We arrived at our hosts' home on Friday night and tucked into some delicious home-made chili. After a long day of flying that was about it for us.
Saturday was a full day of running around and taking in the local color. After getting the day started with some Torchy's breakfast tacos (migas with chipotle sauce for me) we visited Book People, the legendary independent bookstore. I bought The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes, a bookmark and a little zipper pouch.
|Book People, Austin TX|
Next up was Cavender's, a department store of Western wear-boots, jeans, clothing and jewelry. My husband found some cowboy shirts and I came away with a pretty necklace. I wanted pretty much every pair of boots in the store! I own a pair of red Ariat boots that I did not bring to Texas- I should have!
|Cavender's boots- just a sample!|
After this we scaled back and enjoyed Central Market, a big gourmet grocery store, Hobby Lobby, a local chain of craft and hobby stores and The Quilt Store, which has a great selection of Texas and Mexican fabric. I came away with a handful of fat quarters including two pieces of orange Longhorn batik, which I bet I won't find here in Massachusetts!
Sunday was all SXSW. We walked the exhibits, checked out the scene and Jeff did a great job at his presentation, on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the "Fragile Law" that protects Internet speech. My job was to monitor the questions that the audience tweeted and repeat them to the moderators. It was a great session!