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Austin, the self-proclaimed ‘live music capital of the world’ does itself absolutely no harm in living up to this title – and this is before you even leave the airport. An eclectic city in the heart of the USA’s largest state of Texas, Austin is an awesome mix of old school Texan charm and progressive thinking hippy free love, highlighted in its slogan “keep Austin weird” – and man do they embrace it!
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There are so many insanely cool places to visit in Austin – it is hard to know where to start. So I guess I’ll start with what I remember most right? Sixth Street. A street in downtown Austin lined with bars, restaurants, theatres and live music venues, Sixth Street is the central hub for all things of an entertainment/party nature if you are so inclined to dabble in such past times. No matter what your scene is, you’ll be sure to find somewhere tailored to your tastes. The street is closed off to traffic on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, creating an awesome and fun atmosphere for those wanting to get out and dust off the cobwebs.
From night time festivities to some day time mischief, I would highly recommend a trip/walk/swim to Barton Springs Pool – a natural spring fed pool, close to downtown Austin. Austinites love this place and for good reason. It is a refreshing way to get out of the hot Texan summer sun, get your rig/bikini out and mingle with some friendly locals.
If you love shopping (and hell yes I do), South Congress Avenue is phenomenal. There are literally hundreds of boutique shops lining the road, where you can purchase anything from crazy wacko fancy dress costumes, to original Elvis vinyl’s or owl head candle holders.
Austin has a crazy number of craft meat eateries but one in particular I have to pump up is Micklethwait Craft Meats. Arggg. This meat… was absolutely mouthwatering. As the taste nostalgia reverberates in my brain, my mouth is literally watering as I type. I know food is a subjective thing but this was simply the best brisket I have ever tasted. Stuff it… I’m booking my ticket back there now. If you go to Austin… GO HERE.
If you are travelling on a budget (hey actually, even if you’re not on a budget), staying at the Firehouse Hostel was an awesome experience. I met some of the most legendary American and international travellers at this joint. The hostel staff are awesome, the dorm beds are sweet and the Firehouse bar behind the bookcase is a great place to tuck into a couple of sneaky Texan pale ales prior to walking the grand total of 20m to get to Sixth Street. Visit http://www.firehousehostel.com
Lastly, some other things I would recommend doing are visiting the massive Wholefoods health store on Lamar Avenue (for all your chia quinoa kale needs), checking out the Texas Capitol building if you have any interest in American history or taking a stroll around the University of Texas at Austin campus (there is such a cool vibe around this place).
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Keep Austin weird,
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