Today, I’m sharing with you my trip to Austin. Although I know that there is no way I’m going to be able to fully express how much I absolutely loved it through words, I’ll certainly try. Everything about Austin made me so happy! The entire time I was there I just kept thinking to myself, how can I live here? How can this be my life? The entire city is filled with awesome murals and genuinely nice people, could you ask for anything more? I could go on and on about all the delicious food and the cutest coffee shops (don’t worry I will, I’m just saving those for future posts). But overall, the city just had the coolest vibe ever.
I loved that in some ways it was so city. There were always tons of people all over walking up and down Congress Ave. You could find lots of shopping, restaurants, public transportation and all that good city life. (Everything I’ve missed from up north since moving to Florida) And on the complete opposite end it still felt very tranquil! You could enjoy nature by hiking or kayaking. It was truly just the best of both worlds, and trust me we definitely took advantage of both!
One of the only nice days there (unfortunately we had terrible weather) we went kayaking at Barton Springs. They also have a huge natural pool but it was closed the day we went (major sad face emoji) Kayaking was so fun though! It was crazy to me how a place so close to the city was still so calm and quiet. Not going to lie, I felt a little like Ron Swanson, being very one with nature.
We also went hiking at a place called Mt. Bonnell. It is so unlike me to enjoy something like hiking. If you know anything about me, you know I’m just not a very outdoorsy gal. I’m so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone though because the views were amazing. It was so different than anything you could get down here in Florida and I was loving it!
We went and visited the Texas State Capital building which was gorgeous! I mean I’m not really one to marvel at architecture but like this place was phenom. After attempting to de-fog my camera outside for 20 minutes (seriously the humidity was insane) we went inside to explore. It was huge and just as cool inside. We ran into a group of high school kids playing man hunt. Are you serious? Man hunt in the State Capital?! HOW COOL.
On every single list of “things you must do in Austin” was see the bats fly out from under Congress bridge. Now, I’m not sure about you but nothing about that seemed like anything I would want to do. After seeing them, …still nothing I would ever want to do. Although, I heard we just went at a bad time because it had been raining and crazy overcast. But we did see quite the sunset so not complaining there!
Austin is home to the corporate headquarters of Whole Foods and let me tell you, AMAZING. It was huge and we loved every part of it. To be honest, we had never been to a Whole Foods so it was a new experience all together. Who knew that a grocery store could be so cool? Disclaimer: the one in Florida does not compare.
Two of the coolest places that we stopped in were Waterloo Records and Book People. Waterloo made me want to go out and buy a record player right now and just buy all the records! Book People was awesome, too. I loved that on one of the shelves throughout the whole store they had book recommendations written by all different kinds of people, ugh, I just loved it. I could live there! Plus we spotted a Game of Thrones book so John and I sat and read through that for a bit.
We also had to make a stop at Allen’s Boots because … well duh! When in Rome right?! I didn't end up getting any boots but I did see a lot that I loved.
One of my favorite things was all of the murals throughout Austin. It felt like every wall had something painted on it whether it was a positive message, artwork or Mr Rogers asking you to be his neighbor. There were definitely some that are very well known, but even the ones that were not were still beautiful. I made my mom and brother come mural hunting with me through out the city and I found some awesome ones! (Saving that post for another day too!)
Sorry if this post is a bit all over the place. Austin was just full of awesomeness and I want to be able to share it all with you! Don’t worry you’ll see more of it in some posts soon! And I hope to see more of real life Austin in the future too!
Me too Austin, me too!