Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"weird" and "cool" Austin.

So, that light fixture right there was $90 a letter?! If I had $90 to spend on a light-up letter, that 'A' totally would have came home with me. But, don't and didn't ;) 

And if someone were to ask me what I thought about Austin, I would say that it was cool. And weird.  There was lot's of cool music. It had a lot of fun and unique shops. And that the food was good. And that there were some weird people. And don't go see the bats until after 9:00! But I'll slow down now and explain more...

We drove out to Austin this past weekend to stay with my Mom because my youngest brother was in town. My sister and her boyfriend came out too, and ALL THE DOGS! We brought Ted, my sister brought her dog and my Mom also has a dog so it was madness. (well, it's mostly just Ted who brings the madness lol) I kind of felt like we were camping or something because it was such a full house, and because I mostly never know where I am ever so life is always like a vacation, haha. (never been camping, but I do know it's not usually done in a condo..just not sure how else to describe it)

We knew we were going to go downtown Austin Saturday night, so the day before I had tried to look up some "cool" things to do, but it was kind of hard to pinpoint where to start. There is a lot to do there. A lot to see. A lot of good food possibilities. Honestly, I was really interested in all these cool graffiti murals they have, and if was up to me I would have spent most of my time tracking them down to take photos of. But, I'll jump ahead here and tell you that we didn't do that. Instead, I will just steal them off google and show you how cool they are. 




I actually have never heard of that Matthew McConaughey one until just now, but that's cool. 

Anyway. Here is what I did take some photos of...






Mostly photos of signs, t-shirts and the back of Johns head.

It was about 1,000 degrees outside, so we didn't head down there until after 5pm. And nobody cared about the murals or the any of the other silly things I researched so we just went with the "walk until we see something cool" approach. We had our uber (when your sister works for uber you do not drive anywhere) drop us off on the famous 6th Street where we just wandered in and out of shops for a bit. 

Right away I could tell that this was a "weird" city. And I don't mean that in a bad way necessarily. The people seem interesting, and it just seems like a different sort of lifestyle there. I was taking some pictures outside a storefront window of t-shirts (because why?) and some guy stopped and pretended to take a picture too. Like used his hands to click a pretend camera, and then kept walking. Someone drove down the street sticking their head out the window screaming the lyrics to Miley Cyrus "Party in the USA." Just weird things like that..

And this is Johns face when we went into the "Museum of Weird" and the woman working there was telling us about some guy who is immune to electricity. He was a just a little skeptical. John was the one who was a little uncomfortable during this "wander" down 6th Street. He later explained it like, he was just too "conservative" for it. Haha. 

And maybe we are. I'll give him that. Almost immediately I suggested that we stop for a drink because it was a lot to take in. We ended up stopping at this place called the Iron Cactus for margaritas (sorry 15 yr old brother) and guac. (again sorry brother, but who doesn't like avacados?!)



This is my baby sista Jordan and her bf Casey. We mostly picked this restaurant for the cool view, which I did not get a picture of except for this. But besides the view, the best part about this place was that the perimeter surrounding the outdoor seating area, was lined with something like fans but were misting out water too. It was ah-mazing! I have never seen anything like it before. Felt so good! 

I feel like this is just totally random and probably means nothing? 

I got this 1 photo of John and I. And instead of in front of a cool mural, I opted for this wall of nails/staples/tacks. I look happy because I had one margarita in me. John looks happy because I made him stop on the sidewalk while a lot of people were trying to walk by, and there was a man to the left of us trying to balance a long stemmed flower on his head tweakin' out. Oh wait, just kidding, he looks happy because he LOVES ME and goes along with my stupid requests like this. Love you too John. 

*Also I was totally called out by John and my sister for trying to "stage" photos and being annoying, which I was, so I tried to just be candid and real after this. I'm lucky I'm surrounded by these people, truly. Everyone needs someone to keep them grounded. Especially someone with a blog ;)*

(so moving on)..we continued to wander around some more, blah blah. Took another uber to another section of town. Eventually someone had to pee, so we stopped in a cafe to let that person pee/get another drink. It was there where the barista told us that the Congress Ave. bridge, also known as the "bat bridge" was just around the corner. Apparently each night over 2 million bats come out from under the bridge. And it was going to happen in 30 minutes! So we headed over that way..

Look at all those people! They lined both sides of the bridge. And all those people in the water in boats and kayaks?! There were even hotels behind us with tons of people waiting out on balconies to see this. I had read about this bat thing before, but I had no idea it was such a huge attraction.  

Then we waited...and waited. And entertained ourselves with taking pictures, (john called this one an "oscar selfie" lol) petting dogs, and eavesdropping on strangers conversations. 

So long story short, we waited over an hour before we decided to just leave. It was dark, we were hungry again and the bats just weren't coming out. And I think we were at the wrong end of the bridge anyways. But, here's what we would have seen had we stayed. (maybe?) Also stolen off the internet.. 

And the good news is that there's a bat bridge in Houston too, so if we REALLY wanted to, we could go there sometime ;)


By this time it was pretty dark out, and all of a sudden there were TONS of these richshaws/pedicab things everywhere! (I really had no idea what they were called, I just had to google "austin, bike carriages") It was pretty cool to see. Some streets even had their own lanes for them. I think that if it would have been just John and I (+ a few more margaritas) I might have wanted to take a ride. But, I also would have felt bad for him/her peddling. That has got to be so hard right?

The other thing I thought was pretty cool about Austin at night, was that there were twinkle lights everywhere! All of a sudden it felt like Chicago in December, except it was still HOT out. (and because I was wearing shorts & sandals and million other reasons) But how charming right?

So, I think I mentioned we were hungry again, yes? We didn't want to go anywhere far, so we walked to a nearby Mexican restaurant where I had mexican food for the THIRD time that day! (we had Chipotle for lunch earlier haha) 

You KNOW you're at a good place when they have the tortilla machine. We had another margarita, more chips & salsa, and John and I shared steak fajitas. After we ordered we literally saw the guy come out to make the fresh tortillas. I think Texas will really ruin Mexican food for me after this ;) It is just too good here. 

Now the highlight of my whole night though...

We left the restaurant, and while we were waiting for our ride to pick us up I kept looking across the street at this building thinking that it looked so familiar. Then it hit me.  I took out my phone to look up the address, and I was right, it was the Real World Austin house! Seriously whenever I think of Austin, a little voice in my head goes "The Real World: Austin!" like the opening of the show. I couldn't believe it! That was by far my favorite season ever, so the 16 year old inside me was geeking out a little. No one else seemed to care though haha. I think my little brother even asked "what's the real world?" 

How many pictures am I allowed to steal off google in one post? But just my final proof here that yes, that was it! Even though no one else probably cares...

So let me do a tally here. I used the word "weird" 5 times throughout this, and the word "cool" 11 times.

So I guess Austin was pretty cool ;)
 x

17 comments:

  1. What a fun trip! I still haven't decided if we are going to stop in Austin or San Antonio on our way to Padre but now I'm leaning towards Austin!

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    1. Austin would have been really cool if we were more "night life" people. And probably if you had stayed the night downtown. I don't really think I got a real good "feel" for it in only 6 hours though lol. We are probably going to San Antonio within the next month..so I'll let you know how it is!

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  2. Haha your posts always make me laugh, I love your descriptions of you time there! I've never been to Austin but I went to Dallas once and I just found everyone to be really attractive, but it also could have been the 17 year old boy crazy in me. That bridge sounds terrifying, what if they land on you? And I really liked the Vegas season because they were all nuts and that innocent girl had no idea her boyfriend on the show was in porn. But anywhooo, sounds like you guys had fun!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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    1. HAHAHA "I went to Dallas once and I just found everyone to be really attractive" I might have to go there now and see if that is true lol. Everyone in Austin had beards. I think they call them "hipsters" lol. I didn't even think about that with the bats..I probably would have been terrified if they had come out because I went to a zoo once where there were free flying bats and it was just creepy. And OMG I remember that season!! That was a good one too. I think they even dated for a while after the show ended. He was just weird. Dustin! That was his name haha.

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  3. wait wait wait, your sister works for Uber?! Those are the best "cabs" ever!! Austin looks super fun and sounds as hot at Arizona haha aren't those fan mister things the BEST ever?? Also jealous you have mexican food 3 times in one day. Ps Chipotle makes bean and cheese burritos and they're like $2 and huge and so good. Random but that's usually what I get haha It's so goood! Texas looks kinda like Boston (from your pictures) how there's just cool murals and bike taxi things everywhere.

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    1. Hahah yes she does! That is why she moved to Houston to be at the office here! It definitely comes in handy when hanging out with her ;) I don't think it's quite as hot here as where you are..it's been just hovering over 100, but those fans were so sweet! I have never seen something like that before! And I DID NOT KNOW THAT ABOUT CHIPOTLE!!! I actually got the kids chicken quesadilla with beans, rice, chips and apple juice for like $4.99..but sometimes it's not enough food lol. I was hungry like an hour later. And it was funny, the guy caught me off guard, and asked me "how old is your kid?" and without thinking I was like "8" and then I realized that really is a meal size for a 3 year old not an 8 year old lol. I am so going to order a bean and cheese burrito next time. I love hearing these tips!!! So important in life ;)

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  4. I had no idea Austin was labeled as "Weird". It definitely seems like an eclectic city thats for sure. Maybe a little too eclectic, but definitely seemed worth the experience! So much Mexican food! I don't know the last time I had Mexican! I am with your little brother, I don't like guac. I can't figure out why because I like avocado (clearly I don't know what is in guacamole).

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    1. Yes! That's the word, eclectic! It was fun, but too much fun for someone boring like me haha. I already know you like tomatoes, so you should just try avacado, diced tomatoes, lemon juice and salt & pepper! So good!!!

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  5. Oh my gosh, YES to Real World Austin!! Did you know that show is still on?! I've heard a lot of good things about Austin and really want to check it out one day - although I'd probably avoid the bat bridge because that sounds slightly terrifying, haha. Glad you were able to get together with your family aaaand eat Mexican 3 times in one day!!

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    1. Someone did tell me that show was still on! I wonder if it's any good. I haven't watched it in years, but I have watched "the challenge." Which is actually a lot of these characters from Austin lol. I just love the drama!!!

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  6. Austin is a bit of a weird one. I went there on my first solo work trip, so I was kinda nervous to venture out too far on my own, but it was definitely interesting! Also, I had someone stop and do the same thing to me in Austin when I was taking a picture - it must have been the same guy! haha

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    1. No way!!! That is too weird! He was totally making fun of me, which is fine lol, but I was just surprised by it. I've been here in the suburbs too long where everyone is perfectly polite in public lol.

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  7. Hmmm...I've heard Austin is a lot like Nashville, but I've never been. I do want to travel there someday to see for myself.

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    1. And I want to see Nashville someday! I really like Austin, my Mom just moved there, but this was my first time "downtown." It was like a whole different world than where she is haha!

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  8. we went to austin this year and loved it! you described it just how i felt about it :) you two are darling.

    xo welltraveledwife.com

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    1. Good, glad to know we aren't the only ones! We would much rather be somewhere in Europe ;) wink wink

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  9. i have never been to Austin - it definitely looks weird and cool ;) but $90 a letter? jeepers!

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