25.02.2012 - 25.02.2012 25 °C
Austin is I have been told one of the friendliest cities in the States, and when I went to the Mall to get a battery for my watch, the Pakistani proprietor of the watch place heard my accent and asked if I follow the Cricket I said of course and we had a long discussion about Cricket and then he looked at me intently and said “Did you know that Austin is the friendliest city in America?” So I was able to respond ‘Yes! I have heard that’. Sid reckons that I would be the only person in the Mall who would have known when he started talking about Cricket. Then it was a little bit more shopping and we went to a healthy option diner called ‘Jason’s Deli’ that was really good and the food was fantastic.
We then drove around the town for a bit and I never knew that Austin was on the famous Colorado River and it forms a central waterway through the city providing a very nice water playground type atmosphere. We drove past the Capital Building and it was spectacular; dressed in its Pink Texas Granite, when all the others that I had seen where stark white, but then we are in Texas and I understand that it is the only state that has permission to secede from the Union if it wants too and I almost heard echo’s of Western Australia and Scotland, but it is very unlikely to consider it seriously. It is also the only state where the State flag can fly at the same height as the Stars and Stripes. So it really is a quite special and different state to all the others. We drove past the home of the University of Texas Football Team, the Texas Longhorns and again I remembered the T shirt that Sid gave me one year at MDU and I had a picture taken with it at the Curdimuka outback ball one year. Memories seem to be abounding everywhere I go.
This is the tag for all the sports from Austin University and their football franchise is one of the most lucrative in the realm of college football. They have recently added an end zone building to the ground and although not covered has possibly the largest replay screen in the states, possibly the world.
We drove around the city and Sid and Bitsy should start a tourist business, as well as all the other things they are doing, because I am finding that there is so much to know about Austin that they couldn’t put it all into a brochure. Like all the food and coffee outlets at Austin Airport are all businesses that were started in Austin so it is possibly one of the few airports in America that does not have a Macca’s. There is so much more fascinating information that I almost want to come and live here, it is a sister city to Adelaide and I am waiting for the 'Mayoral Invitation' to a City Reception before I leave.
We saw some great views of the city more of the history of things that are not necessarily recorded in history books and it was off to dinner at the Hula Hut. As you would expect it had the Hawaiian feel and the food was again very tasty and looked good on the plate. Then it was back home and a blob in front of the TV to watch a movie.
Another great day and I am looking forward to tomorrow.