Marla at the Men with Pens SXSWi Meetup
Marla at the Men with Pens SXSWi Meetup

SXSWi: When Austin Isn’t About The Music

Although this post is now, in some respects, old news we’ve been a bit traveled-out lately. After an action packed month and a half on the road we took a little time off from traveling and from posting on this site. So although I’ll be writing about events that happened more than a month ago (*gasp* old news on the internet!), there’s still posts to be published and new posts that remain to be written. So…onward! :)

Prior to going to SXSW we had many excellent suggestions of places to go and music to hear. We talked to our friend who used to live in Austin and found out all about the area while getting the inside scoop on the hot spots. We also received plenty of unsolicited advice from friends who’ve previously experienced the amazingness that is Austin, TX. Although we were extremely grateful for all of the advice, most of the “don’t miss this” suggestions were never put to use. Austin was a non-stop party.

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Jeff and Marla with Adam, Courtney and Milli Baker
Jeff and Marla with Adam, Courtney and Milli Baker

SXSWi: The Land of Friends and Inspirations

Do you think that five days in a new place can make you feel like a brand new person? I do! I felt that way after going to Austin for South by Southwest Interactive.

No, I didn’t buy a pass to the Conference and no, I didn’t attend a presentation that blew my mind. I just hung out for five days with some amazing and inspiring people.

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Jeff Going Hungry at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Jeff Going Hungry at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

On African Safari: Attacked In San Antonio

Round two of our crazy travel schedule came to a close last week. In the last month we’ve taken a Southern Caribbean cruise, we went to Austin for SXSWi and finally to San Antonio to visit with family. But before heading off to Orlando next week I thought I’d check in with a tiny recap of our latest adventure.

While in San Antonio we of course visited the Alamo and checked out some of San Antonio’s city life (on St. Patrick’s Day nonetheless), but we were also afforded quite a unique experience, an African Safari in the middle of Texas.

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St. Thomas - As Seen Aboard the Serenade of the Seas
St. Thomas - As Seen Aboard the Serenade of the Seas

Cruising With an Oceanview, Big Mistake

Now that our second cruise is in the books I’m compelled to report that we made a rookie mistake. We didn’t heed the past warnings of other cruisers and instead spotted a deal and went with it.

Now we must forever suffer the consequences of booking an Oceanview Room.

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The coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico
The coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Why We’re Traveling So Much

We’re currently on our way to Austin, TX. Yes we were in Los Angeles in January. Yes we were just on a cruise of the Southern Caribbean last week. Yes we’re not only going to Austin, but also to San Antonio. And yes after returning home from Texas we’re heading right back out to Orlando, FL.

When we were in Grenada visiting Chrissy we were talking about our travels and the inevitable question came up. “Why are you traveling so much?”

It’s a very good question. One that deserves a thorough response. So of course I said, “Because we can.” She really seemed to like that answer, but honestly there’s more to why we travel in general and specifically why we’re traveling so much right now.

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