6 hours of driving the next day and we had finally made it to Austin. 1,917 miles later and we had landed in our new home. (Click on the miles and I’ve tracked our journey on google maps). It’s been exactly one month and two days since we’ve arrived, which seems so crazy!
Living on Rainey Street has proved to be so much fun. There is never a shortage of bars, restaurants and food trucks to walk to. We are also right by Lady Bird Lake, which is also the Colorado river that runs thru the city.
There is a beautiful three mile loop that we take Delilah on often and she loves it. It is part trail, part bridge over the water with beautiful views of the downtown skyline. We are not too far from the Congress bridge which takes you into South Congress, a street full of fun shops and restaurants that can get crazy busy with tourists, but fun none the less.
You can see the capital building there in the background. It is a massive and beautiful building. It is really cool to be living in a capital city and it has encouraged me to get more involved in politics and seeing what I can do to help. Two party branches are in walking distance from our apartment and I will be volunteering there to see what it is all about. Andrew has been bugging me to get into politics for a while now. It usually comes out after a few drinks and a few political conversations.
The picture at the top is at one of our favorite restaurants on the block. We went there right after we had arrived and loaded everything into the apartment. It happens to be right next door which makes it so easy to say, “meh, I don’t feel like making dinner, let’s go to No Va.” Tuesday nights are taco nights with $3 tacos (different every time, with homemade tortillas), with $5 margaritas (good ones too). Wednesday night is half off wine bottles. That happened to be the night we arrived and totally took advantage of it. Thursday night is a burger and a beer for $9. Andrew has been to a bunch of Thursday nights there, but I have only been to one and had a glutenous burger with a beef patty and steak with a fried egg on it. We are also big fans of their seasonal ceviche, springdale salad, brussels sprouts and cauliflower. They have an early and a late night happy hour. I promise this is not a plug, we just really love this place. Oh! and their brunch is AMAZING.
As for the bars on the street, we are biased, but even if we weren’t, it’s all about 1/2 Step. If you’re familiar with the Los Angeles bar scene, the same guys are behind The Varnish. It’s classic cocktails done so well along with the best draft Ginger Paloma you’ve ever had. They feature a ton of live musicians and bands and have a beautiful outdoor patio and lawn space. We went there after dinner to finish off our first night.
I’ll be posting more about all the spots on Rainey Street and others around Austin. So far Austin is exceeding my expectations.