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  • Day59

    Austin day 1

    August 25 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    Nach einem feinen Zmorga fahren wir nach Austin. Dort machen wir uns einen gemütlichen Tag im Zilker Park. In dem Barton Springs Pool kühlen wir uns ab. Das Wasser ist im ersten Moment eisig kalt, denn wiederum besteht der Pool aus Flusswasser. Dennoch schwimmen wir ein paar Mal in dem Naturpool und geniessen das Nichtstun im Schatten unter einem grossen Baum. Nach etwa 4,5 h verlassen wir den Park und fahren zu einem nahegelegenen Thai-Foodtruck. Dort essen wir unser feines Znacht. Auf unserem Nachhauseweg stoppen wir noch bei H.E.B, dem texanischen Walmart (der Host hat uns gestern von diesem Laden erzählt). Wir sind neugierig und schauen uns dort umher. Beide aber sind wir uns einig, dass wir immer noch lieber bei Walmart einkaufen. Dennoch kaufen wir eine Wassermelone und essen diese als Dessert gemütlich im Bett.Read more

    Gabi John

    do häts jo X verschiedeni getreide/teigwara zum selber abfülla⁉️

    Mathias John

    Nit mol Teigwara, alles verschiedeni Nüss!😊

  • Day39

    Weird Austin.

    September 5, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    I visited the way too hot Austin for a few days as it is probably the city I know the most about. Following a local production company called Rooster Teeth for many years, I recognized all the streets, sights, restaurants, and oddities as if I had been here before. Also, I didn't plan on doing so, but I actually got to visit Rooster Teeth and be part of the live audience of my favorite comedy show called On The Spot. Definitely a highlight! As the "blueberry in the tomato soup", Austin defies the conservative Texan stereotypes. To do my part for "Keep Austin Weird", I didn't edit any of the photos for today's footprint. Or maybe I am just in a rush to get to the airport? We will never know.Read more

    Dalija Druschke

    Dar vienas etapas baigtas. Gero skrydžio ir puikaus laiko LA.


    Hej, schöner junger Weltreisender!!!😍😍😍😉👍🏻 Gute Weiterreise!!🙋🏻‍♀️ Inés


    Hallo du Blaubeere in der Tomatensuppe?DIE Etappen auswertung wird sehr schwierig,es ist.ja überall Toll.Also auf ein Neues.Einöd

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  • Day7

    Texas State Cemetery

    February 8 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Texas state cemetery that has the only highway running directly down the center of it, its 4 city blocks divided into 4 different sections. Consisting of Monument, Patriots, Confederate and Republic hill.Read more

  • Travel day to Austin — via Charlotte!

    April 14 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    I hadn’t planned to write a Find Penguins for this test-drive-trip, but two friends in Spain asked me to. Since one of the features of this new mode of travel is that I always have a few hours in the afternoon while Joe takes a nap, I decided to go for it.

    Now that we are both vaccinated, and since I wanted to see how travel goes for us now with a slower mojo, I booked a flight to Austin, Joe’s home town. We usually go with the 9 other members of the family, but this year it wasn’t possible.

    Travel was weird, I had almost forgotten how to check in. Both the AA and TSA staff welcomed us back with a “Where’ve you been???” Just one of the advantages of living in a small town with four or five flights a day. The airports were mobbed (our best connection was through Charlotte, and if you know anything about US geography, you will know that Charlotte is in the exact opposite direction from Austin). But we had no real issues and everyone was wearing masks. I had ordered a wheelchair for Joe because we had a very short connection, but no one was there when we got there. The gate agent gave me a wheelchair and told me to head out and push him myself.

    First stop in Texas was to pick up a loaner wheelchair at a friend’s house. It has been a challenge learning to use it. After hotel check-in (my two criteria were good location near I-35 and an elliptical), we went the short distance to Torchy’s, our favorite taco place. Then off to bed. Uneventful day, thankfully!
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  • Day1

    First day in Austin

    April 15 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    My modus operandi is to plan to do two things a day. That leaves plenty of down time for naps and just chill-axing as my kids would say.

    The weather wasn’t spectacular, but there was no rain forecast for the morning, so we headed to the Capitol. Got to see the place where Joe was a page, way back in the Stone Age, and the building is beautiful. It was interesting to note that the Senate required visitors to the floor to have proof or vaccine or negative covid test. This is the same body that voted to oppose Austin’s mask mandate, if you can figure that out.

    In the afternoon, we went to the Blanton, the UT art museum. It is a very nice place. I particularly liked the Latin American room, which both had a Santiago and some festive Virgin Marys.

    We met Joe’s high school BFF for dinner at Fonda San Miguel. Probably the best Chile Relleno I’ve ever had. When I went to pay the bill, the waiter told me Armando had paid it. Turns out Armando is a good friend of the owner who eats there frequently. He was sitting at a table near us and we had a nice chat. He told us he thought we seemed like really nice people. I was kind of gobsmacked.
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  • Day2

    Laguna Gloria!

    April 16 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    I won’t say the weather has been great, but we have not yet been rained on. Looking at my phone, I decided that the morning looked like the best chance of dry weather, so we went to Laguna Gloria, a sculpture garden/mansion that has now been absorbed by Austin’s museum of contemporary art. One big advantage is that there is now a café with good sandwiches! It is a very beautiful place.

    Our afternoon stop was the Texas Historical Museum, which I love. Lot of good but unbiased information about Texas as a part of Mexico, as a Republic, and then as part of the US. Can’t say I would object to going back to one of its two earlier statuses.

    Before dinner, we went to Sixth Street and stopped in the Historic Driskill Hotel. The very polite valets asked us if they could help and I explained that Joe’s grandmother had a florist shop in the hotel. They showed us the place where it used to be and let u roam around the spectacular lobby a bit. The Driskill is on 6th St., which is way too hip for me, but I’m glad we saw the hotel.
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  • Day159


    March 26, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Zug fahren hier ist eine ernsthafte Angelegenheit und nicht die schnellste Reisemöglichkeit von A nach B. Das Perron ist abgesperrt. Zutritt nur mit Ticket. Der Wagon wird einem zugewiesen. Dann bekommt man den Sitzplatz zugewiesen. Güterzüge haben Vorrang. Dafür gibt es einen Panoramawagen und ein Zeitfenster fürs Essen: 30 Minuten pro Schicht im Speisewagen. Von Tucson nach Austin: 24 Stunden Zugfahrt. Mit 75 Min. Abgangsverspätung.
    Meine Zugfahrt führte mich vorbei an er mexikanischen Grenze und der Stadt Él Paso. Da es in manchen Gegenden schon mehr geregnet hat als sonst das ganze Jahr über, blühte auch die Wüste.
    Austin ist eine Stadt in Texas aber eine interessante Stadt und es wird betont, die Stadt sei anders. Viel Musik und viele Studenten (allein Studierende 50000) ausserdem Dell als grösster privater Arbeitgeber (13000 Personen).
    Mein nächstes Ziel: New Orleans, mit dem Flugzeug.
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    Aga Pok

    Great pics, as usual!

    Francoise Martinides

    Hallo Irmgard, schon beeindruckend, die riesigen Distanzen. 24 Stunden Zugfahrt ist ja nicht ohne. New Orleans wäre auch eine Wunschdestination von mir. Auf den Spuren des Blues auf einem Mississippi-Dampfer. Wir wünschen dir weitere spannende Entdeckungsreisen. Bleib gesund und munter! Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz von Markus und Françosie



    Barbara Dietrich

    Grüsse vom Lesegrüppli. Wir sitzen gerade zusammen und träumen von Deiner Reise. Erika, Rebecca, Lena und Barbara

  • Day63

    Day 62 - The Bats Have Fled.........

    June 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Struggled to get out of bed for a 9.30 breakfast & it was hardly worth it, particularly as some simpleton opposite was putting me off my food. After breakfast I tried to catch up with my blog, before we had to vacate our room.

    We headed east back to Stonewall, passing numerous wineries, including Fat Ass Ranch & Winery, Six Shooter Cellars & Armadillo’s Leap Winery. The Stonewall Peach JAMboree was just starting up again for a full day of events.

    We continued on to Johnson City, famous for being the home town of Lyndon B. Johnson. It was a bit arty, but not enough going for it to justify us stopping. Eastbound we continued through the wonderfully named Dripping Springs, which disappointingly turned out to be a town solely selling farm equipment. One sign boldly claimed ‘Patriot Erectors of Dripping Springs’. The mind boggles!!

    Our SatNav took us on a diversion via Bee Cave so that we could approach Austin, Texas via the relatively famous Pennybacker Bridge. From there we went drove to Umlauf Sculpture Garden, we parked up & saw it had a $5 entry fee, so we gave it a miss. To be fair we had seen a lot of the sculptures on the way in & Jackie is not a fan.

    Instead we drove to Zilker Park, which was heaving with cars & people all visiting Barton Natural Springs Pool. This is why we hate weekends.

    Without stopping, we continued to HOPE Outdoor Gallery, described as an Austin Graffiti Mecca. I don’t know why, but it had a fence & barbed wire around it, however the Graffiti could be clearly seen. It was ok, nothing amazing, but there seemed a steady stream of people arriving to see it.

    Next was The Bullock Texas State History Museum & State Capitol that we viewed from the outside only. By now it was mid-afternoon & we were looking for a suitable Downtown hotel. They were either ridiculously expensive or not very nice looking & probably not clean enough!

    As a result we drove several miles south & picked up a nice Ramada hotel for a lot less. Again we spent the last couple of hours of the afternoon by the pool.

    Close to 7.00pm we took an Uber+ back into town, which dropped us off on South Congressional Avenue Bridge, also known as Bat Bridge. People were already waiting on the the bridge & along the riverbank, so we bagged ourselves what we considered to be a perfect spot & waited for dusk.

    We, with everyone else, were here to witness the natural phenomena of nearly a million & a half Mexican free tailed bats leaving their roost in the crevices under the bridge sometime shortly before dusk. They are the largest colony of urban bats in the world. Their departure each night lasts about 20 minutes & they eat 30,000lb of insects nightly, which is important for the ecology of Austin.

    Over the next hour, the crowds massed 4 deep on the bridge & the river banks were chocker-block. On the Colorado River below, the official Bat Bridge Tour Boats were out & cruising up & down, there were flotillas of kayaks & even a couple of swan pedaloes. We all waited & waited, some people were forced to leave as they had dinner reservations, then the rumour mill started. We heard that last night the bats came out at 8.30pm, then 8.40pm & then that they didn’t come out at all.

    At 9.15pm, it wasn’t looking good. It was nearly dark, the Bat Bridge Tour Boats were departing, so after a further 5 minutes we called it a day. We had waited on the bridge for a total of 2 hours 10 minutes for nothing, the unpredictability of nature is a wonderful thing!!

    We found a rough Aussie bar for a beer & more importantly a wee. Then headed out in search of pizza. I directed us to Rainey Street where it looked like there were a few bars & food joints. What we hadn’t anticipated was the sheer volume of youngsters heading to the same street. Despite this we found an outside bar immediately that had a pizza van in it’s grounds. So we had a slice of pizza & a beer.

    Jackie didn’t feel comfortable in all the crowds (she is not a city girl, we are discovering!) & expressed a desire to go back to the hotel. I was keen to see where all the crowds were going, so we compromised. We would walk the length of Rainey Street which was heaving with bars & clubs heaving with youngsters, then I would order an Uber. Unfortunately the other end of Rainey Street was a bit less salubrious, it was unlit, with blocks of flats & people hanging round in the shadows. This didn’t help Jackie’s nerves!

    Luckily we got to a crossroads, a suitable pick up point & ordered an Uber which arrived within a minute to take us back to the hotel & bed.

    Song of the Day - Bat Shit Crazy by The Amorettes.

    Bonus Song of the Day :-

    Graffiti by The Cadillac Three
    Under The Bridge by All Saints
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  • Day136


    November 27, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    We had a wonderful thanksgiving trip to Austin! We loved relaxing with friends and family. I made bread with my mom, Ross cut down trees with my dad, and we all wore matching turkey trot t-shirts while we walked 2 miles around the ranch!Read more

    Tracey Sorenson

    Our little monkey making monkey bread 🐒

    Richard Sorenson

    I think the truth is- Ross cut down trees and Dad watched. Well done Ross! Record setting progress.





  • Day133

    Houston til Austin

    October 4, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Efter en meget lang flyvetur og en dræbende ventetid i immigrationen fik vi fat i vores kufferter og fik hentet vores lejebil - en flot hvid Hyundai Sonata. Vi kørte direkte fra Houston lufthavn til Austin, hvor vi havde booket et Super 8 motel. Efter check in gik vi ud i byen og fik lidt aftensmad. Det var overraskende hvor mange hjemløse og tiggere vi mødte på gaden. Vi gik igennem en bydel hvor der var et pulserende natteliv, på trods af at det var tirsdag aften. Men det lykkedes os at finde et forholdsvist roligt sted, og trods en aldersgrænse på 21 skulle vi begge vise ID. Det må næsten være et obligatorisk krav. Vi var godt trætte og fik slæbt os hjem til hotellet igen til en tiltrængt nattesøvn, eftersom Jesper ikke havde sovet i 24 timer.
    Dagen får 2 stjerner ud af 5 mulige.
    Roadtrip: I dag: 162 miles - i alt: 162 miles
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