This past weekend was one of the most fun-filled and exciting times I have had in a while, and I was able to spend it with people who I hadn’t seen in a very long time. Three years ago, I experienced one of the best times in my life when I lived and studied abroad in Portugal. I met some of the most amazing people, and after months of planning we finally reunited and spent a weekend filled with adventure and what felt like excessive exercise in Austin, TX. We spent time hiking at the very rocky yet beautiful Zilker Park, basked in the sun at the Barton Springs pool, partied on Rainy and 6th street, and relived many memories from our time living in Portugal together. We enjoyed great company, food and a few too many drinks (if you’re ever in Austin, try “The Emily”, it will change your life!). The icing on top of the cake was that our taxi driver was Brazilian, and we were able to dust off our rusty Portuguese and spend some time speaking the language we had all learned together.
Although it was absolutely amazing to be reunited with some of the best people I know, this weekend was definitely a new testament to my recently changed eating habits. Austin is the city of TexMex and barbecue that could make even the most macho men cry. After spending the day hiking in the sun, the four of us headed to Salt Lick to try what we had been told was the best barbecue in Texas. Let me tell y’all, they were not lying when they said that you would find the best barbecue in Texas. Salt Lick was literally the best barbecue I have ever had in my life, and I have eaten a ton of barbecue. If if was possible to marry the beef brisket that I ate, I would be the first one in line at the altar. We all ate great food, but can I just say I was so proud of myself because even when faced with difficult eating decisions, I did not let this feat get to me, and enjoyed every single thing I ate, all of which was Paleo approved!
The people in Austin are definitely living up to the expectations of “keeping Austin weird”, and it was such a great city to build more crazy memories with my friends. Tenho saudades already, and I can’t wait for another adventure with my friends that I became so close to in Portugal. Viva Portugal!
Bonus: This morning when I weighed myself, the scale did not lie and I lost 11 pounds!!! Whooooo hoooo, take that Salt Lick, I still was able to eat great food and kick butt at the same time! I am determined and will be pageant ready by next year!