What is home?
I looked up the definition of "home" through Dictionary.com which resulted in 31 definitions! In my opinion, home is where you make it. Some of the definitions also suggest that home is where you are from, a place of origin. In this case, I have two homes.
My first home was in Ukraine in the city of half a million people- Mariupol.
Mariupol is based on Azov Sea and is a port city. It is also a very industrial city with two steel plants that produce most of Ukraine's export (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariupol). I lived there for 13 years, and loved the city with its many alleys and parks. The city is especially beautiful in the summer.
And a little grayer during bad weather.
In 2002 Houston became my new and current home. It took some time for me to call this new place home and make it "my own" to the point where I am comfortable and eager to be home.
I have visited other places across united States: Washington State, California, Arizona, Louisiana, Geogia, Florida, and although each place has something unique to offer, I am glad to live in Texas, specifically in Houston at this point of my life. Many complain that Houston is "boring", but I have to disagree, I think Houston has a lot to offer, you just have to know where to look.
My favorite place in the city has to be Hermann Park, there is so much to do: zoo is right next door; outdoor miller theatre inside the park offers often free shows under the fresh air and blue skies; you can rent a pedal boat and ride around the lake; you can take a ride on the park's train and much more...
There is also Discovery Green park, which is right in the heart of downtown
And Memorial Park is perfect for hiking and biking
Rice university campus is absolutely gorgeous!
University of Houston campus is not bad looking either.. :)
I can go on, and on about the hidden jewels of Houston, but the point is that Houston is my home, and I love living here! :)