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Austin.. skyline??

Ok. I really have to differ with Jeff and Caitlin on this one.
Call me a snob, but for someone who came from a city that looks like this ↓

photo by Topic Agency/Getty Images

South Korea: Seoul Skyline, photo by Topic Agency/Getty Images

Frost Bank, Austin

Frost Bank, Austin

Austin’s skyline seems pretty non-existent to me.

Come on. You can practically count the buildings that can actually be counted as part of the “skyline” (like.. 7?) and the Frost Bank is the ONE building that has any aesthetic value.

I think that’s actually one of the first things I noticed about Austin.
It just felt like something was missing. Everything seemed so empty, and I couldn’t figure out why.
Then I realized it was because the entire sky was empty.

In Seoul, you have to crank your neck and look up in order to be able to see the sky because there are so many skyscrapers and high buildings. Here in Austin, you can see the sky in front of you – you barely have to look up.
Do you guys know how weird that is??
To be able to see the sky in front of you?
To me, that was one of the weirdest things to get used to here.

I mean, I guess maybe that could be a plus, since you have a wider, more open view. And it actually accounts for one of my favorite things about austin now – the great view of the sky. I’ve never seen skies the way I have been able to in Austin. But it also means that there’s just not much there.

I’m not trying to hate on Austin, and I’m not saying that every city needs to be crammed with huge buildings in order to be beautiful. Texas is a humongous state – about 7 times the size of Korea, but with only 1/3 of the population of Korea – so you really don’t need to build high since you have the space to build wide. And that is part of Austin’s beauty. But skyline-wise… it’s just not the most exciting place.



Bright lights, big city.

I could gush about this topic forever and ever, so I will try to contain my love for Austin at night.  There is something magical about the twinkling lights of the city, and as you drive south on I-35 into the city, the Frost Bank Tower will act as your super-modern beacon to Austin night life.

The capitol at night. (Photo by Caitlin Wittlif.)

The capitol at night. (Photo by Caitlin Wittlif.)

Even if you aren’t one for bars or clubs, you can wander the streets and marvel at the architecture and lighting.  Get a group of friends and drive around the streets with the music blaring, and take pictures as you go – the effect of the blurry stripes of red, yellow, green, and blue filling up your camera screen will mesmerize you.

Or head on over to the capitol! The lawns are prime spots for reliving childhood – a roll down one of the hills is something every Austinite should experience, and when you’re cloaked in the night, the only laughter you’ll hear is your own.

Another great spot at night in the city is the lake. As I am focusing on the Austin night lights, you should know that the lake becomes a wonderful mirrored sheet that sparkles and shimmers, competing with the sky for your rapt attention.

Our fabulous skyline is just that much more glorious in the dark. Get out there and enjoy it, Austin!


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