Texas Trippin’ Part 3

Austin is one of those places I knew I needed to visit. It’s painted as such a fun city, filled with things to do and eat and see. Everything I’ve ever read about the place beckoned me to get there. There’s a tiny part of me that gets a little scared visiting a city that looks so intriguing. I’m afraid I’ll fall in love with it and not want to come home. Chattanooga felt that way – Just too good to leave. And, I was afraid that Austin would be the city that did me in- the city that would have me considering a move again. Dangerous turf.

It’s adorable, this city. We’re staying in a little house off South Congress, and I’d equate the area to a much hipper, happening Forest Park meets Southside Birmingham. More shops and restaurants and things to do, and a big Food Truck population. It’s located just outside of Downtown Austin, so there’s a fantastic mix of hipsters, college students and professionals. And, the residential area seems to be going through a revitalization, which is right up my alley.

Here are a few highlights of our time here:

A sweet welcome from our hosts at Verde Camp

A sweet welcome from our hosts at Verde Camp

Our backyard patio in Austin

Our backyard patio in Austin

Exploring the Travis Heights neighborhood ...

Exploring the Travis Heights neighborhood …

Our adorable kitchen!

Our adorable kitchen!

Visiting the Cathedral of Junk... Amazing!

Visiting the Cathedral of Junk… Amazing!

More of the Cathedral of Junk...

More of the Cathedral of Junk…

Even more "junk"

Even more “junk”

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Walking along South Congress...

Walking along South Congress…

Food trucks, galore!

Food trucks, galore!

$5 doughnuts and worth every penny

$5 doughnuts and worth every penny

Coming home from a day of exploring to find cupcakes and a sweet note from our hostess!

Coming home from a day of exploring to find cupcakes and a sweet note from our hostess!

Top off the beauty and atmosphere with already having a few friends in town and knowing that a new ITF is about to open, and it’s a tempting thought to move here. Austin, you sneaky city, you.

All of that to say that somewhere along the walk from our house to the taco truck, it hit me that seeing this city wasn’t about wanting to move here. It was more about taking the bits and pieces that I loved from Austin and planting them in Birmingham. Our tiny house here in Austin inspires me to get back home and get to working on our tiny house in Birmingham. And, the time and effort that I spent in planning and researching this city should be spent planning and loving what my current city has to offer. After all, that’s what I vowed to do 9 years ago when I moved back to Birmingham from California, anyway, wasn’t it?

Well done, Austin. You are a surprising inspiration. And suddenly, I’m ecstatic about going home. Thank you for that – it was much-needed.

Although this trip wasn’t to an exotic locale, as originally planned, it still provided the perspective we all need once in a while to make things fresh and new back home. It offered the opportunity to step outside of my norm, and look back in with fresh eyes. And, it made me realize that being home isn’t so bad after all, if it truly is where your heart is. 😉

See you next week, Birmingham!

tamihallman

5 Comments

  1. Did you eat a Gourdough donut? I know I would not have been able to resist trying one!

  2. Ah! Your post makes me miss Austin so much! I directed a show at the Cathedral of Junk a few years ago!

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