For the first time in my life, I was able to travel for work, which brought me down to the Lonestar State for a conference last week. On the final day of work, Cesar met up with my coworkers and I in San Antonio to check out the Alamo. We grabbed some tacos at the River Walk, and were quickly off to Austin to discover what makes the locals so “weird,” and to stay in the vintage 70s silver Airstream of my dreams.
It goes without saying that the best part of any vacation is always — ALWAYS — the part you weren’t able to capture via photograph. Grainy, dark photos wouldn’t do any justice in showing how much of a good time we had experiencing the night life, the food trucks and the art of the city. In this case, I’m talking about each and every bar we wandered past on E 6th Street that had live bands crankin’ out jams and the Robert Therrien exhibit currently at The Contemporary Austin. The frozen corpse of the Long Lost “Minnesota Iceman” at Museum of Weird also makes the list of items that didn’t make it onto my camera memory card. Some of my favorites in Austin:
Dancing/Live Music: One of the first places Cesar and I visited was the Billy Reid shop in Austin, where the folks there so graciously put together a list of must-see dive bars and vintage stores.The White Horse was described to Cesar and I as a “modern day honky-tonk,” so of course we had to check it out. On that note, if walking down the streets at night in Austin can make me feel like I’m attending multiple concerts in one day, than I’m down with that. Case in point: Gypsy’s Lounge.
Street Art: I loved the “You’re My Butter Half” mural on E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Alamo Street. It’s also sort of obligatory to get a photo in front of the “Greetings from Austin” mural at Roadhouse Relics. If you don’t have time to drive from location to location, a good bet for street art photos is the graffiti park Hope Outdoor Gallery.
Tex-Mex Food: My boyfriend and I had just been going through a rundown of our favorite restaurants in each of the cities we’ve visited when a sizzling plate of tacos alambre was placed in front of him at Licha’s Cantina. In the flowery verbiage of a food critic, he described his tacos as, “so flavorful it feels like a Fruit Gusher popping open in your mouth.” I can vouch. BEST. TACOS. I’VE. EVER. EATEN. OH. MY. GOODNESS.
Vintage Shopping: I’m not in the market for vintage human anatomy posters or antique jewelry, but I still had fun rummaging through the items at Uncommon Objects on South Congress. Also, lots of cute Justin boots and leather handbags up for grabs at New Bohemia.
I hate to act like an expert on a city I’ve only visited once, but a girl’s gotta give kudos where kudos are due.