Greetings from Austin, TX!

A state obsessed with breakfast tacos. 

It's official. I've survived my first week in the Lone Star State. Jonathan and I drove over 24 hours (!) through Arizona, New Mexico, and the better half of Texas. We made a point to stop by the Grand Canyon (in 33 degree weather) and snap a few photos.

Well. There we are. Shivering our little butts off on top of a rock.

Well. There we are. Shivering our little butts off on top of a rock.

We arrived in Austin, TX late Sunday night and spent the better half of Monday morning exploring South Congress Ave.

More commonly known as the SoCo District... I learned this recently.

More commonly known as the SoCo District... I learned this recently.

I moved into the cutest neighborhood in East Austin with a friend of a friend. My roommate and I are on the bottom story of a 1940s duplex. It's the pinkish house with the sprawling cactus plant in the front yard. We have a couple neighborhood cats who like to play hide-n-seek in the bushes and the other houses in our cul-de-sac have just started to decorate their porches for Christmas.

How CUTE is this HOUSE? The heater doesn't work sometimes... but it's home.

How CUTE is this HOUSE? The heater doesn't work sometimes... but it's home.

The funky murals in Downtown, the famous graffiti and the classic-Austin-postcard-wall have all been highlights of my week so far. I walked across the 1st Street Pedestrian Bridge and took a billion photos of the downtown skyline against the Colorado River.

I spent the first week exploring my neighborhood and collecting suggestions from the locals, determined to find the best coffeehouses and hunting down the food trucks with the tastiest breakfast tacos. This week's verdict: Mellizoz Tacos on 1st St. 

Coffee and breakfast toast is a thing here. At least, I've seen it at quite a few coffeeshops. Anyways, I'm not complaining. It's delicious.

Coffee and breakfast toast is a thing here. At least, I've seen it at quite a few coffeeshops.
Anyways, I'm not complaining. It's delicious.

My friend Alison made sure to take me out for a proper Texas-style barbecue dinner. We went to Black's Original (not to be confused with Terry Black's). Dinner was promptly followed by the infamous Amy's Ice Creams.

Fresh brisket, hot mac 'n cheese, and green beans. Not pictured: a plate 'o pickles, onions and a TON of hot BBQ sauce.

Fresh brisket, hot mac 'n cheese, and green beans.
Not pictured: a plate 'o pickles, onions and a TON of hot BBQ sauce.

On Thursday evening, I went out with my roommate and one of the other girls I had met earlier that week to The Continental Club. We had bought tickets to a swing dancing holiday party... a.k.a. my first live music experience in Austin.

The Nightowls were AMAZING. I'll include a link below to one of their Christmas songs they covered. We danced the whole night!

The Nightowls were AMAZING. I'll include a link below to one of their Christmas songs they covered. We danced the whole night!

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed reading about this week's highlights. I post pretty regularly on Instagram, so feel free to take a look throughout the week. 

Thanks for reading! 

P.S. I LOVE getting mail. My address should show up at the bottom of this email and I'd love to get a postcard from you. 

Originally published on December 12th, 2016