Austin September 27, 2017
11 Things You Quickly Learn When You Move To Austin
Austin isn’t just the Live Music Capital of the World. Newcomers quickly realize that there’s so much more to this growing, vibrant city. Some discoveries come with a sense of relief while others take some getting used to. If you’re an Austin transplant, these are 11 things you quickly learn.
1. It's not all two-stepping and country music.
Sure, you'll see the occasional belt buckle and snake skin boot, but Austin has also given rise to some of the best blues and rock and roll artists the world has ever seen. Stevie Ray Vaughan's epic guitar riffs dazzled audiences at Antone's Nightclub and his statue overlooks Lady Bird Lake to this day.
2. Rush hour isn't just on weekdays.
There's also that unexplained 2:00 pm pile up that takes over I 35 on Sundays.
3. When locals say "East Sixth Street," they mean anything east of I-35.
Technically, East Sixth Street begins at Congress Avenue, but you won't hear anyone call that section the "east side."
4. South by Southwest is really only exciting to out-of-towners
After your first year in Austin, you'll soon realize how exhausting SXSW can be. Road closures, chaos, and hordes of people make lots of Austinites leave town during the event.
5. We have a high standards for tacos.
And, yes, they are always served on a tortilla. You won't see any hard taco shells around here.
6. We like to push the envelope.
From our quirky dishes to our brilliant tech innovations, there's nothing Austinites can't do.
7. We have a festival for just about everything.
There's so much more than South By Southwest and Austin City Limits. In Austin, we also celebrate the delicate art of creating puns, the birthday of a fictional Winnie the Pooh character, and all things bacon.
8. Supporting local musicians is super important.
We all know that Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, but it won't stay that way if we don't support our artists. Thankfully, several organizations in the city know the importance of keeping our musicians healthy. HAAM, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, provides access to quality healthcare while the SIMS Foundation provides mental health and recovery services.
9. Just because you're in Austin doesn't mean you're in Texas.
Our art, culture, and political leanings are nothing like the rest of the state.
10. A 10 mile commute can feel like you're trekking across states.
There's a reason why Austinites prefer to stay on their side of the river! Sometimes the traffic time just isn't worth it.
11. We know that growing up is overrated.
Peter Pan was on to something there.
What are the things you learned after moving to Austin?