Austin Weekend Roundup.

This weekend was the epitome of my New Year’s word.  I really felt like I spent the entire weekend just enjoying myself, my city and the company of great people.

To start off the weekend, I welcomed Sarah, one of my best friends from home, to the beautiful city of Austin for a quick weekend trip.  I was totally unprepared for the crazy group of friends she brought with her, but we had an awesome time anyway.  We started the evening with dinner and drinks at Iron Cactus downtown and then partied the night away on the infamous 6th St., taking full advantage of all the area had to offer.

Sarah visits Austin

Sarah (top left), me (bottom left) and the rest of the girls at dinner at the Iron Cactus

It’s always great to know that even after spending 4 years at different schools and now living in different cities, Sarah and I continue to remain close and we always have so much fun every time we’re together.  She ended up having to leave Sunday morning, so her trip was short, but I look forward to the next time I get to see her.

After a long night on the town, I usually spend the following day lounging around in PJs, but no such thing could happen on Sunday, as me and my friends had long-anticipated plans.  Several months ago, we all bought tickets for the Austin Pubcrawler and the day had finally arrived.  For those who don’t know, the Austin Pubcrawler is a contraption that is essentially 15 bikes melded into one giant bike.  You then all pedal around town and drink as you go.  It’s terribly hard to describe, but such a wonderfully fun time.  During the Pubcrawler, we stopped at Third Base Sports Bar to catch a little Sunday afternoon football, then headed down to Kung Fu Saloon.  There is a good amount of effort required during this pubcrawl (I mean, you are pedaling a 1,200 pound bike), but we were having so much fun, I hardly noticed how much work I was doing.  The Pubcrawler was only a quick two-hour outing, but I would not hesitate to do it again!  I recommend this to anyone looking to try something different in Austin.

Austin Pubcrawler

Ready to start our Pubcrawler adventure.

Thanks to good, ol’ Martin Luther King, Jr., I had an extra day in my weekend, which left just enough time for a final Austin adventure.  For a week only, Austin is playing host to the Architects of Air, a group that builds Luminaria – monumental inflatable structures designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and color.  I didn’t know much about Luminaria, but it sounded fascinating and after watching the following video I had to go see what it was all about, so I dragged Brandon along with me:

Apparently, I wasn’t the only person who wanted to see the experience first hand.  When we arrived, the line was hundreds of people long!  One person we spoke to said they had been waiting in line for over 1.5 hours (and they were only about halfway through!).  I was really excited to visit Luminaria myself, but I don’t have the kind of patience required to wait in such a long line.  So, with a sigh of disappointment, Brandon and I turned back around and left before even getting in line.  Hopefully the Architects of Air will return to Austin one day, but until then, I wait…

Overall, I’d have to say the weekend was a winner.  I really made the effort to enjoy everything I could and take advantage of all that my wonderful city has to offer.  If only I wasn’t so tired, I would be inclined to make these busy weekends a regular thing. While that may not be possible, I really would love to explore more of the city I live in, so if you have any great Austin experiences, share them with me so I can try them out soon!

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