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Colombian Food and San Antonio

Ivan and I woke up around noon on February 28, 2010.  Erika and Sara slept in.  We were thinking of headed to San Antonio as soon as we could.  Erika asked if we wanted to eat Colombian food and then hypnosis.  We said that we would join them for Colombian food since we didn’t have much time.  Both of us have never eaten Colombian food before.  Erika told us she didn’t want us to leave.

Ivan drove to Casa Colombia.  Erika and Sara ordered a few starters.  The plantains with cheese inside was really good.  Juli and Mark met us there.

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Ivan and I shared the arroz con pollo and the tilapia.  The arroz con pollo was delicious.  Really good food!  It was great chatting to Erika, Sara, Juli and Mark.

We had a great time staying with Erika and Sara.  They really made us feel welcome in their home.  We felt like part of their circle of friends.  They’re lots of fun!

We started driving to San Antonio around 5:20 pm.  We did stop at Wal-Mart to grab a few things.  We arrived at 6:45 pm.  We met up with Roscoe at The Morris.  Roscoe is a guy I met on the internet years ago.  We always keep up with each other’s blogs and we chat via Twitter.  He has an apartment at The Morris.  Some of the rooms are set up as hotel rooms.  He got us a hotel room for 2 nights and he paid for it.  He’s such a nice guy.  He also stocked our refrigerator with food and drinks.  The Daves (the two monkeys we’re traveling with) were happy since Roscoe bought them bananas. 

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Roscoe showed us around The Morris.  We chatted for a few minutes in his apartment.  We asked if he wanted to join us for dinner later.  He said yes.  He knew of a 24 hour place nearby.

We put our backpacks in the room and unpacked.  We also took showers.

It was raining when we met in the lobby around 10 pm.  Roscoe brought an umbrella.  Ivan and Roscoe used the umbrella.  My jacket has a hood.   Rain was getting on my eyeglasses though.

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We walked a few blocks to the colorfully decorated Mi Tierra – a Tex Mex restaurant.  Ivan and I shared the chicken quesadilla and chicken fajitas.  The margaritas are very good there.  We chatted with Roscoe for awhile.  He’s a cool guy.  We walked back to The Morris.

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Cool Junk

Ivan was around up when I woke up around 2 pm on February 27, 2010.

Ivan and I went to lunch with Erika, Sara and their friend Reese at Whole Foods.  It’s buffet style with healthy food.  They had the best tomato chipotle soup.  The food was really good!

I drove us to the Cathedral of Junk.

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It’s located in a local man’s backyard.  He started putting hubcabs up on the fence in 1989.  Now, it has amassed to a huge structure filled with all sorts of junk like street signs, bikes, computer mice, old AOL discs, toys, glass bottles, etc.  The items are all wired together.  You can climb up it and sit down in different places.  Look around to find places that you can climb up or go down.

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It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be!  It’s really cool!  If you’re ever in Austin, you have to check it out!

We chilled at Zilker Park for a few minutes.  We drove back to Erika and Sara’s apartment.  We got ready since we’d be headed to 6th street.

We wanted to see Esther’s Follies.  Esther’s Follies was sold out, but they have a standby line.  We met a guy from Houston who was with his wife and 3 kids in the line.   He was very friendly.  He talked to Ivan about our travels.  We were the 6th and 7th person in line.  We got in to the Esther’s Follies show.  It’s a vaudeville show.  We didn’t get some of the Texan politics jokes.  It’s filled with short skits and magic tricks.  Some of the skits had popular songs with their own words.  It was really funny.’There’s a window in the back of the stage that shows the sidewalk.  They used the window a lot.. sometimes they had part of the show out there.

We decided to check out 6th Street.  It’s filled with lots of bars and a few restaurants.  It’s very touristy.  There was lots of young people around.  We stopped at Extreme Pita.  Ivan and I each had a tasty pita.

We didn’t feel like drinking so we didn’t go inside any of the bars.

We started driving back the apartment.  Erika called to ask if we wanted to come to Juli and Dani’s house.  Erika and Sara didn’t end up going to the Zombie party they were invited to.   They ended up having a party at Juli and Dani’s house.

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Me, Juli and Dani

We saw some of their friends from the night before and we also met some new people.  Most of their friends introduced themselves to us.  Ivan did some magic tricks.  We had some red wine.  I was so tired.  We headed back around 2:30 am.

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Austin

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.

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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.

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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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