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Keeping it Weird

Austin has been very good to me so far, not least in it’s tex mex and satisfying doses of southern hospitality. One of the reasons I choose Austin was because of it’s unofficial tagline, “keep Austin weird”. I didn’t know how central this would actually be to the city’s sense of itself.

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The weirdness isn’t confined to eccentricity though, as an exchange student it certainly bleeds my perception of American ‘college life’. What I had previously imagined could only be stereotypical representations of college kids – the frat parties, sorority girl competition, and the insanely intense obsession with the college football team – are closer to the truth than I feel entirely comfortable with.

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But that’s one of the reasons I love it so. Austin is at once so perfectly all-American and Dallas’ weird rogue cousin. The weather is hot, but the cacti and micro bats and beautiful people are plentiful.

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Madeleine Purdy still misses y’all in Sydney

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