Austin, the rebellious daughter of Texas
The waters of Austin
After the separation of Texas from Mexico, dams were built on the Colorado River, creating lakes such as Barton and Krause Springs. The natural lakes include Hamilton Pool and Lady Bird, which is an oasis in the heart of Austin. Here people go kayaking and rowing on surfboards.
The live music capital boasts over 250 venues that offer daily gigs. On 5th Street, The White Horse is the shrine of country music. The venues for lovers of indie and punk music are in Red River Street at Emo’s and Mohawk, and blues fan can find their place at Antone’s. Around the university and what is known as SoCo (South Congress) there are popular haunts like Hole in the Wall, which specialises in female rockers, and the Continental Club where legendary American blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan plays.
The food also goes against the current in Austin. Rather than chains and fancy restaurants, Austin is teeming with family-run establishments and trailers owned by young chefs who serve their creations on fold-out tables with views of the lakes. One of them, Paul Qui, who is from the Philippines, won the ‘Top Chef’ competition, while his psychedelic trailer, which is a laboratory of Asian and European flavours, was chosen as the best new restaurant in the country in 2014.