“A Story for Halloween”
When I was in San Antonio I stayed at the Menger Hotel. It’s next to the Alamo and across the street from an entrance to the River Walk. Before I went on this trip, I read that the hotel is a historic building and Theodore Roosevelt visited there when he was recruiting for the Spanish-American War. I also learned that the hotel might have ghosts. But I wasn’t really concerned about that!
I arrived in San Antonio and found that the Menger Hotel was in the historic area of the city. The Alamo was across the street, and I could actually see it from the window of my hotel room. My impression of the Alamo was that it was tranquil, dignified, and surprisingly small.
From the Alamo I could walk across a plaza and down some steps to the River Walk. I would go there early in the morning, when most of the shops and restaurants were closed. I enjoyed seeing it without visitors milling around. There were only a few people outside sweeping the sidewalks in front of their shops (and some energetic people out jogging). However, I preferred to stroll along and enjoy the freshness of the morning.
On my last day in San Antonio I did some shopping and bought some beautiful turquoise earrings (and a bracelet). After I packed my suitcase, I went to the lobby to check out. As I walked through the hotel for the last time, I saw a shadow in a corner of the lobby where there shouldn’t be a shadow. Could it be a …? But it was afternoon, I was on my way home, and I nodded politely in the direction of the shadow, because you never can tell.