Of all the cities Andrew and I could have moved to, I think picking Austin, TX was a prime choice. I briefly recapped my cross-country adventure a few blog posts back, and it’s safe to say I’m still just as ecstatic to reside in this enchanting place as I was on day one. Aside from a brief stint with homesickness (culture shock is a real thing, ya’ll), it has pretty much been smooth sailing from here on out. My very first friend in the area, a talented and spunky photographer by the name of Mimi, snapped these gorgeous pictures for me on the rooftop of Andrew and I’s apartment complex. You’ll find outfit details at the bottom of the post, but for now, here are my 5 favorite things about the quirky city of Austin:
The food. Foodies, this town should be at the very top of your bucket list. From food trucks to five-star Italian restaurants, there is no shortage of noms in ATX. I kid you not when I say the grilled cheese sandwich I ordered at 1 AM last weekend from a food truck on Rainey was nothing short of life-changing. We have Mexican cuisine for days, and at any given time, you’re only about a 10-minute walk away from an authentic BBQ restaurant. Albeit I’m a huge proponent of Torchy’s Tacos, a long-standing Austin staple, I’ll admit that I’ve found a couple other taco joints that easily rival them.
The people. We’re all one big happy family. The other day I was driving to the grocery store and failed to immediately notice a light turn green because I was too busy jamming out to my 90’s Pop playlist on Spotifiy. This is a fairly common occurrence. HOWEVER, for the first time in my life, I was not honked at profusely for my refusal to plummet through the light as soon as the opportunity was presented to me. It’s like people here actually have feelings, or something. I get the vibe that most humans here kind, compassionate individuals – and I can definitely get down with that.
The nightlife. I’ve never been much of a party animal. In fact, I’ve been known to fabricate made-up plans just to get out of actual plans with people on numerous occasions. But the beautiful thing about Austin is that there’s a nightlife scene catered to everyone – not just the stereotypical start drinking at 10 AM and don’t stop until we’re dead crew. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I simply don’t have the energy for such raucous, but if you do, rock on. I’m a laid-back, sip on a glass of wine or two kinda gal and therefore I feel happiest while cozying up at one of the bars on Rainey Street. With that being said, I do enjoy traipsing along 6th street from time to time. East 6th is comprised of an array of chill, hipsters bars that are essentially great date-night spots, while West 6th is more appropriate for a night out with the girls (or dudes).
The weather. Once I got past the fact that 95% of the country experiences seasons, I become more accepting of this strange and unusual concept known as ‘winter’. It was actually somewhat fun trading in my signature sundresses and flip flops for fur jackets and knee-high boots during those few weeks of frigid weather we experienced here in Texas. Now that it’s warmed up a bit, I’m happy and content as can be. Apparently it gets scorchingly hot during the summer – but I’m from Florida, and I spent my whole life preparing for this.
The culture. Austin is a true cultural melting pot. It’s easy to fit in around these parts, because everyone is unique in their own way. Avant-garde film festivals, live music, and innovative displays of creativity run rampant throughout the city, with local events happening almost every day of the week. Its also a technology hub – which is perfect for someone in the digital media field.