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Or Austin, specifically…btw, the flirt scene from Whip It! is one the guilty pleasures of my hipster alter ego. Also, Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore are amazing.

Ahem. Austin.

My iPhone guidebook described it as “the red headed stepchild of Dallas and Houston” which in my brief touristy three days there, sounded pretty damn accurate.  There’s a reason why the catchphrase is “Keep Austin Weird.” Thankfully, I’m weird too, so I loved it.

There were predictable pleasures: the rise of the Capitol building while walking up Congress Street, funky shops and open air street markets in SoCo, independent bookstores, BATS!, food trucks, TexMex, and four course plant food meals. (Austin is basically heaven for someone who is 98% vegan.)

And then there were the unexpected ones: an amazing anarchy and revolution in illustration exhibit at the Mexic-Arte Museum, trees, the Niépce heliograph (widely accepted as the first photograph ever made) at the Harry Ransom Center, trees, squirrels, trees.  Funny, the things you really miss when you live in the deserts of Qatar…

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Not gonna lie, I played air guitar when this one popped up on my screen…

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Let there be no doubt. We froze. It was the coldest weather anyone could remember in Austin. But for five precious minutes, the clouds parted and as though Gordon MacRae had willed it himself, there appeared a bright, golden haze on the meadow. Thank you Leah, Taylor, Nessa and Sara for the the growth opportunities and the good times.

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