This time of year is BEAUTIFUL in Austin.
It’s okay in Tucson, too. It’s before the horrible summer-time death-heat sets in.
But there are definitely some aspects of Austin that I just LONG FOR this time of year.
1. Crawfish Boils
Does it sound back-woodsy? Did you ever even know that crawfish boils are real things that people actually do?
I know it looks a little grotesque, but crawfish are some of my all-time favorite things and are only seasonally available (RIGHT NOW!) and are NOT available in Tucson (at least, not that I have found). One of my good Austinite friends has a birthday this month and always has huge crawfish boils at his place. I miss them. I LOOOOVE the spicy flavor of both the crawfish, as well as the potatoes and carrots that are traditionally all cooked together in the same pot. So flavorful!
2. The Water!
You would think that my Spring Break trip to Lake Havasu last week would have quenched my thirst for needing to see and be around water. If anything, it just made my lust intensify! I am a WATER-GIRL!!! It is one of the hardest parts of living in my totally land-locked state and in an area totally devoid of any lakes, rivers, or streams. And Austin lakes have running trails that are absolutely gorgeous to jog around – especially given the stellar weather this time of year.
3. The Dog Parks
Even our dog parks have water! I know Rocky totally misses them because swimming is one of his all-time favorite activities! Like Momma, like baby!
Both Chris & my immediate families reside in Austin (as well as some of our extended family). It’s hard to live away from family. We hope to move back when my graduate schooling is complete. And friends fall into this same category (of course we miss them too!!!)
5. Flowers & Foliage
In addition to Tucson having no water, there is also pretty much zero landscaping. It’s better for the environment (since it’s a desert, it’s very water-intensive to try to landscape and maintain lawns and flowers, etc.) but it’s bad for my psyche. I need to see the pretty flowers and greenery! There’s nothing like when the bluebonnets are in season in Texas. Beautiful!
6. The Eats & Drinks
Of course Tucson has Mexican food (and thank goodness for that!), but Austin has Tex-Mex, a different genre of food that is difficult to really describe. There’s less oil/grease than in traditional Mexican food & I find it to be more bold in terms of flavor combinations. One of my all-time favorite restaurants is called Hula Hut. It’s a local Austin-only restaurant on the lake with beautiful views, delicious food, and seemingly never-ending drinks! Heaven!
I try to be thankful for what I have, so maybe one day soon I’ll get together a “Things I love about Tucson” post. But right now, my heart is in Austin!
Do you live far away from “home”? Do you like it/hate it? Why?
If not, would you ever consider moving away from home or family?