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Hey friends! Long time no see! My apologies for an extended blog break there. The last month of school is a crazy time for me, and I had to give the blog a rest while I wrapped up the year with my incredible kiddos. I’m thrilled to share that I’ll be moving up to the third grade this year, which made the last few weeks even more hectic than usual as I was packing up my classroom for a big move. Now that I’ve wrapped up all that, I’m back to the blog. I’m also back in Austin! There’s been a lot going on in my life lately, which I’ll be filling you in on soon enough, but for now I thought I’d share some more of my first trip to Austin back in May.

After crowd-sourcing a few recommendations from friends via Facebook, I knew I had to make it to Torchy’s Tacos, one of Austin’s best. They had just opened a new location on South Congress and it’s absolutely beautiful! They have a revolving menu of inventive taco treats. I even had to take home a little tourist tee with me back to Seattle.

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DSC_0641I’m a serious taco enthusiast, so suffice it to say the food is incredible. Sadly this location doesn’t have a liquor license (due to it’s close proximity to a middle school) so be aware in case you’re looking for a cold beer to go with your tacos.

From there, we walked around and explored some of the shops and treats along one of Austin’s coolest neighborhoods, South Congress. I seriously could have stopped in each and every store, and was surprised to find that the heat and humidity didn’t get to me down too much. My hair curled a little on the ends, but a breezy dress or shorts were perfect for most of my trip. The weather was fairly mild for Austin in May, mostly in the low to mid-eighties. Although humidity was high, my best advice is just to accept that Austin is in a humid part of the country.  As simple as it sounds, you have to just accept that. Once I did, I have to say I really enjoyed the weather. Spring is a pretty wonderful time to visit because once June hits it gets well into the hundreds. I’m not sure I’ve ever appreciated air conditioning as much as I have on this second trip to Austin.

One of my favorite things about Austin is all of the fantastic street art, including several iconic walls along South Congress. This “Willie for President” mural has got to be my absolute favorite. I shrieked with joy the moment I saw it! I love this mural of Mister Rogers, too! If you’re exploring Austin, keep your eyes open for lots of amazing street art, especially downtown and in the South Congress neighborhood. I had my camera slung over my shoulder everywhere I went and found some real gems.

DSC_0693While exploring all of the darling shops along South Congress, we stopped in at Goorin Bros., a gorgeous traditional millinery shop. I have never really been a hat girl, probably because of my ample hair and bangs, which don’t really play well with hats. This shop was so darling I just couldn’t help myself! I had to try on just about every hat in the store and eventually left with one of my very own. They even put it in a sweet little hatbox, which I carried onto the plan on my way home. The super sweet shopkeepers even gave me and my group a shot of whisky at the counter to say thank you. It was a truly memorable Austin experience. If you’re in the market for a beautiful hat to take home as a souvenir, I would definitely recommend a stop in a Goorin Bros.

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DSC_0697Our last stop of the night was for a perfect waffle cone at Amy’s Ice Creams. An Austin staple since 1984, Amy’s is  known for their famous Mexican vanilla ice cream, but also has 350 hand-crafted flavors on rotation. With loads of toppings and specialty concoctions, every visit to Amy’s will be unique, and tasty too! I had the coffee ice cream on a waffle cone and it was simply to die for! There are a few locations around Austin, and they also have locations in Houston and San Antonio.

DSC_0715DSC_0707If you’d like to hear more about my adventures in Austin, check out my post on Day 1. I have tons more recommendations to share so please look for those in a few upcoming posts. If you have any questions or any recommendations of your own, please leave them in the comments. I’m back again for a few more days so I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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