Austin, you were hotter than the pits of Sheol and fried my hair to a crisp, but I absolutely love you.
It's taken me far too long to get this post up, mostly as I had to filter through 500 photos of our 5-day trip! Austin is the most photogenic city I've visited to date. Every corner we turned presented us with a full spectrum of color and typography. I was in heaven. Creativity seeping out of every crevasse of this city-- it's truly magical.
We spent our first few days of the trip getting the lay of the land with no specific plan in place. We decided to split the trip in two parts-- the beginning of the trip was mostly spent downtown near our hotel while the last leg of the trip was spent in a surrounding neighborhood of Austin near our Airbnb. The city itself is unique in nature, sitting perfectly in the middle of flat Texas fields and the hill country. It's possible to have two completely different geographical experiences if you visit (which I believe is part of the charm of this city)!
Congress Avenue is one of the most noted streets of Austin and home to the famous Jo's coffee. They serve coffee and breakfast tacos which is the pride and joy of this city. Mom and I tried breakfast tacos (for dinner). Big fans, we are of the b tacos.
We perused a few boutiques along the strip and bought my older brother a few items at an incredible men's shop called Stag Provisions. If you're male and find yourself in Austin, make sure to stop! Another favorite shop was a palace of quirky antiques from all over the U.S. We found a vintage Texas Longhorns basketball jersey, a 1940 city of Chicago flag, and boy scout belt buckles from the 1960s. All necessities, but we decided to part ways without. Nevertheless, we loved spending an hour traveling back in time.
We ended our day at Hillside Farmacy in East Austin for dinner. It was originally a pharmacy in the early 1900s and was recently converted to a restaurant. A beautiful space with simple food. I wish I was a bigger fan of oysters because their raw bar was gorgeous!
On a personal note, this trip was a great reminder of why travel is so important. It is, of course, a privilege. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to go from place to place without much sacrifice. With this all said, inhabiting a new place and soaking in it's personality puts my dreams in perspective. It's much too easy for me to get caught in the fantasy of a new city, but ultimately, I wouldn't have loved this trip half as much if I weren't with my mom. My people, they're the main show. The rest is supplementary.
Thanking God today for staying steadfast and true during this season of uncertainty! Second post on Austin to come sooner than the first.