I have lived in Texas for about 22 years of my life, Houston to be exact, but for some reason I have never been to Austin. Why is that surprising? It’s the freaking state capital! Wasn’t I supposed to go on some school field trip or educational family trip when I was a child?
Anyway, as they say better late than never.
Recently, my best friend/ little sister (its a sorority thing) from college came down to Texas from Tennessee to visit her family for the Holidays. Since we haven’t seen each other in nearly four years, it was a absolute must we take advantage of this opportunity. So I drove the 3 hours to Austin for an epic and educational weekend.
We had a nice stay at the Omni Southpark Hotel. Right off Hwy 71. It’s an older Omni hotel definitely, not as posh as the downtown location, but it’s certainly a step up from the Motel 6’s of the world. Only major con- no free wifi…
The first night we had tickets to check out Movie vs Movie, an improv show at the Coldtowne Theater. The tickets were uber cheap, just $4, plus they had free margaritas (YES PLEASE!). The location was smaller than small but I could see it being a hotspot for Austin’s elite breed of hipsters. The moment we walked in it was painfully obvious we were outsiders. One would think living in hipster central Nashville for so long, I would have at least become an honorary hipster, nope. Hmmm, if only I would have worn a graphic v-neck t-shirt or plaid. Oh well next time I will be prepared. Now for the show, it was funny. I wasn’t hip enough to understand every joke and some of it was painfully silly but it was funny nonetheless. If you are in Austin, be sure to check it out.
We spent our Saturday doing all of the typical Austin touristy location. We enjoyed tours at the Capitol and the Bob Bullock Texas History museum. Plus a visit to the infamous Greetings from Austin Mural.
Even though it was a short visit and rainy for a good portion of the time, I must say I really enjoyed my visit. I hope to return to the great city of Austin soon!