What was such a good day yesterday came crashing (or should I say pouring down) as we woke up to a quiet and small camp.
Me, Polly and the boys all packed up our stuff before picking the girls up at the hotel. It was safe to say that spirits were low today and with a 9 hour drive ahead, I can tell it’s going to be one of them down days.
our hostel, delicious dinner What made it a just a tad worse was that when we arrived at our hostel in Austin, we found that the girls and the boys were split up (none of us minded rooming altogether to be honest), so we had two random women (one with an oar and one with a dog – never thought I’d say both of them in the same sentence) in our room. Saying that, it gave us all an idea of what ‘real rooming’ in hostel world would be like (just don’t do a Kirsty and knock the oar down by accident in the middle of the night).
Once we unpacked, we then spruced up and went out for tea at sports bar Draft Picks. Me and Polly went for the Tahika platter with sweet potato fries and black beans – my second fish fish of the trip – and it was so nice to eat something fishy and healthy out! We also tried the infamous Purple People Eaters, which set us up for the night (you were only allowed 2 per customer they are that lethal!)
Austin nightlifeAfter dinner me and Polly hit 6th street with Matty, Dave, Steph and Morgan. We started at Easy Tiger; a chilled bar with a beer garden and pretty lights before heading to the famous Coyote Ugly bar. Me and Steph danced on the bar (well you only live once!), before everyone then headed home. Me and Polly didn’t want to call it a night just yet, so we headed to The Jacquelope to meet Polly’s au pair friend Susan. She both got us a free drink and we messed around taking photos in the photobooth.
The next bar was Cheer Up Charlie’s which was a really cool, local hangout. We had a few drinks, danced and chatted to the locals before Susan kindly took us back to the hostel – what a good night!
texas state capitol After an amazing night out, I quickly woke up this morning and got ready for 9am to be dropped off in the SoCo District by Morgan. On the way there, we stopped at the Texas State Capitol, where we got to see Lady Liberty, dress up as Cowboys (well, it would be rude not to) and learnt about the history of Texas.
The next stop was the SoCo District to explore a few shops before having the best burgers ever in Hopdoddy. I had a magic shroom burger which was delish!
soco district, hopdoddy burger
Afterwards, me, Matty, Dave, Kirsty and Bobbi, all went to Alamo House – a classic American theater to watch Jurassic World. It was so good and we were away from the unbearable Texas heat (and we thought Vegas was hot), which was a bonus! The screen we were in had table service too, so me and Kirsty ordered a blue Havana cocktail and shared some popcorn (which came in a massive bowl!)
Theater, food, uber ride home
When the film (which was amazing btw), had finished, Matty ordered an uber back to the hostel (and little did we know, a full blown hummer turned up – it was only $13) so we travelled back in style to get ready for dinner. Morgan cooked us her Caribbean special, before we headed to Broken Spoke – a honky tonk bar to hear some country music.
The broken spoke
There was a dancing class on there which was quite fun to watch and we all got some drinks, waiting for the live band to come on. Us girls all had a little dance before heading into town.
Me, Emma, Steph, Matty and Dave decided to stay out for a bit and met the other trek tour group in the Voodoo Room where we all had a few drinks, danced and me and Emma tried a vapour shot!
It was another good night and me Steph and Emma all headed back to the hotel via a takeaway! Classic! Austin you’ve been amazing! Next stop, Lafayette, Louisiana!
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