Boho in SoCo

Trip Start Mar 23, 2009
Trip End Apr 01, 2009

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Our arrival in Austin could not come soon enough. On our way we had come across car loads of people stopped at the side of the highway
sitting with their children enjoying the view of Texas state flower,
the Bluebonnet, the herald of spring. It was when we started crawling in traffic 5 miles from the city I thought I was going to explode. While Laura continued her 'cirque du voiture' nap, I joined what seemed like the neverending line, with no exit in sight. How wrong we were, after a mile or so we found it was actually not a queue on the highway, but rather those busy Sunday Texans heading for a Flea Mart. Um, really... that better be the world's best one, cause no one should waste that much of their lives waiting.
Entering Austin, Penelope started having real issues with the road. And with much floundering we finally found our way to the South Congress (SoCo) district of Austin, a neighbourhood with a seriously bohemian edge. The San Jose Hotel, or The Compound, as Laura and I like to call it, is a renovated motel now brought to high bijous status with lush enclosed foliage, designer furniture and minimal studio features.  Exhausted we chose simply to sit on the patio outside our room, lounging in the leather Eames butterfly chairs. Laura sketched while I chose to write about our past adventures.
Later in the evening refreshed from a chilled afternoon in the sun we headed into Austin's 2nd street district to Lambert's Downtown Barbecue for some modern interpretation on Texan cuisine. This crowded warehouse style restaurant was filled with Austin's young, fun and single, all mingling with the sounds of the live bands playing away in the upstairs bar.
After dinner we walked around town a little, hoping to find some action on this quiet Sunday night. And whilst many places seemed to be open, there were few people to be found in any of them. Was it that everyone had work the next day? Either way, after dinner we felt a bit let down by the lack of enthusiasm from the cities residents. In the end it was probably for the best. After nearly a week of travel, it was time to take an easy night. Home to The Compound.
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