On travel days I wake up at sunrise, pack the night before and check-out in a flurry to get on the road. As I get older, I don't like driving at night and try to avoid it the best I can. Plus it's nice to have extra day-time once you have arrived at your destination.
Once we reached Austin Texas we had been driving all day since 5am from New Orleans (part 1). Somewhere along the line, I decided to drink a grape flavored 5 Hour Energy drink and skip lunch. Bad move. Have you ever had this chemical nonsense passing as food?
Wired, I pulled the car up to our hotel, we unpacked and readied ourselves to explore!
Austin had already gotten the short end of the stick since we opted for staying in New Orleans (part II) an extra night. That gave us only one night to explore. Luckily, Austin has a main drag that was just down the street from where we were staying and city was bustling with young nerdy hipster goodness.
We walked to the famous Stubbs for some BBQ and music. Similar to New Orleans, the music in Austin was busting at the seams and spilling onto the streets. Every bar appeared to have a stage with bands playing anything from country to jazz to good ole rockin' roll.
After a couple bites of what was probably a really tasty sandwich, I started to feel queasy... and then I got sick, real sick.
Regretfully, we spent our one night in Austin in our hotel room watching American Horror Story. I tried to pretend I wasn't miserable and ruining the night but we both were pretty bummed.
People have told me if you want to marry someone you should travel with them first. That traveling is the true test of a relationship. I struggle to compare years and years of commitment to getting through the security line at the airport but I will say that traveling with a partner can be very eye opening.
You want a person who will hold your hair back, bring you water and miss out on one of the country's best music scenes to comfort you. Then they will wake-up with you at the crack of dawn to take photos for your blog of the empty city streets before jumping in a car to drive for another 8 hours.
Austin, if you're reading.... I would like to request a do-over!