Well hot damn! We arrived in Austin with enough time to experience the city pre-SXSW. There was a lot going on, but the city wasn’t bursting at the seams. During Southby (SXSW) it feels as though Austin’s population doubles, and that the entire influx of people take to the streets. It’s way fun, but it’s also good that SXSW only lasts a couple of weeks. (For a taste of the crowds, check out this video that we took of 6th Street one night.)
Badges for Southby run upwards of $1,000, but there is plenty to be had for free. Food, film, drinks, presentations, expos. It’s all there for the taking. And due to the serendipitous Austin convergence of three other young fulltime RVing couples, we took… and took… and took. We first met up with Maria and Skyler, who are a just weeks into their fulltiming adventure. Our time with them was unfortunately short, but we enjoyed a night downtown complete with free drinks and music, and a marginally successful attempt at seeing Austin’s bat colony.
Later on we met up with Cory and Lindsay, also newbies to fulltiming but “redeemed” by their connection to one of the party-throwers at Southby. Thanks to them we went to a Bing open food/bar event, a circus, and other great free stuff. Before they hit the road out of Austin I took them climbing at the gorgeous Barton Springs Greenbelt, a place that Ayo and I have been frequenting recently.
Matt and Bree have also been in town for a while, and we’ve been spending a solid amount of time hanging together. (We couldn’t help but take them to see Ayo’s amazing SXSW artwork. She painted the following tag on the wall of a downtown building. It’ll be up for the next few months!)
One other very cool thing happened at SXSW, but that’ll wait until the next post. Instructions: Put on some suspenseful music for 1 minute beginning now, and turn it back on five minutes before reading the next post. It’s worth it. Maybe.
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