Surviving Austin: Day Six

Valeri here, starting out our last entry for this trip.

I’m a little surprised at how much I enjoyed Austin. I wasn’t quite in the “Texas Is the Worst” category like Matthew, but it doesn’t necessarily excite me either. I was most excited to get away, to see our friends and to experience some new foods. What I didn’t expect was to be flabbergasted at the views Austin offered.
As we were driving the 11 hours home, Matthew and I had our “what we enjoyed most” talk. On our way home from each trip, we talk about the things we enjoyed the most: events, foods and the things that surprised us. It always ends in a discussion of whether we could see ourselves make the trip again, and surprisingly we’ve decided a trip back to Austin is in our future … just maybe via plane … for Matthew’s sake.
I try my best most days to search for a new view, and Austin gave me that. Everyday I got to see the city from a different angle, and that’s what I loved most about this trip. From the top of Mount Bonnell on the first day to our very slow cruise on Lady Bird Lake our last day, the new views every day would definitely bring me back again.

Matthew here, tapping in to wrap things up on this year’s adventure.
Autumn is the best.
I love the way it looks, the way it smells, the way it forces warm sweaters out from their guarded existence in the back reaches of the closet — I guess I just love Autumn.
One of my absolutely favorite things is what Autumn does to my calendar. Suddenly, as if it were magic, all of the “Meeting for This Thing” and “Appointment to Discuss That Thing” all disappear and are replaced with a single glorious word. This word brings feelings of utter elation and sweet relief all in the same breath.

I’m sure you’ve sorted out the word by now:
VACATION

Everyone loves a vacation. It’s an escape form the mundane. Even if you absolutely love what you do, you need a break every once in a while — even if it’s just for a bit and you can’t go very far — but if you can go, grab that one person that you’ve dubbed “best friend” and make them go with you. It will make all the difference.

Now pardon me while I climb up on my soap box for just a bit.
The world is pretty messed up right now, and I feel like I should use any and all platforms available to me (even our humble travel blog) to remind people to be kind.
Take a minute to consider how your actions affect others — whether that’s letting someone into a tight spot in traffic, holding the door that split second longer, saying “thank you,” wearing a mask when you’re around people or simply smiling at someone from afar.
Sure, any and all of these things might inconvenience you the tiniest bit, and hey, you might disagree with some of them entirely … but if it makes the other person around you feel the least bit happier, safer or respected, it’s worth it.

Thank you so much for following along with us this year. Hopefully the next few years will bring more adventures and more blog entries!

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“There’s a freedom you begin to feel the closer you get to Austin, Texas.”
Willie Nelson

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