Greetings from Austin!

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Hi from Austin, Texas!

It’s hard to believe that in just one month I’ve gone from living in London to living in NYC to living in Austin…but here I am.

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I arrived here on Thursday evening and had never been to Texas before, but I’m starting to get the hang of things.

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It’s been hard to explore because 1) I don’t have a car yet and 2) it’s too hot to just walk around (or even to bike around, the past few days). I borrowed a car for the weekend and it was great to check out some of the local neighborhoods – I’ll have my own car soon! (Really not excited about that, but it has to be done.)

It really is as hot as people warned me…this was 6:30pm on Saturday evening:

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But everyone says I’m arriving at the worst time of year weather-wise, so if I can make it through August I’m good to go!

I haven’t run much since I got here because of the heat (I finally attempted a 3-mile run this morning in about 80 degree weather, which was doable) but I did go for a great kayak tour on Saturday evening.

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One of Austin’s most famous sights is a bat colony that lives under a bridge in the center of the city from March to October. When they arrive in the spring there are about 750,000 of them, but by late July after they’ve had babies there are up to 1.5 million bats! Every night before sunset you can see them fly out from under the bridge, and it draws big crowds.

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I did a sunset kayak tour to see the bats, and it was really cool! We kayaked 4 miles total, arriving at Congress Avenue Bridge around 7:45pm, just as the bats started to come out. IMG_0372

The whole thing lasted about 20 minutes!

Here’s a video I posted on Instagram:

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When we turned around the kayak the 2 miles back to the dock, we were going straight into the setting sun. It was beautiful. (Although even with the sun down, it was still very hot out!)IMG_0387

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The next day, I visited another Austin favorite: Barton Springs Pool.

It’s a swimming hole that’s filled with water from nearby natural springs, and is very refreshing on a hot day!IMG_0410

As for other exploring, I’ve had tacos from two places (Guero’s and Torchy’s Tacos) and they were excellent. I also visited the original WholeFoods location, which is a megastore with different restaurants in it.

Tomorrow is my first day of work and I’m looking forward to starting the new school year!

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