I’ve been very lucky in that my job has enabled me to visit Austin on many occasions since June 2001. This includes a couple of two month stays in 2002 and 2003 and a vacation. Austin is a great town, surrounded by some wonderful countryside, the people are great and there’s lots of live music every night of the week. Oh, and I can’t forget the barbecue at the County Line, Rudy’s & the Salt Lick.
I learnt to ride horses (western style) in Austin, thanks to colleague trying to teach me once. I’ve seen more Country Music acts than anywhere else I’ve visited (with the exception of the Music Festival in Nashville). For many years Austin was somewhere I wanted to move to, it’s still a great place and I love it but life moves on and goals change.
This trip was just for two weeks for work, however I did manage to get out to the Salt Lick and County Line and my favorite bar… the Broken Spoke on South Lamar. More importantly I took two-step dance lessons – for the first time, and made a new friend.
I’m still dancing now that I’m back in the UK, but now it’s Rock ‘n’ Roll dancing… two-step is difficult to find in the UK 😉
My free weekend in Austin was used to explore a little more of the Hill Country that surrounds Austin, including Enchanted Rock and Gruene. I was lucky enough to see the Derailers play at Gruene Hall on the Saturday night. On Sunday I decided to cool off from the Texas heat in Inner Space Caverns located just at the side of I-35 north of Austin.
A selection of photos from my most recent trip can be found below. A small selection of photos from my two month visit in 2003, including pictures of me learning to ride horses can be found here. This site also includes a selection of other photos from my time in Texas.