I also got to spend a little time with Austin locals, Tin Can Phone in the rehearsal space. It's a bit of a giant warehouse space separated into a huge number of rooms so much like many music practice places around the world, slightly lacking in a lot of atmosphere.
I also did a good touristy thing for the first time in ages. Myself and Lindsey, went off on a trip around Austin on a sunny afternoon, on segways. The last time I was on a segway tour I was in Madrid. The Austin tour was slightly more safety conscious but still had the weirdness of buzzing along the street on two wheels with virtually no effort at all. We then went to eat at a brand new modern french/american ranch food restaurant, Contigo, which hasn't even had its opening night yet. Most of the tables being outside is a joy compared to eating back home in Dublin as here in Texas you can sit in the warmth of the evening sun in shorts and a t-shirt and eat food like rabbit and dumplings, ox-tongue sliders, quail legs, deep fried green beans, potato and pig ears.
|myself with lindsey and the lord of texas, george, inside the texas state capitol building|
In a few short days the traveling begins again when I head off to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival, should be a fun experience and I get the pleasure of overnight bus journeys once again...