BBQ in Austin, TX, yea!

Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, July 30, 2012

I had a couchsurfing place in Austin and my first meeting with Eric and his daughter Charlotte was, to put it simply, strange. Eric is an artist type but not the type of artist I like, he is just strange for the sake of being strange, not the inspirational types I have met before who are into eclectic things because that is just who they are.

Anyway, I cooked them a vegan meal as a thanks for letting me stay. It was delicious I might just add, but I do think this dish needs more chili.

I walked around downtown a fair bit. In Austin for $2 you get 24 hours of transit anywhere transit goes. I spent some time filling out paperwork while in Austin,and due to this just really wasn't feeling very inspired by the city itself… hence the lack of pictures. The city was pretty though and had some really cool photo opportunities along the way.

I spent the night drinking wine and talking music with Eric. Good times. No hangover since it was organic wine. And then spent the day doing more uninspiring paperwork.

I had to stop doing paperwork so I researched the best barbeque in Texas and found that the apparent best barbeque in North America was in Austin: Flinder’s BBQ. Well, I went there and lined up. During the line up a blind guy started crossing the road and then stopped in the middle of the road and started shouting for help, eventually someone helped him to the other side of the road. Then the blind guy started yelling at everyone for not leaving their precious BBQ line to help a blind guy… I’d seen this guy pull the same act the day before on a different road and so I mentioned this to the guy in the line next to me.

His name was Jose, and he ended up buying my BBQ for me which was way nice of him. The BBQ was actually quite good as well, so while I can’t support the claim that it is the best in North America I can say it was pretty damn good!

I needed some wifi to get some more paperwork done so I went to the public library. They wouldn’t let me in with food so I sat out the front. Then they told me to move from the front of the library because sitting there wasn’t letting the library keep its aesthetically pleasing appearance. Really, I reckon some other library patrons had mentioned the strange fact that a girl on a laptop was sitting in the sun during 40 (102) degree heat. After 2 hours of sitting in the sun doing paperwork they finally invited me in (initially they had asked me to sit around the side of the building where all the homeless people were… ah, NO! Not with my laptop, no way!) Somehow, even with the heat, I didn’t feel that hot though, but I let the security guard know that the library needs to rethink their policy on this kind of thing. Another uninspiring day of paperwork.

Each morning I was in Austin I awoke to Charlotte coming into my room and giving me a hug good morning, not a bad way to wake up!

Jose and I met up again, and he gave me a tour of Austin, which was good because I hadn’t been feeling inspired and this was exactly what I needed. He took me to Bark Pool (named because of how many dogs go there), and then took me Canoeing in the river and thought I was crazy when I decided I was going to jump in… maybe I am a bit crazy! Then he took me to a few bars, we got some takeaway beers and went to a lookout over the city (aka a hike to a cliff)… I fell asleep on the cliff and apparently went to roll over the edge while I was sleeping… so we hiked back down breaking my thong (flip flop) in the process and called it a night!
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