New In Town

by Lia
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Howdy, y’all! I live in Austin, Texas now!

“Greetings from Austin” // © 2019 Lia Ballentine

I moved to Austin from Los Angeles just a couple of weeks ago, and I’m incredibly eager to get into the groove of my new community and figure out how I can become an “Austinite.” I feel like I did a pretty good job transforming into an Angeleno in a short time after moving to Los Angeles from East Tennessee. (After all, I did do most of these activities on this “ultimate Angeleno” checklist: “110 Ways to Become the Ultimate Angeleno in a Year.”) So now I’m excited to discover (i.e., see, do, and eat) all those things that make someone a true Austinite.

While I haven’t found the one essential Austinite checklist yet, I have come across some articles to help get me started on understanding what it means and what it takes to be considered an Austinite.

There’s a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m up for it. I understand that I’ll probably always be considered a “transplant,” but I love being a part of whatever community I’m in and have always done my best to embrace the culture where I live, work, and play. Of course, what I’m especially excited about as a newcomer to Austin is figuring out all the ways I can help “keep Austin weird.” I love that this has been the city’s slogan since the early 2000s, and as a curious enthusiast who wants to do/try anything and everything that seems fun and interesting, I’m all about doing my part to keep this place as weird as possible. Like going to The Little Longhorn Saloon to play Chicken Shit Bingo. 😳

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