Today is my first full day in Austin.
Driving into the city yesterday, I felt like I was coming home. After dropping my wonderful traveling partner Ivana off at the airport, I feel the pull of normalcy overwhelm me like a giant wave of ocean water. It is warm and cozy, and scratchy and salty and open and limitless. I want to do everything all at once, but also know that I need to remember to breath and be still. I go to find a place to swim. I try two YMCA's but both pools are being fixed. I realize I haven't eaten anything today, and instead drive to the food coop to buy lunch and groceries. It feels so good to buy groceries - things that can be refrigerated like kale and miso and chicken breast. I go to the laundromat and do some laundry - $2.50 for a load. I make plans to buy string and clothes pins to hang them on when they are wet. I can do that here - the air is still warm (even though they tell me it is chilly. I am a New Englander and have learned the true meaning of winter). I call and find a functioning pool for later. I come home and sit with Alex, and we talk about a plan, and how we will live together temporarily, and how I will help him to organize his space - a skill I have developed and that helps me feel grounded. I do his dishes and it feels really good. Today, I feel like a baby with the benefit of experience. I am starting fresh, blessed with the freedom of time and space to figure it all out and get in touch with my true purpose here. I feel like I have arrived.
I want to thank everyone soooo sooo much for following me on this journey! Can't believe these 20 days on the road have ended. I am setting an intention to keep blogging once a week, most likely on Sunday afternoons. I hope you will join me for my continued adventures in Austin.