TRAVEL – trek america’s grand trek: austin, texas

travel - trekamericas grand trek day 32-33 austin texasWhat 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.

travel - trekamericas grand trek day 32-33 austin texas - HI austintravel - trekamericas grand trek day 32-33 austin texas - sports bar foodour hostel, delicious dinnerΒ linebreakWhat 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!)

travel - trekamericas grand trek day 32-33 austin texas - cheer up charliestravel - trekamericas grand trek day 32-33 austin texas - cheer up charlies insideAustin nightlifelinebreakAfter 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!

travel - trekamericas grand trek day 32-33 austin texas - texas state capitol 1travel - trekamericas grand trek day 32-33 austin texas - texas state capitol 2texas state capitolΒ linebreakAfter 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!

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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!)

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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.

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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!Β 

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!Β 

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TRAVEL – trek america’s grand trek instagram snaps week five

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Week five and after our amazing stay in Monument Valley (and seeing a beautiful sunrise), it’s time to hit New Mexico and Texas!

santa fe - cocktails and townSanta Fe: cocktails / the town centre

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amarillo - spray painting cadillacs and dinner at a texan steakhouseAmarillo: spray painting at a Cadillac ranch / Dinner at the Big Texan Steakhouse

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On the way to our campsite at Santa Fe, our trek leader Morgan took us see the beautiful badlands to have our lunch. It was a pretty cool sight – and so different to Badlands National Park which we saw on the Northern Trail! Afterwards, we arrived at the campsite, set up our tents and headed to the Plaza! Santa Fe is such a beautiful city (it’s meant to be one of the oldest cities in America), and it was such a shame that we didn’t have a lot of time there. But not to fret, as the next stop was the USA’s biggest state – Texas! We were on our way to Amarillo, home of the Big Texan Steakhouse (and a 72oz steak), where we had an amazing steak dinner. We also stopped off at a Cadillac ranch to graffiti some Cadillacs – safe to say we definitely left our mark! Then it was onto Austin – the home of live music and great nightlife! Me and a few others went to see Jurassic World Park at a very old school cinema (hello tables and service!), before having a night on the town! Despite a thunderstorm in Amarillo (yep, the rain’s still following us), I have had so much fun so far! New Orleans, here I come!

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