Of all the cities Andrew and I could have moved to, I think Austin truly was the perfect 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, 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 bites 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 big fan of Torchy’s Tacos, an Austin staple, I’ve already found a few other taco joints that easily rival them.
The people. 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 (weird). I get the vibe that the majority of humans here are 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 “let’s start drinking at 10 AM and don’t stop until we’re dead” crew. Not that there’s anything wrong with the rockstar lifestyle, I just no longer have the energy for that type of raucous at my age. I’m more of a laid-back, sip on a glass of wine or two kinda gal and therefore I feel happiest while cozying up at a low-key bar. Rainey Street is my jam.
The weather. Once I got past the fact that 95% of the country experiences seasons, I become more accepting of this strange concept known as ‘winter’. It was actually sorta fun trading in my signature sundresses and flip flops for fur jackets and knee-high boots during those few weeks of frigid temperatures. 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—so 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 marketing field.