For those of you who follow my often odd adventures, this weekend I went to Texas’ Capital, Austin. I attended a College Media Convention and went to my share of fun sessions where campus university advisers from around the nation pumped my mind full of cool, helpful new tools.

We flew American Airlines and stayed at Hilton, Austin. (Just in case you were wondering) 😉 I took a photo of the sunrise on the plane and the view from our hotel.

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Overall, Austin is weird. I realize their slogan is “Keep Austin Weird”‘ but, it’s not far from the truth.

After we landed and, since we were hungry, we stopped at a local hipster joint. I say hipster because, well, there are so many hipsters here. And honestly, if you’re not hipster, you’re in extreme poverty. The sadness sort of overwhelmed me when we first got to Austin. Our hotel is just around the corner from a Center for Homelessness. Dozens of families, couples, and singles sat outside of the center.

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Cenote was probably the most hipster eatery I’ve been to. It was the urban, Mexican restaurant that is half outdoor half indoor. I don’t remember the name of the dish (sorry, I’m a bad person) but, it was egg, tortilla strips, cheese, tomatoes, onions and avocado. It was NUM. If you’re ever in Austin, check out Cenote!

Afterwards, we went on a walk around town. They have super rad street art!

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Later on in the evening, we headed out to visit some local bars. (I am, indeed, 21). One of our favorites was The White Horse, where they played live jazz and dancers painted the town red.

We also stopped at some trailer trucks… not a cart, not a bus, not just any old “food truck” … a trailer truck. I munched on some good ol’ deep friedness.

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Here are some other lovely shots of Austin; warning, Voodoo Doughnuts included.

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Voodoo Dougnuts were great, the rain is pretty and street art is a thing in Austin. A big thing.

And on my flight back to my hometown (music pun), I snapped these babies..

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These shots were taken over Lake Michigan.

Overall, Austin really did stay true to their slogan, “Keep Austin Weird.” I told my family that I wouldn’t personally choose to live in Austin. While I did have a good time, I would only go to visit and not to stay.

Thanks, Texas and #collegemedia15 for providing me with a bunch of knowledge and the awesome chance to explore the south.

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