[Austin 2016] The picture perfect first day

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Last Friday, I boarded a plane for the first time in over 10 years to fly to Austin, Texas for a conference. Over the course of the weekend, I was on 4 flights, which officially doubled my previous lifetime flights. I went from getting nervous thinking of flying, to feeling like a seasoned pro. I took the photo above while somewhere over the midwest. It might be hard to see, but all of those little white things are wind turbines.

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My boss and I arrived in Austin right around lunch time and took a cab straight to our first Mexican restaurant. Matt’s el Rancho was highly recommended, and I was ready to get a taste of some great tacos.

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Chips and guac were a no brainer. I wasn’t planning on getting a margarita, but then I saw this beauty on the menu: the frozen sangria margarita. It was as good as it looked.

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These were my chicken tacos. Sure, they look like any other tacos you could get anywhere. But the taste was amazing.

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After lunch, we checked into our Airbnb, changed into our bathing suits, and started the 20 minute walk over to Barton Springs Pool. On the walk we saw plenty of cacti, cute houses, and so many food trucks.

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The pool was incredible. It was the perfect day to take a dip after a nice walk. Until we realized the water was only 70 degrees. So instead, we sunbathed in the nearby grass.

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We walked home, changed clothes, and headed back out to meet my friend for dinner at Sway. On the way there, we passed this mural and couldn’t pass up snapping a touristy picture.

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Sway was decent, but by the time the meal was over were were ready to crash. My friend drove us back to the Airbnb, and day one was officially over.

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