While I don’t think Austin is weird, I do find it a wonderful town to vacation in. I already mentioned that the weather is perfect. Lots of outdoor areas to drink coffee and hang out during happy hour.
The city is undeniably friendly. When I checked out of the hotel, the room charges were done via an honor system. “Did you take anything out of the mini-bar that we should add to your bill?” Strangers are constantly striking up conversation. I can see why Austin is a good place for singles.
I witnessed someone walk out without paying her bill at a coffee shop. One of the attendants ran out to stop her. In response, she smiled, then continued to walk away. In any other big city, there would have been a lot of cursing involved, potentially a physical altercation, the po-po would be called in. Clearly they take things more lightly in Austin!
I like that Austin’s a hub of great music. Waiting in line for hot chocolate, I heard the baristas talking about new music they were listening to. We listened to amazing blues and jazz at the Continental Club for free. This woman Tameka Jones was so good, I made sure to tip her the amount she should have been asking for in the first place. Has anyone discovered this woman? Sign her to a recording label pronto!
I like that Austin is laid-back. Whereas in LA or other big cities, you feel obliged to dress up. In Austin, you can wake up, throw on a dress, and start your day. Dresses, I love that a lot of the women wear dresses!