Written by: Amanda Rose
Now that I have been in Texas for over 2 months, I wanted to start exploring outside of Houston. I’ve been having a great experience at work and a lot of fun with other interns in this huge city, but I kept hearing I needed to visit Austin while I was here. Luckily, the long 4th of July weekend gave me a great chance to do that and I was able to meet 2 of my friends in the Capital City.
I had such a fun time discovering all the differences between Houston and Austin while getting to experience the local culture there. My friends and I made it a point to try different restaurants while there that we wouldn’t normally have and my top three places were Kerbey Lane Cafe for breakfast foods, Casino el Camino for the best burgers in town, and Rudy’s for some hearty Texas BBQ. If you’re ever in Austin, I recommend trying all three!
Austin’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” It is a big deal to those living in Austin that it remain artsy, different from other cities, and full of fun entertainment. I definitely was able to see those things and more during my 4 days there. One thing that made Austin stand out to me was its “Bat Bridge.” 1.5 million bats live under a bridge and take flight every night at dusk. The idea of those many bats kind of freaked me out but it was something everyone we talked to recommended and definitely one of the coolest nature sights I’ve ever seen. I also really enjoyed our mini tour of the University of Texas. Its always fun to see different campuses (and be reminded that OSU is still the best place to be!).
Doing all of these things was great, but the best part was getting to spend time with my friends. I met 2 of my closest friends from the MHRM program in Austin who I hadn’t seen all summer. We had so much catching up to do about our personal lives, but what was really cool was talking about each other’s internships. I loved hearing the projects they were working on and learning about the cultures of different companies. My experience is completely different than both of theirs, but we’re all learning so much. I can’t wait to be back at school in the fall to hear everyone else’s stories. Sharing these experiences are going to make classes even more interesting and interactive than before and I am really looking forward to it.