Just like any relationship we encounter in our day to day lives, we also develop thoughts, feelings and opinions about the places where we live. Collectively, the writers of this blog have developed an intimate relationship with Austin, Texas. As such, we’re able to speak authoritatively about the events, random occurrences and idiosyncrasies that help “keep Austin weird.” Join us as we dissect the love/hate relationship we’ve developed with our home. And please—please—add to our conversation. While we know a good bit about our city, we warmly welcome contributions and viewpoints that we may have overlooked.

Caitlin is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, double majoring in Radio/TV/Film and Multimedia Journalism.  Her dream is to work as a music journalist – music is her life! She has written for the university as an official student blogger, has worked at the student radio station KVRX, and has written for The Daily Texan. She grew up in San Antonio, but loves to call Austin her home – there is SO much to love about it! You can usually find her at a live show, running down at the lake, or hanging out with friends on the lawn of the Capitol.

meBrittany is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in journalism with a concentration in copy editing and design. Her dream is to work at a magazine doing art direction – layout is her passion.  She also enjoys graphic design and  you can check out some of her work at www.brittanyrai.com, her personal portfolio site.  On weekends you are likely to find Brittany at a metal or hardcore concert, or just hanging out.  She also enjoys scrapbooking and reading profusely.

dscn1680_2 Samantha is currently a Multimedia Journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin. Samantha has experienced multiple sides of journalism and publishing. In 2006, she interned in the photo department of Marie Claire Magazine in New York. Following this Samantha freelanced at a boutique ad agency called Kraftworks in Soho. After this she freelanced as a stylist assistant forWendy McNett where she worked behind the scenes of photo shoots for top U.S. designers.

For the last year Samantha has worked at an alternative news weekly in San Antonio, Texas called The Current. There she experienced the account side of the publishing world while working as a sales rep getting revenue for the paper through ad sales.

In August 2008, Samantha moved to Austin, Texas to complete her Journalism degree.

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38 Responses to “What’s to love/hate?”


  1. 1 Lavanna Martin November 17, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I LOVE this blog idea. Don’t get me started on the HATE, though.

    Thank you,

    Lavanna Martin
    ps: thanks for the link

  2. 2 Caitlin W November 22, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Thank you so much for your comments and support! Feel free to post ideas for us here in terms of love/hate topics:)

    Also, your artwork is beautiful!!

  3. 3 Caitlin W December 2, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Brittany, that is SUCH a cute photo!!! I love it:)

  4. 4 Jenny P December 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    hi im a junior in high school
    and ive ALWAYS wanted to live up in austin
    is it ridiculously expensive to live up there?

  5. 5 Caitlin W December 12, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Hey Jenny, thanks for checking out our blog!

    Austin’s cost kind of depends on where you’re coming from. For me, it wasn’t a huge change – I grew up in San Antonio, and I don’t feel like I pay that much more for food. It’s hard to say in terms of rent and such, because I was living with my parents so I don’t really know how to compare. I live alone, which definitely makes it more expensive. But if you live with a roommate or two, rent is totally doable. Ultimately, I feel like most things in Austin are reasonably priced, apart from if you want to buy a house up here. Then again, I was in Germany last semester, so EVERYTHING seems sooo much cheaper now haha. Hope that helped a little!

  6. 6 Jenny P December 14, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    that definitley helped. i lived in san antonio too! then moved up one town away to boerne. im pretty sure im gonna have a roomate, so im hoping rent is doable. thanks for the information!

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