Austin made me feel welcome in more ways than one. Heck, they even named a store after my son, Randall’s. Throughout the week folks were courteous and welcoming.
That and they kept apologizing for the weather. Yes, when it’s below 70 something or the least bit clowdy, they think the weather is bad. Heck, it was flooding in our neck of the woods when we left and cold too boot.
During our visit were were able to not just meet with Simis, but with several other contacts of mine from Twitter. We had lunch out with @Orchid8.
We had breakfast with @mikeneumann:
Dinner with Simis:
And then a whole dang tweetup hosted by Kim Haynes.
Several folks turned out for the meetup and made us feel quite welcome. We didn’t just talk about Twitter either. No, we talked about blogging, social media, photography, and social networking. But beyond that, we had opportunity to talk about each other, Austin, and food. You know that last one is dear to my heart. Ha.
As you can see, just meeting folks was a busy week. I’ll have to do another post about the cultural stuff I guess. Expect a post just about the food as well.
For a visual recap of our week in Austin be sure to check out Flickr. I’ll be adding more pics to that set over the next several days.
In summary, the trip to Austin brought me closer to folks in my network than just being virtual friends. We talked, we laughed, and we broke bread together. Those are the makings of a lasting friendship. Heck, in all the excitement, I made some new friends too and so did our friend Simis.
What are you doing with your next vacation? Seeing the Grand Canyon, or closing the loop with friends? Can you manage both like in our Austin trip?