Did you see my video on Austin? If not, you can check it out here
Now I’m not going to lie. I went to Austin because they filmed Friday Night Lights there. Yes, that’s the kind of person I am. I love tv shows so much that I will stand in a spot that they filmed in and take a photo as though I now have something to do with the show. I’m the kind of person actors fear. It’s OK though. I’d never do anything to them. Except wear their skin. Jokes. See, I added that in there so you'd think I’m joking. Put it this way, I filmed going around to all the locations and it was so creepy, I haven't been able to cut a non serial killer version yet.
Friday Night Lights aside, Austin really blew me away. From the moment we got there, picked up our rental car, and hit the roads, Austin relaxed vibe started to pluck at the heart strings. I loved it. When we hit cities, Rowan usually insists on at least trying to tick the generic "to see" list which is good because if it were up to me, all we'd see would be food joints and the cereal aisle in a supermarket. Doing Austin's "to see" list was so pleasant though. Perhaps it was the heat of Austin's summer, maybe it was the nice wide lanes and spread out city, but I just loved it there.
This fondness could be partially because of the ridiculous amount of food available. If you watched my video, you would have seen me use a travel video as an excuse to eat an absurd amount of food.
And look at this slogan. "Try one, they're delicious!" OK, I will. You got me, bro. You got me.
The donut was truthfully a little intense and my fondness of absurd sweetness probably allowed me to battle through that heart attack on a plate but there was so much on offer, it was hard not to try everything. Like these tacos.
Which I tried once. And then went back for that night.
Usually when we travel, we stay in holiday rentals or I try to find a place with a kitchen because food on the road for more than a few weeks gets a bit overwhelming and expensive. We stayed in a beautiful airbnb in Austin but didn't use the kitchen once and that's a first for me. Breakfast tacos? OK. If you insist. Lunch tacos? FINE. Dinner tacos? Because I'm your friend, I'll say yes. This was the conversation with myself that would happen in my head. Obviously, one of me is hilarious.
By the way, watch out for this frozen banana food truck. I think I used all my savings there :( What was even more upsetting was that despite my frequent visits that week, the person working the truck didn't want to be best friends. I've always yearned for that moment where I can walk up to a place and go, "just the usual," like a cool cat. This banana stand was not going to grant this wish. Next time.
The only thing I didn't really enjoy was probably the iconic sixth street district however, as I'm sure you're aware by now, I'm not a big party person.
"WHAT?" the reader cried in disbelief.
"WHAT?" Natalie cried back, for she knew nobody would actually care.
Perhaps it's the no drinking thing but I find a lot of night life a little messy so I tended to opt for quieter beer gardens which at least had some live music or a less intense vibe. A lot of my friends have enjoyed sixth street so please don't let me put you off, I'm just a boring old sod sometimes.
So, if you've made it this far, have you ever been pleasantly surprised by a city you've visited?