DEC 4, 2015 – Just like Portland, Austin is known as one of the most progressive and open-minded cities in the US. The slogan “Keep Portland weird” applies here as well – I saw several “Keep Austin weird” signs, although I believe the idea came from Portland. Of the day and a half I spent here, at least half a day went into sorting all the photos I took in the National Parks, writing blog posts, and catching up on news. I got a good impression of the city’s nightlife, learning two-step dance at the Broken Spoke the first night, and tasting local beers the second. Drifter Jack’s Hostel was a good home base in the city and made it easy to connect with other travelers. For the famous bat flight under Congress Bridge, I was apparently one day too late. The street art was good, but the Graffiti Park was rather disappointing – it’s worth a visit you’re looking to spray your own graffiti, but it isn’t nice to look at.