This time last year, I had been feeling rather frustrated with the daily routine that was my life. Don't get me wrong, I loved my job and the people I worked with, but I was longing for something more. I found myself constantly looking up destinations on Pinterest every chance I got. I dreamed of visiting these places, meeting new people and eating and drinking the local cuisine and beer.
After being home for a few weeks I was itching to get back out there and travel again. I thought about going to either Chicago, Omaha or Asheville. But when I really thought about it, my mind kept going back to Austin so I took it as a sign and booked a flight.
After 5 AMAZING days of exploring Austin and San Antonio, I decided to make a quick detour to Dallas and visit one of my oldest friends in the world. I met Karina back in the first grade when we became "name buddies". After the fourth grade Karina moved to Texas but we would always make it a point to see each other every time she came back to California. I had never had the chance to visit Karina in Texas so I thought it would be nice to pay her a visit for once. I got to visit the JFK Assassination Site and Memorial, the Fort Worth Stockyards and even jumped in the water fountain in Sundance Square Plaza.
Here are some of the additional pictures from my Austin trip. I took a walk along Town Lake to do some reading, had my first experience with Tex-Mex, did some beer tasting and went bar hopping on 6th Street. I also met up with my friend, Ed and went beer tasting at Austin Beerworks, where I got to try beer with real glitter in it! I even took a day trip to San Antonio because I was dying to visit the Alamo and explore the Riverwalk.
After Phoenix, I hopped on over to Austin for five days. If you know me, you know how long I had been wanting to visit Austin and couldn't have been more excited! During my time in Austin, I got to visit the UT campus, eat some great BBQ, try some local beer and even see my old friend, Ed. I definitely left a piece of my heart in Austin and I absolutely can't wait to visit again!