Learning to love Austin, TX
May 24, 2011 1:09 PM Subscribe
How do I learn to love where I live? (South Austin,TX)
posted by raccoon409 to home & garden (27 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I've just moved to Austin, TX about 3 weeks ago. I've moved in with my boyfriend and another couple. While I know that making friends come with time, that part is certainly taking a toll on me. However, what's even harder for me is Austin in general. It's a nice, friendly city..... made out of highways.
I live to the east of 1-35 (just off of Stassney) and just south of 71/Ben White. It seems that to go anywhere/ do anything I NEED to be in a car and on a highway. Even worse, when I search out new places they turn out to be in shopping centers/ strip malls and have a wonderful view of asphalt.
I'm not opposed to taking the bus (311 and 7 are by me) , though I do have a car. A bicycle might be in my future, but in about 2 weeks I'm going to actually become busy so I don't know how much I'll use it. I don't know if I could comfortably bike more than maybe 3 miles at once.
Where should I go for a drink (coffee shop type) and an ok view to work for a little bit?
What can I do to feel less trapped in concrete?
What fun things should I check out that don't take 15 minutes to get to?
Am I expecting too much? Are most cities just like this?