Travel Blog: Traveling to Austin

This is the first in a series of blog posts that will be published every Friday for a while. I’ve recently gotten back from a vacation that involved traveling to Texas, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona- all states I’ve never been to before. So stay tuned as the adventure unravels!

Note: I wrote the posts as they were happening, so everything is written in present tense rather than past tense. 

AAAAAAHHHHH! I’m in Texas! How cool is that? We got in earlier today-it was a three hour flight basically which really isn’t that bad. It took an hour to rent a car- long story- and an hour to drive to the hotel. Then we went to dinner with my friend.

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From left to right, Me, Alisha, Kat (<- Friend getting married)

So the whole reason I am in Texas is for my friends wedding, so we came a few days before hand (she gets married this Saturday) because, hello it’s Texas! I’ve never been to the South before, on the plane it looked so flat coming in, then all of a sudden there were skyscrapers. It looked so out of place.

I’ve been really surprised by all the trees that are here. It’s not like Oregon of course, but with in the city there are so many more trees and shrubs than there are in Portland. In Portland every things landscaped to perfection, while Austin is more wild and free. It’s pretty cool. Austin is best described I think in terms of the roads, as continuously rolling hills. When driving it always seems like up and down, up and down, with very little flat. Which is the opposite I expected. I thought it was all going to be all flat.

The roads themselves are pretty bad compared to Oregon, which just makes me love Oregon more. But to be fair there is an awful lot of construction happening. The things I’ve noticed so far are pothole, like lots of them, lack of painted lines, and awkward merging right hand lanes. Sometimes you have time to safely merge, sometime you have to YOLO in. Oh and the toll roads!? Like what! How do you have bad roads that are tolled? Does that money not go back into the road? It is pretty easy to avoid the tolls if you want to which is nice.

For dinner we went to a cajun place that was amazing! I had gator tail-it was so delicious. I also tried fried okra for the first time. It was delicious, and is now like my new favorite food.

All in all it was a great start to the trip.

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