GRACE’S VIEW: Austin, Texas

Grace’s View | Grace Fowler

Recently I had a chance to visit Austin, Texas and I didn’t quite know what to expect. I had heard from lots of people that it was a pretty cool city and I knew it would be warm, but other than that I had no idea.

After spending four days in Austin, I fell in love. I fell in love with the food and the culture and the possibilities. I decided that if I were to live there in my 20s and 30s, I would be in heaven. I could have an apartment, a career, a dog, and a social life. This visit made me really start to think about what my life could be like. I can see it now — and it is fantastic.

Austin is famous for its food trucks that serve all kinds of fare around the city. There is every possible type of food you can imagine — cheese, cupcakes, Indian, chicken — you name it. Austin is also famous for its bats. One particular bridge is known as a bat hangout and people come from all over to watch them fly out after the sun goes down. My aunt described it as a black cloud of millions of bats flying out from under the bridge. Apparently, if you walk over the bridge during the day, you can hear them chirping away.

Austin is also famous for its music. One street is filled with bars and a handful of them feature really good music. Basically, there is never a shortage of exciting things to do in this city.

It is fun being young and able to dream about what my future could be like. I try to keep myself in the present and not worry too much about the past or what might be ahead. But this gave me the confidence that I can travel and get a job and make a life for myself.

As much as I would like to think I would do well living in a city when I’m young and working, I don’t know if it actually would be my thing. I like cities, or at least I like visiting them for a few days at a time. But I feel most at home in a smaller setting, maybe just outside of a big metropolis. Somewhere that I could find the peace and quiet that I would need, but also have a never ending list of things to explore.

Grace Fowler is a Greenville High School graduate and a Hope College freshman. She can be reached at

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