Woodrow House – My home away from home
In my job as an astrophysicist, I get to study the Universe, which is really cool. But another perk of is that I also travel and live around the world, meeting new people and making friends.
Without a doubt, one of the highlights of my global travels is the seven months I spent living at The Woodrow House Bed and Breakfast in Lubbock, Texas in 2017 and 2018 as a Fulbright Fellow.
I first got stay at Woodrow House in 2014 when my colleague at Texas Tech booked the Friends and Family room for me. I couldn’t believe my luck at getting to stay in such swanky accommodation, given that junior researchers tend not to get put up in top tier accommodation. And I felt welcome from the moment I arrived as an international visitor and saw my country’s flag waving at me outside the lovely red brick building.
My subsequent visits to Lubbock were also spent at Lubbock’s only bed and breakfast. It’s been an absolute pleasure to get to know the owners, Dawn and David Fleming, as well as the fantastic staff members, Becky, Tawana and Heather, who help ensure that the establishment runs smoothly. Through them I got to know the true meaning of Southern Hospitality.
For an extrovert like me, it’s just so much fun to get to meet all the guests that come to stay at Woodrow House. Chatting over breakfast about my research on black holes, rubbing shoulders with actors, discussing politics with a former senator and getting to meet the students and families of the Texas Tech community are just some of the experiences I’ll never forget.
Other unforgettable moments include my first Thanksgiving, which I spent with the Flemings, their children and grandchildren, and hanging out in the hot tub.
And no description of the Woodrow House could ever be complete without mentioning the awesome football weekends. Red Raider home games pull in a big crowd at the Woodrow House and boy do they know how to have a good time! I arrived in Lubbock only knowing the basics of football, but over the course of those weekends, spending time with passionate fans, I learned to love the game. I am now left with a deep love for not only Texas Tech football, but also Texas football in general.
I may have only just left Texas, but I cannot wait to return to Lubbock to see my Woodrow House friends and family again!