Image of the Greenbelt on a warm summer night. It's almost been 3 weeks since I've moved here and the time is flying by. I am loving absolutely everything about being here, with the exception of the job hunt. I'm feeling super inspired and active and outgoing. 2 of those things are highly unlike me...so as you can tell I've been trying to break out of my shell. Below are some photos that I've taken since I've been here. I thought I would share with you some of the reasons that I'm totally lovin' Austin! An image from Blues on the Green, a free concert series at Zilker Park. The people. Everyone here is so NICE. Whenever anyone finds out that I just moved here they all have the same response: "Welcome!" And it's a genuine welcome to the city. Lots of people smile and start up conversation with anyone who is near by. I was told that it would be easy to make friends here. I was skeptical since I tend to be on the shy side, but everyone was right. The fashion (or lack there of.) This is one of the most CASUAL cities that I've ever been to and I'm lovin' every minute of it! It's hot here. Mostly over 100 degrees everyday since I've been here. And unlike the people of Houston, people dress for the weather here. It's all about shorts and a t-shirt. Anything lightweight. Cool. And breezy. I'm pretty sure I even saw someone at a bar wearing a bathing suit top in lieu of a shirt. The food. Food trucks are big here and the food hidden inside of these trucks is phenomenal. Inside the one above we got some roasted beets, roasted sweet potatoes and a crazy delicious curried slaw. There are also tons of options for people with restricted diets. Vegetarian food is plentiful here and I've noticed that a lot of places will also specify if a food is also vegan or gluten free. The landscape. This city is GORGEOUS. I love being able to drive around and see glimpses of beautiful hills and tons of trees. The image above was taken at the Greenbelt. Apparently, this is the bottom of a river. Austin has been in a drought for months and this river is all dried up. I'm sure some day this river will flow again, but for now it's a big ol' hot mess (for real.) Even without the rain, the city is still pretty. Giant cactus remain and the trees seem to be holding up well. Already seen Wild Child a few times. LOVE them! The music. I've been able to go to a couple of shows here and have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of music. It seems as though everyone here is either into music or art or something creative. But in the mix are some pretty great things. Our apartment is pretty nice and we are nestled into a great little neighborhood. I'll try to post more interior images later. This is our little wall-of-art in the living room. And what would Austin be without this little one? Tilly is also having a great time here in Austin. She's been enjoying living with a new roommate (read: bothering a new person) and has adapted well to the slow pace of this city.