There are many obstacles making travel between the United States and Australia relatively infrequent, with the most obvious example being the vast distance that must be traversed to reach one from the other. The daylong flight can be both physically and psychologically exhausting, which makes it necessary to plan for a relatively lengthy stay that accounts for the need to recover from the time spent on the plane and to adjust to the disorienting time-zone difference.
While these factors may limit some Australians and Americans from making frequent trips between their two countries, Dr. Raouf Farag has not been the least bit bothered by the lengthy travel requirements and has returned to the United States on a relatively regular basis. The fact that the Australian IVF doctor returns with such frequency is only one aspect of the surprise, as Dr. Farag also makes a point to spend the overwhelming majority of his time in two cities within the borders of Texas: Harlingen and Galveston.
Though Dr. Farag acknowledges that Harlingen and Galveston are not exactly the most popular of Texas tourist destinations, he makes it clear that it is not just the sights or attractions of either city that keeps drawing him back time and again. Instead, the New South Wales doctor prefers to visit these Texas towns simply because of the wonderful friends he has made during his frequent visits over the years.
Citing his initial experience with the famed Texas hospitality as a major reason for his first return trip to Harlingen, Dr. Farag quickly developed several strong friendships with many of the residents of both Harlingen and Galveston and was honored that many of those individuals then made the long journey to visit him at his home in Gosford, New South Wales. The fast friends have since continued to visit each other’s homes as often as possible, and each visit includes at least one trip to a new and entirely unfamiliar location. While this may not be the most efficient way to experience an entire country, Dr. Farag notes that it is a simple eventuality that he will get to see everything Texas and the United States have to offer.