For those of you who are not familiar with the Austin life, here are a few reasons why I absolutely love this place. If you were not aware before, I should let you know we Austinites have a saying for Austin, "Keep Austin Weird!" You might have heard we are a bunch of hippies and liberals, but thats not completely true (yes, there are many hippies and liberals walking the streets).
The Eyes of Texas are Upon You. I might be biased in saying that UT is the best school ever, but its also the school I attend, so I am allowed to be biased. Living in Austin as a Longhorn brings a sense of pride like nothing I have ever experienced before. If you have ever been to a UT home football game, you know exactly what I am talking about. People will literally give you death stares if you dont have on burnt orange. The first time I went, I was overwhelmed with seeing a sea of burnt orange and white, and I was so excited the first time I heard, "Give 'em Hell, Give 'em Hell, Make 'em Eat Shit!" One of our other chants is, "TEXASSSSS! FIGHTTTTTT! (repeat approx. 4 times) OUUUUUUUUUU SUCKKKKKKS!" (This occurs even if we are not playing OU, they are just our biggest rival) One half of the stadium yells Texas Fight! and the other yells OU Sucks! I havent even mentioned the tailgates.... there are thousands, or thats what it seems like, ALL over campus! Free beer (usually just for the ladies), good BBQ, what could be better? Not to mention people usually sneak in flasks because unfortunately, UT doesn't allow drinking at the stadium. This also just entices the fans to start tailgating super early in order to be super drunk for the games. Hey, did I mention we made it to the National Championship this year? We might not have won, but we still made it....
See the full review, "The University of Texas Longhorns".
Sixth Street, you have been my best and worst friend at times, but there will never come a day when I stop loving you. For those of you who aren't aware of sixth street, it is basically a bunch (I would definitely say over 100) bars on Sixth Street in downtown Austin. There are two sides of Sixth: Dirty Sixth and West Sixth. West Sixth is mainly for the young professionals crowd. I haven't spent much time there except when my friends and I decided to have Sunday Funday. Every Sunday a bar on West Sixth has unlimited mimosas for 7 dollars. So before my champagne glass was ever empty, a new drink was brought it me. It was pure amazement. Did I mention they had brunch too? I think we stayed for a good eight hours.... until they were out of mimosas, and lots of drunkenness ensued. We left the place at 7 PM and went home and crashed. Who wouldnt? But Dirty Sixth is where college students, who are of course "of legal age to drink", go to drink their stressful week of school away. Nothing really happens until 11, and then Sixth Street is PACKED with girls in dresses and high heels, and guys who buy drinks for these "pretty" ladies. Bar hopping is usually the only thing to do because most of the bars are so packed, but thats okay because there are tons of bars to go to. People of course have their favorites. Thursday Night is College Night and the bar specials are ridiculous. I kid you not, at Shakespeares, I can get my own personal pitcher of ANYTHING for $5. Yes, if I want a pictcher to myself of Vodka Tonic, I will get a pitcher to myself of Vodka Tonic for $5. This is why I stopped going out on Thursdays, because needless to say, I never made it to my 9 AM class on Friday... Sixth Street is where mayhem ensues. I think maybe only twice have I seen people go to jail for public intoxication, and thats usually because guys are fighting. Other than that, all you see is a sea of drunk college students who are out trying to have good time.
See the full review, "Sixth Street, Austin TX".
I never thought in a million years I would want to see bats flying around, but that was before I actually witnessed the event. During the summer time here in Austin, around 8 PM when the sun is going down, thousands upon thousands of bats will come from the South Congress Bridge and fly across the sky. They come in waves. It is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Its almost like the do a dance for the audience. People crowd around the bridge to see, and I have also been on the lake below it to see as well. Restaurants around the area will have you seated outside just to watch the bats. Its a very "Austin" thing to do.
See the full review, "South Congress Bat Watching (Austin, TX)".
Only in Austin can you get the most amazing foods from a trailer. The first thing I ever tried was a cupcake, but since then I have have amazing subs, crepes, and much more. It is definitely a "must" thing to do if you are a tourist. Plus, its right across from the shopping on SoCo (South Congress).
The lakes of Austin are beautiful. Townlake is by downtown, and it is for relaxing. I have canoed and kayaked on it before, but motor boats are not allowed. This is also where you would go if you wanted to watch the bats of SoCo on the water. Lake Austin is where you want to go to have fun. It isn't as big as Lake Travis, but its still great. Plus, you can pull your boat up to Hula Hut (suchhhh good food!) and have lunch or dinner. Lake Travis is the most beautiful. The floor of the lake is rock, so the water is clear and gorgeous. It is a little bit of a drive to get to, but not too bad. Its definitely worth it.
The Drag Rats are not my favorite part of Austin, but they sure do make this place unique! Essentially, they are bums. They are 18-25 year old bums. The Drag isnt technically a part of campus, but it is considered it. The Drag consists of tons of restaurants and stores to shop in. It also has the University Co-op where students can buy their books (and anything and everything UT, for that matter). The Drag Rats sit on the sidewalk begging for change from anyone and everyone. Kinda a coincidence they are asking broke college students for money.... I am not opposed to giving money to the homeless, but these people smell. They smell bad. Every time I walk by I have to hold my breath. My sister once witnessed them not let some girl pass without giving them a high five. That girls poor dirty hand after... My sister has also been asked to "come drink behind the dumpster with them". She declined the ever-so-sweet offer. They can be nice sometimes, they once told me I had a nice smile... but then again, were they comparing it to their own teeth (or lack there of...)?! I dont think the Drag Rats will ever go away. Dr. Phil once did feature on them... They are an Austin fixture, just not one of best ones to be proud of...
I am about to graduate from The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising. Right now, I currently work as an Account Manager at Digital Street, Inc. Working with clients is my … more