Everybody around me seems to be falling in love with Austin all over again.
I created my Texas bucket list with the idea that I would be moving far, far away sometime in the near future. In fact, I rang in the new year being hell-bent on moving to Seattle by the end of 2013.
But exploring more of Austin through this bucket list, plus my usual hangouts, makes it understandable why our city’s been topping “best cities” lists lately. (See here and here and here, for example.)
Every year during SXSW, Austinites groan about visitors falling in love with a misrepresentation of our city. Surely they recognize that not every parking lot serves as a music venue year-round, but do they understand that the traffic doesn’t get much better once they leave? Or that the weather in March is usually such a tease? That the summer heat has reduced some individuals to tears before? (See: me, for example.)
I’ve been thinking about it more lately, though, and maybe visitors are just seeing the greatness that I’m used to and take for granted.
Maybe the grass isn’t greener on the other side.
Some of my favorite Austin pastimes include:
- Friend dates on the rooftop at Whole Foods downtown
- Perusing Bookpeople
- People-watching at Cheer Up Charlie’s
- Sunday mornings at Houndstooth and Tacodeli
- Scrabble games at Thunderbird
- Running Town Lake
- Happy hour at La Condesa
- Baaaaaike riiiiiides downtown
- Watching movies at an Alamo Drafthouse
- Seeing bands at Mohawk
- The occasional cray-cray night at The Barbz