Alex Peters is a recent transplant from Australia. She runs the volunteer program at Ten Thousand Villages, a store that sells fair-trade crafts & housewares from artisans from Asia, Africa, Latin America & the Middle East.
Why did you move to Austin?
I originally came to Austin from Sydney, Australia for a Study Abroad semester at UT back in 2012. I heard there was great live music, sunshine, and a kinda hippie vibe, so I was on board!
After six months of Lone Star, swimming holes and two-stepping, I was hooked. I eventually moved here last year as a recent grad for the hospitality, weather, laid back pace of life, and culture. Austin is growing FAST, but what that means on a day to day basis is you’re constantly meeting people who are new to town, looking for cool things to do and people to meet. Folks here are very friendly, welcoming and open, whether they’ve been in town for 20 years or 20 minutes.
Professionally, there’s definitely enough happening to keep you busy and motivated, but not so much that people get caught up in the hustle and grind. Austin’s got a great balance of small town vibes with big city dreams, and I like that!
Quintessential Austin Day?
- Breakfast Tacos. Absolute must do. Try the Migas at Veracruz, or anything on the breakfast menu at Torchy’s.
- Bike ride for coffee. I love the Hike and Bike trail, and the new Boardwalk on the South Side of Town Lake is beautiful! Eastcycles will hook it up for bike rentals, then you can make your way down to Alta’s for great coffee with a few of the water.
- Make your way over to Zilker Park to people-watch and dog-watch.
- Get way too hot at Zilker Park and head to Barton Springs to cool off. Take a nap in the shade (you’ll need it, especially if you’re here in summer time). Jump off the diving board to wake up again!
- Grab a six pack at Thom’s Market on Barton Springs Rd, then challenge your friend to 18 holes at Peter Pan’s BYOB Putt Putt.
- Hit Happy Hour on a patio, and try a Texan beer or cocktail. I love anything with Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka in it.
- Head back to the East side and join in at Two Step Lessons at the White Horse, then stay afterwards for the live music all night!
Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Austin
- Trust me, you cannot live off BBQ. I’ve tried. It doesn’t feel good. If you need a dose of greens, check out any of these healthy spots with great vegetarian and vegan options…
- Casa De Luz – like rehab for your belly
- Conscious Cravings Food Truck – the long line is worth it!
- Arlo’s food truck – delicious late night vegan options
- Koriente – home cooked, simple and tasty food to balance out the meat sweats
- Juiceland – some of the tastiest juices in THE WORLD.
- Lucky Robot – the tofu Build Your Own Bowls are awesome!