After spending a few solid weeks in Austin, Texas, I'm starting to be swept away by its sunny skies, never-ending supply of tacos, and quirky vibe. A phrase I've continually heard throughout my time here is "Keep Austin Weird", and the locals are committed to doing just that.
In each new neighborhood I've been to, there's always a funky shop or two, an amazing food truck, or homes that are painted bright pink and orange. There's an overwhelming sense of pride in making sure that Austin stays original and one-of-a-kind. One place that has become sort of a home base to me during my time here is the Whip-In. The Whip-In could exist nowhere else but Austin.
A former gas station that sidles up to the highway, the Whip-In is a hip joint that is part Tex-Indian eatery, part cozy bar, part live music venue, and part general store, with one of the best beer selections I've seen. Basically, it's the ideal place to have just down the block from where I'm currently living. It means this homebody without a home really doesn't have to roam far away to feel kind of like she has one.
As they say at the Whip-In, "Namaste, y'all!"
(Images: Smith Schwartz)