to check...

Going Back to the Future

Back to the Future is considered by many to be one of the best movies ever made. Besides a great story-line, the film is full of endearing characters, great comedic moments, adventure and it’s a movie that never fails to entertain me. I love visiting filming locations and I was in the perfect place to visit the best BTTF spots, Los Angeles. DeLorean from BTTF –...

A Taste of Kauai

The water was a little rough as we rounded Kamala Point on the south coast of Kauai. I knew there was a reason the place looked familiar. After all, it WAS the same spot where Harrison Ford’s character got marooned with Anne Heche in the film 6 days 7 nights. Our boat crew grabbed two 5-gallon buckets from the hold and I assumed one of the girls in the back had...