Never Have I Ever: Austin Edition

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?

Hmmmm…

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…

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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.

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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.

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austin mural

Victoria 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!

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