Street Festivals, Capitol visits, and 100 miles bike rides

After recovering from a sudden stomach bug last week and being stuck in my apartment for two days, I was absolutely stir crazy. Luckily there was a ton going on this weekend around the city so my boyfriend and I decided to walk around and do some exploring. We hunted down two street festivals, made a quick detour to the state Capitol, and got to meet our awesome friends at the finish line of the Livestrong 100 mile challenge.

We sought out the Mediterranean festival, which I was really excited about but ended up being very let down. It ended up being just a few food vendors in a church parking lot- not so exciting. Since that was a bust, we walked back over to the Viva la Vida festival which is basically an early Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) celebration. This one was really awesome- tons of amazing art pieces, a few food vendors, face painting, and lots of local artists. There was also a big parade which we ended up missing but I am sure was equally as amazing.

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While frolicking through the city we decided to stop at the Capitol since I had not been yet. It was…. not my cup of tea but something I needed to see. What can I say, I am an artsy kind of person. History and politics are extremely boring to me but for some reason I psyched myself up to think it would be cool to see. It was really beautiful to take photos outside of so we got some great photo ops out of it and that was good enough for me. I could see myself enjoying a nice lunch on the lawn one afternoon.

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Some good friends biked 100 miles for the Livestrong challenge to raise money for cancer. We downloaded a livestrong app and were able to track them the whole way, which was really amazing and such an awesome invention. It was crazy to see just how far 100 miles was and to watch their progress throughout the day. Being the proud friends we are, my boyfriend and I bought mimosa supplies, made some signs and camped out at the finish line to congratulate them on such a huge accomplishment.

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Absolutely loving these beautiful Autumn days in Austin!




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