Now, I don’t think I’d ever really go to Texas by choice (my apologies if I’m offending any Texans reading this). And this past almost-week, I was there for a conference that lived up to its name – the Web Copywriting Intensive.
As I was battling a cold to start, it worsened as the time went on, and contrary to what I normally do, I pushed through and only rested until I got to my hotel room, which was about 8 PM every night after all the dinners and networking that I did. I didn’t have any medication to keep me sedated, only Emergen-C to drink every morning and lots of water and hot tea with lemon throughout the day. Miraculously, I felt much better the last day of the conference, Wednesday, and I’m hoping I didn’t get any of my fellow attendeeds sick in the process.
But I loved Austin. You’ve got to love a place that has the unofficial slogan, “Keep Austin weird.” So I’m planning to go back next year…and I’d love to take the fam with me and maybe go down to San Antonio for a few days before this starts again. Or, I’m thinking of doing the Austin Marathon, which goes the day before. I’m sure I could at least manage the half.
Overall, it was an awesome visit. But I had so little time to look around and soak in the local atmosphere. RAS said I should’ve gone to see a taping of “Austin City Limits,” but I couldn’t even manage to find a live music venue anywhere. Too many runners in town for the marathon choked the streets. So I am glad that I came a day before, when I got a rental and just tooled around town, not really having an agenda or plan.
In the evening, I did go to San Antonio. Since I had no map and couldn’t find a place to park in the massive Saturday night crowd, I don’t have any photographic proof of being there. Trust me, I was.
Here are some pictures of Austin:
I actually wanted to try this taco place, set in a “trailer park food court.” I was getting too hungry to wait around, and ended up going to the the stand next to it, which only had desserts. So I got a couple of cake pops. That held me over for a little bit.
The marathon took place right outside the first hotel I stayed at. Having been in plenty of races lately, I felt strange now watching a race as a spectator. It was still exciting, though. These were runners who were more at the back-of-the-pack (where I would’ve been, no doubt).
Later on, I decided to go for my own run – a mere four miles along the fantastic dirt trail along Town Lake. On the trail was a statue of the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, legendary blues guitarist and Texas native:
Apparently, people in Austin love to eat out. I wanted to try this place before I returned the rental to the airport, but as you can see…it was likely going to be a two-hour wait, minimum.
This place, Juan in a Million, was made famous by an episode of the now-defunct show “Man vs. Food,” where this guy, Adam Richman, takes on food eating challenges across the country. Apparently he ate seven breakfast tacos that were about a pound each. I don’t think I would’ve been able to finish one.
I didn’t eat here, either. I just liked the sign and thought it was a tribute to my husband! (It’s actually Lucky Robot, not Lucky Rob).
I did finally have lunch at another food truck, serving stuffed vegetable dosas with sambal and coconut chutney. Surprisingly good stuff, considering this was prepared by people who were not Asian Indians.
Then I disappeared into the Hyatt, and didn’t see daylight (almost) for the next three days. But I can’t wait to go back next year!