Yesterday was our one week anniversary as Austinites and already we're beginning to see why everyone loves living here. While driving around looking for a puppy this past weekend (more on that later) Brian posed a great question. He said, "So I know everyone loves it here and I'm sure we will too, but what is it exactly that people love? Is it a place or an experience or just a feeling and combination of things?" So, of course, we're now on the hunt to discover for ourselves what makes Austin so lovable. Here are three things we've found so far:
Life is easy. It's easy to get from one place to another (however, anywhere would seem easy after 3 years of LA traffic). It's easy to meet people. It's easy to get together with friends. It's easy (ie: affordable) to try new restaurants. Austin is just easy.
The people are great. From the college-kid-grocery-bagger to the tattooed hippie looking for a rescue pup to your friend's friend's neighbor the people in Austin are present. They look you in the eye, they smile and mean it, they ask how your day is going and wait for your response.
Your dollar goes farther. As you know, we are a cost conscious couple and knowing things like becoming pet parents and home owners are in our near future is very exciting. This is possible for us now because we are in Austin. In Santa Monica, we never even tossed around the idea of buying a home and now that's all we can google!
It has been said, "The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts." I not only feel this way about the Santa Monica Luskeys, but am beginning to feel this way about Austin.
Happy Texas Independence Day!