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travel: Austin!

you know those trips that you plan SO FAR in advance that they feel like they’re never going to actually happen?
well that’s my return to Austin.
last year, literally within days of returning from Austin, I bought tickets to ACL festival for 2014.
I didn’t know the bands… the actual lineup wasn’t announced until about 7 months later… but I knew how much fun I had in 2013 and I wanted to go back.
so the lineup was announced and while it wasn’t the greatest thing I’d ever heard, there were plenty of gems to make me excited.
old favourites like AFI, Interpol, Beck and Pearl Jam…
and then bands I’ve more recently gotten into like St Vincent, Lana Del Rey and Lorde…
and then plenty of bands I’ve heard of, but don’t know much about and am excited to see. and so randomly, Belle and Sebastian are playing, who I haven’t seen live in over 15 years.
and honestly, last year’s lineup was like someone asked me to handpick my favourite bands for a dream festival… so I knew that regardless of who was booked this year, I’d be a little disappointed. so I was pleasantly surprised to find so many acts to look forward to this year.

anyways, it all didn’t seem real until this weekend when I finally got my wristbands in hand.

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and now I’m really ready to go.
we have tickets to the late show with Fitz and the tantrums on the night we arrive… and tickets to the Saturday night late show with Austin natives Spoon. and gospel brunch booked for Sunday morning, naturally…
but besides that, we’re just going to play it by ear and see what trouble we get into. I know we’ll be just fine… Austin will take care of us.

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