I’ve been quiet lately, too quiet. As my life turned into a whirlwind of work engagements that swiftly and deftly led to bigtime burnout, my poor little blog suffered radio silence. As I write this, I am in lovely Costa Rica, where in the history of my blog is where I can always count on to rejuvenate, as it is where I lived the “good life” of expat living filled with jaunts to Nicaragua for visa runs, or maybe a weekend at the cloud forest, for one wonderful year. A few short weeks ago, I went to Austin for the weekend, so excited to run around and visit all of my favorite places, snapping photos of all of the mom and pop bars and shops that make the town unique. I lived in that hot, sticky Texan city for one year and always love visiting. This time, however, I landed at my friend Kristen’s house exhausted. We did indeed run around to some favorite restaurants and some new hot spots. I had a blast! Luckily, Kristen snapped this one very happy photo of me with a yummy margarita, because I took out my camera exactly one time:
to take a photo of a vat of comfort food with that touch of magic that only Austin can conjure up. (If you’re ever in Austin, you must, must, must make the queso an absolute priority, with margaritas a close second. This particular pot of goodness comes courtesy of Torchy’s Tacos.) While yes, queso pretty much does say it all in a certain artsy sort of way when it comes to a quick Austin getaway, the fact that I took not a single other photo is so sadly indicative of how burnt-out I was. When you’re exhausted, do you stay in for the weekend, or take a getaway? I actually find that I don’t sleep well until I’m AWAY from my stress. After weeks of insomnia and short nights of sleep, at Kristen’s adorable little house, I couldn’t seem to get enough shut-eye! I left so rested!
Since I took only one sad little photo, I will tell you what I did:
I slept. A lot.
I laughed a lot with my friend Kristen, who so generously let me stay at her house and was the best hostess ever. A fellow journalist who has spent years living in Paris, she is a kindred spirit for sure.
I had beers with Erica and Shaun, the folks from OverYonderlust, who had just returned from their big Latin American journey. They did take a photo of all of us. Someday, I hope to see it! I remember when they stopped through Las Vegas about a month or so before their big trip. Time flies!
I had brunch at Perla’s, which is darling.
I watched Mad Men not alone for the first time ever — and there were even three of us, as Kristen invited a friend!
Austin was the perfect restful little weekend away with friends that I needed! That got me through the next busy few weeks… and now I’m in Coco, Costa Rica for a wonderful week off. It’s good to be back. I’ve missed you guys!
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