Texas Part 2 — Tornado Warnings, Donuts, BBQs and “Gatsby” Lounges

Right now my roomies and I are just slacking in our room before we’ll head to another session at the conference. But here’s what we’ve been up to since last time.

Yesterday morning I suddenly noticed my phone was flashing and vibrating with this message on the front screen

Apparently, these types of allerts are relatively common here in the US, but I’d never experienced anything like it before, so I was just a little freaked out lol. A minute after the alert the thunder got really loud and the wind was blowing so hard that the windows in my hotel room at the 15th floor were shaking. Not a lot, but just enough for me to wonder if maybe this would be the day where I would be able to capture a tornado on camera. However, I quickly came to my senses and realized that it’s absolutely horrible to “wish” for a tornado to touch down!! Especially when you’re in the middle of a city… seriously Maria!

 

Luckily, except for the extreme humidity, the weather cleared up later during the day.

As soon as it was “safe” to walk outside again, we went to Voodoo Doughnuts — which I can highly recommend.

 

Later at night, our dear Professors, Janet and Jeffrey, took us out for dinner at a local barbeque restaurant. Because of the rather hysterically funny group of people we are, we had a lot of fun! Just saying.


Yep, humidity and camera flashes tend to make the person in the middle look like a sweaty piggy ^_^

 

Then we went to the Driskill hotel, which was flooded with all different kinds of movie people. Or at least, that’s what we assumed, because the Austin Film festival is being held there this week. There must have been hundreds of people sitting and standing in the lounge — it was actually so crowded it was hard to even move. But despite of the fact that we left after only a short while, it was definitely worth it. The lobby looked like it was cut straight out of “The Great Gatsby” and the atmosphere had a real touch of “Old Hollywood” in it. Ah, pretty cool.

Photo: Buzzerg.com

On our way back we stopped by the “Dueling Piano Bar” before we went to bed.

So far, I’m amazed by how “alive” everything is here in Austin — which is quite a contrast from Sioux Falls. But at the same time, it’ll be very nice to get back to good ol’ Dakota after the weekend.

Bless y’all,
Maria

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