I SPY: Puerto Rico

Feb 28, 2018

San Juan, P.R: February, 2018

Who is the mistreated child in America?  After Hurricane Maria and Irma hit in September 2018, it was clearly obvious Puerto Rico is treated as the second class citizen.  It was appalling to watch the after math, and how poorly Washington handled the situation.  Even more so when you saw weeks on end for months with power not fully restored to the island.  Worst then a third world country!

Since the devastation of the hurricanes we have been pouring efforts into helping send aid to Puerto Rico.  In collaboration with my sons school we assisted www.afyafoundation.org, supported numerous art events in NYC, and our trip last week was to see for ourselves how the island has re-built itself five months after the worst hurricane in history to strike Puerto Rico.

For the most part the island is back up and running.  Further in land and in the mountainous areas I've been told that they are still without power and water.  But for us tourist, I vouch that the main spots in San Juan and within the vicinity are back in business.  A few hotels and tourist attractions are still closed off though, such as El Yunque rainforest.  Even so, there is still plenty to do in Puerto Rico, and I urge anyone who needs a quick escape to sun, sand and water to make a trip to the island.  Your tourist dollars will help support local businesses, and will make a difference in bringing the island back to recovery.  If you do go, consider bringing an extra bag of clothes to donate to the Salvation Army in San Juan.  Summer clothes only, if that isn't obvious!


A 16th century UNESCO World Heritage Site.  I'm going to be honest, the fort was nothing noteworthy that you need to pay $7 to go inside. Save your money and have a mojito after your walk instead!  However, you should still visit because the grounds were sprawling, and from there you can still catch the amazing ocean views, and snap great photos of the architecture, and the cemetery next door to it, without going inside the fort.

With close to 300 beaches on the island, I had no clue which to choose!  I kept asking all my Uber drivers which beach they as locals thought were the most beautiful.  General consensus was Luquillo.  An hour away from San Juan, with water that looked crystal blue and magical on Instagram.  But when I further researched…the beaches in that area were still closed for clean up from the hurricanes.  BUMMER.

But the next go to was this…Isla Verde.  A closer hop.  15 minutes from our hotel in Condado, to a very clean beach, with water sports available, chairs and umbrellas to rent for $4, and El Alambique a beach front bar and restaurant across the street where you can conveniently get drinks, food, and use their potty.  Ended up being a win!

This is the location where the hit song music video Despacito was shot.  It is the barrio.  Ghetto.  Known to be the home of the drug lords. A.K.A dangerous, and many advised me to steer clear of it.  But I couldn't! Walking along the old city wall of old San Juan that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean we saw a side of La Perla thats colors struck me.  From the roadside you can peek down into the community.  Looked very much like a favela in Rio.  Kids were dying for a drink, saw a small shop at the front of the entrance so ventured in to buy a drink.  We ended up staying to finish our drink, and had a nice chat with the shop keeper about the damage La Perla incurred from the hurricane.  Found out they were hit badly, being so close to the water.  Didn't venture in deep enough to see the destruction.  Didn't feel right to be too intrusive and didn't want anyone feeling like they were under surveillance.  Even though they had some good street art on their walls which I really wanted to explore and see, but stopped myself to respect their privacy!  Anyways, be cautious and enter at your own risk.

Grab a map from your hotel concierge or the tourist information booth in the main plaza, and walk the cobblestone streets of this neighborhood.  My favorite area!  All the colorful buildings and colonial architecture reminds me of Havana, Cuba and Cartagena, Colombia.

Also known as the Angels Cave.  I was so ready to do this hike for the views.  Until I found out there are bats in the cave!  That completely ruined it for me!  I unfortunately wimped out and couldn't bring myself to be brave enough to go.  After last summer when we had a bat in our house, I am completely terrified of bats, and this trip was not the time to test my fears with kids in tow!  HA. But please go on my behalf.  Doesn't it look amazing?

Photo Credit: www.puertoricogetaways.com
Miami has Wynwood, and San Juan has Santurce!  If you love street art you will want to explore this neighborhood.  A few minutes after this photo it started pouring!  Unlucky us did not get to explore the area by foot.  But I saw a lot of great eye candy from our Uber heading back to our hotel.  There isn't a main street filled with street art to direct you too.  The walls are scattered around, so best to explore by foot.

Besides hitting the casino to take a break from the sun, or on a rainy day, how about you volunteer?  We were scheduled to help out at the food bank on our last day, but had to cancel due to my sons allergy break out.  However, I want to pass along the information in case your interested, because they can always use extra hands. Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico food bank is open Monday to Friday from 8am - 4pm.  You can assist them in packing boxes of items that will be delivered to different neighborhoods in need.  Kids are welcome.  Long pants and closed toe shoes are required.  Contact Valerie Martinez, T: (787) 640.8633 to sign up.

Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico
PR - 865
Bayamon, PR 00959


As you know, I am the type who plans life around her meals!  However we had a hiccup this trip that ended us making a trip to the ER.  My lil' guy had an allergic reaction to something thats still a mystery, and I couldn't risk another episode.  So we ate clean for the most part, and that wasn't very fun or noteworthy, but at least safe.  But I do have these two recommendations you must try for Puerto Rican food.

Located in Santurce.  This is the first Puerto Rican chef to win a James Beard award.  Trust me it tasted that way!  We had the bisteak, beef stew, and branzino.  Everything was delicious.  Hands down our best meal there.  No reservations.  Walk ins only.  So go early for lunch or dinner because it does get crowded!

La Placita
Duffaut St. 176
San Juan, PR

Dining el fresco in the Hotel El Convento hotel was charming.  The food was equally as good.  And this paella type dish they call 'Surf & Turf' is reason why I'm going back, until I can figure out how to make it myself!  Shrimp, sausage, and plantains over rice.  A perfect recipe.

Hotel El Convento
100 Cristo Street
Old San Juan, PR 00901


We stayed here in the Condado area.  There were plenty of bars, restaurants, and hotels along the strip, and it was a very safe area and well lit to walk around at all times of the day.  But when you have a Walgreens, and Starbucks a few doors down from you it felt very commercial.  Even though that 24 hours Walgreens was a blessing in disguise when I had to fill a midnight run prescription for my son!  However, this hotel was appropriate for the kids, with a casual atmosphere, big pool, rooms with kitchenettes, direct access to a beach, and their infinity pool was pretty sweet.  The staff was helpful, the shrimp tacos at their restaurant Tacos & Tequila were super yummy, even though service was a tad slow, but I think that's island life in general!

Condado Vanderbilt
1055 Ashford Avenue
San Juan, PR 00907
T: (787) 721.5500

This boutique hotel was cute.  This is where I would have preferred to stay.  It is a preserved historic hotel.  Something quaint, full of character and set in Old San Juan.  But not with the kids!  HA.

Hotel El Convento
100 Cristo Street
Old San Juan, PR 00901
T: (787) 723.9020


* Uber is cheaper then taxi's.  However, Uber cars are not allowed to pick you up at the airport.  Also Uber's are not allowed to pick you up from hotels.  So, you just meet them on the street outside your hotel instead. Drop off is ok.

* Wear sunscreen, and re-apply religiously every hour, all over your body!  I do not burn easily.  But at the end of our two hour walking tour around Old San Juan my shoulders looked like lobsters!

You ready to show some love to Puerto Rico?  Take advantage of the discounted room rates, flights and beautiful sparse beaches due to low tourism.  Before you know it prices will shoot back up again.  And please erase the notion that Puerto Rico is dangerous.  Or rather, don't let that stop you from visiting.  NYC is dangerous too!  So if you wish to only hang out around Fifth Avenue when in NYC, then do what's comfortable for you.  But be known you can also play it safe in Puerto Rico too…or anywhere else for that matter.  Just go and see for yourself.  The best is you be your own judge and not listen to fake news.

I SPY: Fifty Shades Of Green

Feb 1, 2018

Your expecting a travel update aren't you?  I don't have one!  Believe it or not I've been home, buried in snow, the deep freeze, sudden spurts of 50F degree weather, and the flu virus circling around me for the last month.  But today was the real poison on the cake…I found out I am a victim of identity theft!  WTF?!?

Popped into the bank today to withdraw money from the ATM, inserted my card into the machine, and the message said card not valid.  Strange.  Walked over to the teller, she pulled up my account and found out it has been deactivated.  Hmmm???

After further investigation of why and how my account got frozen, I found out a lady had walked into a bank attempting to withdraw $5000 from my account with a out of state drivers license that matched my personal info, a Discover card in my name, and knew my Social Security number.  Holy Sh*t!  Hearing a 5'0 ft, Hispanic woman, with long brown hair is walking around as me, has me feeling fifty shades of green.  Thankfully the teller picked up on a bad vibe, this crook was unsuccessful, and they were all fake cards.  But still…she has my SSN. Not good.

A police report has been filed, credit bureaus have been contacted, and I have signed up for LifeLock.  Heard of them?  Look into it and consider signing up.  There is a monthly fee to get alerts for any accounts being opened with your SSN, along with monthly credit reports and other safety nets.  There is so much fraud happening these days, mainly on the dark web, which is inevitable, and you never think it will happen to you, but when it does your screwed!  Crazy thing is this just also happened to my sitters son and father.  Please protect yourself, and be diligent about shredding your bills and paperwork.  Especially during tax season.

Goodnight xx

PS. Next month…a post from blue skies, palm trees, and calmer waters!

I SPY: Atlanta

Jan 2, 2018

ATLANTA, GA: December, 2017

Happy 2K18! Partied out? 'Tis the season to recuperate now. I couldn't wait and took a mental break mid holidays for a few days. Escaped to Atlanta, to get some breathing space! Self love! Why Atlanta? Because there is so much street art to feast on, along with enough BBQ and taco trucks to fill my belly. It was a perfect trip to nourish my soul. If your ever in Atlanta, cruise and hit these sweet spots.


Not as much street art as Philly, but seemed more then NYC. Definitely a chock-a-block full of eye candy you'll find. Couldn't stop to take photos of everything, with out cheesing off drivers behind me! But here are a few of my faves and locations if you want to hunt them down. If you want more do the Outerspace mural map tour at your own pace. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Artist: Greg Mike
πŸ“76 4th Street NW

Artist: Jerkface
πŸ“1079 Euclid Avenue NE

Artist: YoYo Ferro
πŸ“649 Reed Street SE

Artist: 3TTMAN
πŸ“Fraser Street SE / Georgia Avenue SE

Artist: Big Teeff
πŸ“Spot for Dogs - 750 Ponce De Leon Place NE

Artist: YoYo Ferro
πŸ“1438 GA - 9


Heirloom Market BBQ:
πŸ“2243 Akers Mill Road

Tried a few BBQ spots. But this one won! Maybe because it was a tad different then the regular BBQ I'm use too. Heirloom Market is Korean inspired Southern 'cue, with traditional or Korean sides, such as kimchi. It was worth the wait!

Home Grown:
πŸ“968 Memorial Drive SE

This is THE breakfast spot! Diner setting where chicken, biscuits and gravy are a must.

πŸ“1927 Peachtree Road NE

A food truck turned restaurant now! Thats how successful they were on the road!! Another fusion Mexican Asian inspired taco and rice bowl menu. It's the sauces that make a difference, and the siracha queso with a kick. Try it with fries!

πŸ“Food truck locations change daily. Check their website: www.blaxicanfood.com

First time for everything! Soul food Mexican fusion. The collard greens quesadilla was yummy. Que pasa y'all? Their slogan cracks me up! Had to get a t-shirt with it printed on to remember.

πŸ“W Atlanta Midtown - 188 14th Street NE

Stayed at the W hotel midtown. The neighborhood was ok. Close to everywhere I was driving too. However a little too quiet for me though. I think I would've preferred to stay around Little Five Points area. That hood felt like the village in NYC. Eclectic, walkable, and interesting. But otherwise the W hotel was dog friendly, clean, decent service, and I've got no complaints.

πŸ“Bliss Spa - 188 14th Street NE

Treat yo' self. There was a Bliss spa in my hotel. It was screaming my name! So I got a 100 minute deep tissue massage. Prices are cheaper then NYC, and service was just as good. Book it!

What else is there to do in Atlanta? Quite a bit actually! It is becoming one of those buzz artsy city's with an emergence of Hollywood flair, big on the music scene. Yes I must do more research next time if I have more days to spare. Otherwise fill me in…and I'm not interested in the aquarium unless the kiddos are with me! HA.

I SPY: South Korea

Nov 30, 2017

If you've ever traveled from New York to Singapore you know that it takes more then 24 hours door to door?  Kills me!  Partially why when I went home to visit my family this past summer, I decided to stop over in Seoul, Korea for three days to break up my trip.  The other advantage is ticket prices were cheaper, and I got to go Seoul searching.

It was a win win situation, however Seoul was not how I envisioned it to be.  Not to be a travel snob, but I left feeling like it was a cheaper version of Japan!  In all fairness, much of South Korea was wiped out during the Korean War in the 1950's.  Thus construction is new, and can't be compared to the rich beauty of Japan.  However, to see a city who has boomed in the last fifty years, in becoming one of the world's top ten most economically powerful cities, is impressive.

When there, I found out Gangnam isn't just a silly song, but was an actual neighborhood.  The K - Pop culture was real!   Fashion was innovative.  The girls were pretty and the boys too!  Yes, many have had plastic surgery.  Every other block you saw a sign or ad for cosmetic surgery.  They are a vain culture, and not only do they undergo the knife, but they are also fanatics over their skin.  Hence why they are leaders in skincare products.  Hence why I took advantage of their non invasive facial spa treatments and left with a suitcase filled with skin products!


Their walls are lined with head shots of the Korean movie stars they have served.  Hollywood service?You would think it's a fancy place, but it's not!  Beds are lined up in a room, so you don't have privacy.  BUT, have trust.  You lie down, they look at your skin and they get to work.  Very little English is spoken in Seoul, so the aesthetician doesn't even bother to explain what they'll be doing.  Nothing invasive, or even probing.  Just slapping on a bunch of their own Shangpree brand serums, masks, and massage that proves amazing results when you wake up 2 hours later. Buy their masks to take home before you leave.  This brand is on to something!

Obviously anything at the Four Seasons has to be fancy and live up to Western standards.  But it went over my expectations.  My treatment room was the size of my hotel room!  With views of the city, and a full size bathroom with bath and shower, and tea and snacks served in your room after your treatment it was hard not to spend the whole day there!  Although they didn't use Korean skincare products, I really enjoyed the glass balls they massaged my face with.  It felt like ice because they were kept in the freezer, and really helped to de-puff and soothe my skin after my long flight.

Like you can call in an in room massage, you can get an in room facial in Seoul.  Not someone from the hotel spa necessarily, but a freelance aesthetician.  Ask your concierge service at your hotel if they can recommend someone.  I'm sure they can, because this is common practice for Korean's to have the aestheticians come to their home. The lady who came to my room, was recommended by a friends, friend.  She walked in, with waterproof sheets to line your hotel bed, her equipment, and not only did she give you a facial, she also scrubbed and massaged your whole body.  She worked on me for 3 hours.  I felt like kobe beef after!!!


A Buddhist temple located in the heart of the city.  Can't be compared to a Shinto shrine as you would find in Japan, such as the famous Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.  Bongeunsa just isn't as luxe, nor has the history behind it.  However for those who have never visited a temple, it is worth a stop.  The courtyard filled with lanterns are pretty, the big Buddha in the back has an impact, and the dancheong traditional pattern painted on the ceilings was of most interest to me.

For a taste of old Korea walk around this neighborhood.  I felt like I was walking through Kyoto, Japan. Love the architecture.

A street, walking distance from Bukchon Hanok village.  Filled with arts and craft stores, eateries, and their version of locks of love, but instead love messages.  You can find it in the alleyway at the top of Ssamziegil.

A modern museum, filled with contemporary art, with a resident Korean artifacts exhibit. and  Olafur Elliason, whom I became obsessed with after my trip to Iceland ,had an installation while I was there.  'Gravity Stairs' plays with the different perspectives and the trickery of the eye.


While my eating schedule was totally thrown off by jet lag, I ended up eating a lot of street food, Korean barbecue at random places whose names I couldn't read, and shopping center food courts.  It's Asia, their food courts are wayyyyy better then USA standards.  Needless to say, Seoul is a foodie city, with a big coffee shop culture, and you will never find yourself hungry with no place to stuff your face.  So it's safe to say you will survive with no restaurant recommendations.  But if you must, here are a few places of interest.

Even if your not daring to eat some mystery food, it is worthy to just walk through.  I never realized till then how many different versions of kimchi exist!  Beware if you try, their spice level is deadly.  Well for me at least!  But it was super tasty, along with the scallion pancakes.

Famous for their matcha green tea that is served from hot, to cold, and in shaved ice form.  Shaved ice is a popular treat in Korea.  Dig in, it's refreshing, and was not overly sweet which I appreciated.


This is the Sephora of Korea!  If you want to stock up on beauty products, facial products and cosmetics, this is your one stop shop.  Shop till you drop!

A wholesale shopping mall, but many stores allow you to buy individual pieces.  It's the place you go shopping when you have jet lag! Many of the stores stay open till 6am. It was nice to have somewhere to walk around in the wee hours of the morning, and it wasn't ghost town either. Surprisingly quite a lot of people were out at that time!

Korean fashion is big. This department store I think had the best selection. I was intrigued by it, and all the details. But I walked away without buying anything. It was a little too crazy and fussy for me.  Maybe if I was 20 years younger! But don't let me ruin your experience. Check it out!


I wanted to stay in the Dongdaemun District, because I knew I was going to have horrible jet lag.  That I did! But I wasn't left to twiddle my thumbs in the dark in the middle of the night. Instead I was able to escape my room and go shopping at 2am, since my hotel was surrounded by 24 hour shopping malls.  Location of this hotel was perfect just for that!  However, it is a business hotel, so not super luxe, or special. Other then my after midnight escapades, I found myself mostly in the Gangnam area during the day, so I think I would prefer to stay in that area next time.

JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square
279 Cheonggyecheon-ro
Jongno-gu, Seoul
South Korea


Beware that English is not readily spoken.  It's not so easy to get around! I have not given you any addresses, because from my own experience the taxi drivers did not understand anything I said when I read addresses to them in English! So your best bet is you get your hotel concierge to write out in Korean every address you wish to visit, including your hotel address, and you show the taxi drivers that to direct them correctly.

I left Seoul glowing, plump, and skin tight.  The R&R was the highlight of my trip!  This is the main reason why I will be returning to South Korea!  Next time solely for a spa-cation, and maybe a day trip across the boarder to check out North Korea?  OK...I feel a lot of eyebrows raising at me right now!  HA.

I SPY: Austin

Sep 30, 2017

What's the weirdest city you have ever visited?  Austin, Texas' slogan is 'Keep Austin Weird', but I found it not weird in the sense I was expecting, but quirky.  It was hip!  It was filled with small businesses, creating individuality, and a young artsy environment.  My kind of town!

Set in the rolling grounds of Hill Country, Austin is a lot prettier then what I know of Texas - referring namely to the vicinity of Houston.  Austin seemed intimate, you didn't have to drive everywhere as the South Congress neighborhood we stayed in was designed to walk around.  Sidewalks were filled with bars, cafes, coffee shops, and boutiques, giving a sense of urban street life day and night.  Far from hillbilly y'all!


It's a scrap yard; it's the back yard of a mans house; it's art!  The artist Vince has been collecting things since 1989, and over the years an evolvement of random things found and donated to him has formed this never ending growing sculpture slash maze.  It's genius!  Great place to play 'I Spy'!  Beware that Vince does not open his doors everyday.  Visits are by appointment only.  Drop ins are not welcomed, and you will be turned away or put in the pity chair!  HA.  Skip the embarrassment and call in advance.

Cathedral of Junk
4422 Lareina Drive
Austin, TX
T: (512) 299. 7413

It ain't Africa, but it sure was a lot of fun!  Enter 100+ acres if you dare!  Don't be scared, it's totally tame as long as you stay in your car.  You may feel some wet noses, slobber, or experience being car blocked, have buckets of food stolen, car chased by ostriches, a zebra gnawing on your side mirror, and a car trashed with pellets after.  But it was mad fun, and if that's not enough there's a petting zoo with a baby room there too!  Worth the two hour drive from Austin.

Franklin Drive Thru Safari
4324 W Hwy 79
Franklin, TX 77856
T: (979) 828. 5276

Ever tagged a wall?  Here's your chance!  A construction site from the 80's originally destined to be condos before the market crashed left walls up that were quickly turned into a canvas for artist to express their imagination.  Renowned street artist Shepard Fairey along with other famed artist have left their mark there.  But I didn't see it, because the walls change daily as others come to re-paint over the space.  This is a private property, so you do need permission and approval by submitting a sketch of what you will paint, before you can leave your mark.  You can get a paint pass on site on Saturday and Sunday between 11am to 4pm if you wish to participate.  Otherwise the park is open for free to walk through daily between 9am and 7pm.  Never seen anything like this before!  If your into street art, you will love this.

Hope Outdoor Gallery
1101 Baylor Street
Austin, TX 78703

Talk about weird…Austin is known for their nightly spectacular South Congress bridge bat show, from March through November of each year.  Crowds stand on top of the bridge, or in the park below the bridge to catch over a million bats shoot out from under the bridge into the sky at dusk. A swarm of black in the sky going at 60 mph that lasts for a good 30 minutes, if not longer.  It sounds creepy, but is pretty amazing to watch it happen like clock work.

100 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701


We attempted twice to try their much raved about BBQ.  First time we showed up half an hour before opening and the line was beyond infinity.  Next day we drove by 2 hours before opening and the line was already a couple blocks long with people hanging out on their foldable lawn chairs!  Seriously, do people camp out overnight there?  The line situation was extreme.  Definitely a no with kids in tow.  But you should test your luck and patience!  If you do get in you'll have to tell me if it really was THAT epic.  The brisket is what you must order, as Anthony Bourdains claims it to be the finest brisket he's ever had.  Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am till sold out.  Closed Mondays.  Remember that...Don't want you lining up on a Monday thinking you got lucky to be first in line!  HA.

Franklin's BBQ
900 E. 11th
Austin, TX 78702

A food truck with a menu filled with the best named donuts, such as Flying Pig and Naughty n' Nice seen below.  Served warm, and doesn't bacon make everything 100x better?  Worth the cheat!

1503 S. 1st Street
Austin, TX 78704

A coffee shop with a line outside to snap a pic with their famous wall.  Kind of ridiculous, and this is coming from a girl who loves walls!  But when in need of coffee, and you got time, get your cup here, plus your obligatory tourist pic! Not me!!

1300 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
T: (512) 444.3800

Fusion Southern food served in a converted gas station/ laundromat!  They did a good job with the decor.  Light and airy with a hint of Palm Spring vibes…and ladies you must check out the bathroom wallpaper.  It's so pretty in there!  HA.

2115 Holly Street
Austin, TX 78702
T: (512) 382.1599

The original, about half an hour away from downtown Austin.  This is the BBQ place I always rave about when the Big Apple BBQ fest comes to NYC every year.  The beef rib, brisket and sausage is a must, and slurp that sauce!  Got there half an hour before opening on a weekend, and there was already a small line forming.  So get there early or else wait with hunger pangs.  BYOB, and cash only.

Salt Lick BBQ
18300 FM 1826
Driftwood, TX 78619
T: (512) 858.4959

The gumbo!  Their duck and oyster gumbo was so tasty I ordered a second bowl!  Brunch cocktails were also a win, and the basket of complimentary warm mini corn muffins they drop on your table will ruin your appetite before the main course arrives.  Go easy on those freebies!

South Congress Cafe
1600 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
T: (512) 447. 3905

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Slightly too conveniently located across the street from our hotel.  We got taco'd out!

Torchy's Tacos
1822 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
T: (512) 916. 9025

Creative Japanese fare served in a modern zen ambience.  Up to par with Nobu.  The crudo dishes were amazingly fresh, light, and flavorful.  A good alternative when you need to take a break from the greasy Southern cooking.

801 S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704
T: (512) 916. 4808

J'adore this boutique hotel!  The mixed vintage, mid century and modern interior won me over from the moment I stepped through the front door.  Perfect location, surrounded by plenty of fun street art, restaurants and shops in the neighborhood.

South Congress Hotel
1603 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
T: (512) 920.6405

How you feel about Austin now?  I really enjoyed our 3 days there this past Summer 2017.  It was a slight detour in transit to Houston to visit family, but it worked out well, because tickets from NYC to to Austin are a lot cheaper compare to direct flights NYC to Houston.  Plus we got to experience some really cool things.  With the art scene on the rise in Austin we may need to make this a regular pit stop on our way to Houston.  Next time I hope to explore the live music scene Austin is known for too.  I totally embrace the weirdness!  Bring it on!!
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