Ivan and I said thank you and goodbye to Ramano on February 26, 2010.  We decided to stop for lunch at La Duni in Dallas.  It’s a Latin cafe.  Ivan and I shared French Toast and a Gaucho Chicken Breast sandwich there.  The food was good there.

We started driving towards Austin at 11:40 am.  We stopped at West for a Czech bakery.  We wanted to try a kolache.  They have them with mostly meats.  But, there were some with sweet stuff inside.  Ivan thought it might be good.  Unfortunately, it was salty and sweet.  It didn’t taste good at all!

We arrived in Austin at 3:40 pm.  The couchsurfers Erika and Sara weren’t home yet.  So, we decided to do some sightseeing.  Ivan read about South Congress Avenue.  It’s a cool street filled with very unique shops like Monkey See, Monkey Do!, Uncommon Objects, Tesoro’s Trading Co. and a cool costume shop (can’t recall the name).  Our favorite shop was Monkey See, Monkey Do!  The two monkeys who are travelling with us (The Daves – Big Dave and son Lil Dave) loved it as well!  The Daves do their own thing – always something monkey related!

We talked to Erika on the phone.  She told us that she would be getting off earlier.  So, she said we could come to her apartment in an hour.  She recommended that we try Home Slice Pizza.  It’s supposedly the best pizza in the city.

We walked to Home Slice Pizza.  Ivan ordered two slices: Margherita and eggplant.  The Margherita tasted better.  The pizza was good but not fantastic.


We saw the Hey Cupcake! van.  We bought a chocolate cupcake for Erika there.

Erika got a flat tire.  We waited a few minutes near their apartment and used the internet.  Erika called and told us that her sister Sara was home, so we could go to their apartment. 

We met Sara.  She’s a sweet girl who’s going to college at UT.  Erika arrived later on.  She’s also very friendly.  They asked if we wanted to go to their friend Reese’s surprise party.  It was Texas themed.  So, they were going to dress like Texans and wear hats since his last name has hat in it.

We yelled Surprise! and blew on our noisemakers.  Reese was definitely surprised.


They made him a Texas shaped cake and decorated it with the Texas flag on it.  How cool!

Erika and Sara’s friends were very friendly and liked to chat.  It was great.  Ivan and I drank some Mike’s Hard Spiced Apple that we brought.  It was really good!

Somebody thought we should head to a bar.  The bars in Texas stop serving alcohol at 2 am.  Ivan and I thought it was silly to go since it was already almost 1 am.  One of Erika’s friends drove us to the 04 Lounge.

It was pretty crowded in the bar.  Ivan bought some drinks.  Most of Erika and Sara’s friends smokes so we were outside hanging out with them.  It was a little cold out.

The bartender said that it was 2 am and that everybody had to finish their drink and come inside.  It’s so weird to me and Ivan that the bar closes so early.  We’re used to Las Vegas where bars are 24 hours or  they close really late.

We went back to Reese’s condo.  Ivan and I danced to the music that was playing.  Somebody didn’t like the dance music and put some boring Otis Redding on.   It was a really fun night.  I’m not sure where the time went.  I fell asleep for a little while.  We went back around 6 am.  Ivan and I pulled out the mattress in the sofa and went to bed around 6:45 am.

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