So my day 6 has come. It was not like any other days I had had before in Austin. I did a lot of things!
First, Kelly's 21th birthday was in the next two days, she was very excited about it because it's the age of minimal drinking age in the U.S.
Is there any better thing than being able to drink alcohol when you turn 21 in the US?
So we wanted to do something to celebreate her precious age. Janet wanted to make her a cake, so we went to the grocery store again.
Things I like about going to grocery in place's I'm not familiar is to walk around and see what can be so different from what Thailand has. But mostly I love going to the food section which always make me very excited to see all the food and ingredients, especially the chesse and milk section.
It always feels good to be wandering around food.
And I got an American flag! :D
Then Brandi Anderson came to pick me up at the store.
She got a hair-cut again.
We went to her house and hang out for a bit.
Brandi's house was very beautiful. Cozy and elegant.
Then Brandi wanted me to introduce some nice places in Austin.
She is very kind, very very kind. She is one of the greatest hosts I've ever known.
Imagine if you're a host and you have a guest, you would just think about what is the most famous places in the city you leave, and then take your guest there.
But you probably forget or don't realize if they have read something in magazine, or have heard something interesting about your city beyond the ones on the top lists. Or maybe they want to go somewhere that has something interesting for them.
But I was just a person who only knew that I wanted to be in Austin, I didn't really know anything about this city, but my goal of traveling is to collect things I reandomly buy from places I come, too.
I don't want to be a person who go somewhere and buy souvenirs that have the same logos on the objects like everyone in the world.
It's too mainstream.
I want to have something more valuable than that.
Wouldn't it be nice when you're at your home accidentally finding a thing from your trip and it reminds you of the atmosphere of the place you went, how you went there, and people you went with. Maybe it's because you were so thirstly that you had to stop at a gas station to get some water in the store with some local people in there and you accidentally glanced at a cute animal on the shelve beside the counter and finally you decided to buy it.
And later, you found that cute stuffed animal somewhere at your house.
It reminds you of that atmosphere in that gas station.
Not like a keychain from a souvenir store when you jump out of the car and go into the store with a bunch of tourists like you and you pick something which other people also buy.
Appreciate the difference.
She asked me what am I interested in and where did I want to go.
So I said I want to find some vintage stuffs.
We hit the road.
She took me to a neighborhood that has vintage shops around.
Her hand some dog named David came with us, too.
The first store we went was Room Service Vintage
M A P
Room Service Vintage
107 N Loop Blvd E, Austin, TX
I really enjoyed that vintage store. The stuffs they had there were perfectly precious and pretty.
They had everything, furnitures, outfits, home decorations, and even vintage filmed pictures in white frames.
I bought a pair of lovely brown flat shoes, and some other stuffs.
After I steped out from the store, I wore them right away.
My feet got to meet new a pair of friendly buddy.
My feet are pretty big, I wear 8, it's always hard to fine shoes that fit my feet in Thailand, but not in America. :)
Then we took David for a walk around that neighborhood.
We went to some other vintage clothes store but we didn't buy anything.
After the precious shopping with brilliant Brandi, she dropped me off to at a parking lot because I had to go join an activity at a lake.
(I'm missing those days with you, Brandi!)
Kelly, Janet, and I went to the lake called Lady Bird Lake.
You can't imagine how beautiful the bird is through photograph, I am pretty sure.
All you need is to go there and soak the atmosphere.
We had a picnic there. Chef Janet made us delicious sandwiches.
Janet is brilliant at cooking!
And then, on a precious afternoon by the lake, the sky was brightly blue and the lake was brilliant beautiful, we went kayaking.
We did tri-kayaking. I rode in the back seat of the kayak.
The paddles in our hands were waving like they were saying goodbye to the lakeshore to leave to come away to wet heaven on earth.
All we did were just paddling, swimming, swinging, jumping into the water, splashing, and having so much fun.
It was one of the most beautiful day of my life.
I serious really love my life.
I rock it, I hit it hard!
After the great fun time at Lady Bird Lake, we went to drive through downtown Austin again
Then we went to a Mexican restaurant called Hula Hut near Mozart's cafe for dinner.
Along the way from the parking lot to the restaurant, there was a car with tiny magnets all over it. They were there for people who walk pass to create randomly sentences.
Let me not reveal the nonsense ones we created.
I wanted to order beef fajitas which is my favorite Mexican food, but the description of Ribs on the menu just attracted my desire, so I ordered ribs.
It was great! I worshiped the one who cooked it for me for surprising my palate.
After the delighted dinner, I drooled for some vanilla coffee at Mozart's again even though was not my caffeine window at that hour.
So we walk to Mozart's.
We were lucky! They had a band playing live there.
I ordered vanilla latte as usual, but to treat my tremendous day, I rewarded myself a chocolate moose.
Later on, we went back home with soreness all in our bodies from paddling the kayak.
But the pain was worth the happiness.