Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Austin; The "Europe" of Texas

Our 10th wedding anniversary was in October 2011 and to celebrate, we had been planning a trip to Rome, Italy. But due to an unforeseen event, all the money we had saved (and then some) was spent on something else. BUT- did we let that stop us? No! Instead my awesome mom came and stayed with the kids for 3 days so that we could go and visit the city of Austin! 

Here we are in front of the Texas State Capitol building...

And here is a shot of the capitol at sunset...

Did you know Austin is called "The Live Music Capital of the World"? Oh, you did know that. Well anyway, we found out that a band from New Zealand that we really like just happened to be playing the very same weekend we were there. So that was fun...

Our visit also happened to coincide with the Texas Book Festival and wouldn't you know it, Chad and I both love to read! Events include book signings, readings, and author Q & A's. 

Lucky us, James Dashner (or J-Dash as we call him for short), author of The Maze Runner trilogy was there for a question and answer session and book signing. We attended his Q&A and during his introduction, the MC said that J-Dash was a BYU alumni. We were excited that a fellow Mormon was amongst us and we tried to devise ways we could drop hints that we were LDS too. We gave up on that idea lest we appeared lame to Bro. Dashner. So we settled for a book signing...





Alton Brown was also signing his new cookbook in the same area but his line stretched down the street. We opted not to get his autograph, especially since we didn't have a copy of his new book (or any of his books for that matter). 

We did see Mr. Brown later at "Uncommon Objects"but we were again deterred from saying hello by our debilitating fear of lameness...


Overall Chad and I were really impressed with Austin. We really liked the diversity, culture, and unique small(ish) college town/state capital feel of the city. We liked it so much we would consider living there if Della's ties to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston weren't so important. The atmosphere of Austin caused us to affectionately rename it "The Europe of Texas." What's the big deal about Rome anyway? Do they even have anything close to the football legacy that University of Texas has? I don't think so! Sisitine Chapel? Pshaw! 







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