Austin or Bust
Updated: Oct 1
After a year of being in New Mexico, my partner and I came to the conclusion that this will not be our forever home. We love the nature in Albuquerque. Every view is a mountain view. It doesn't matter where you are - mountains surround you. The sky is always a light, baby blue. The weather is gorgeous. There a no bugs...no fleas...no ticks...no mosquitos!
The issue with New Mexico is that it lacks the culture we crave. Sante Fe comes close, but it doesn't really have what we are looking for, and it's extremely expensive to buy in Sante Fe. As a folk artist, live music is important to me. I have always wanted to live in a city like Seattle, Portland, Cambridge, Tuscon, Northampton, etc. These are all towns known for their progressive populations, live music scenes, and the arts.
As is so happens... my daughter bought a house in Austin and invited us to move there as well! Austin is routinely lauded as one of the best places to live in the U.S., thanks to its warm weather, affordable housing and bustling cultural scene. My daughter is settling down, getting married, and eventually wanting to raise a family in one of the best cities in the United States! I lucked out.
Austin is known for it's eclectic live-music scene. But that's not all Austin is known for. It's a city with gorgeous lakes and parks for hiking and kayaking. And, it has a welcoming LGBTQ scene. Austin has been voted the number one place to live in America three years in a row.
Fingers crossed that they have a Covid vaccine soon so we can really enjoy Austin. I can't wait to go to SXSW and I'm even thinking of starting a small women's music festival in Austin...why not?