When Boston Feels Like Austin

The last week or so has reminded me of being in Austin. Specifically, being in Austin during Christmas. As a New England native, the first winter I spent there was particularly strange; December didn’t feel like December. I could still ride my bike without the threat of frostbite. Snowflakes were few and far between. I didn’t wear anything warmer than a pea coat. And, the outdoor holiday lights were amazing; it’s much easier to put up decorations when the temperature is in the 60’s rather than the 30’s. So, I was taken by surprise that first year, to realize how quickly the holiday season crept up on me, as I was just putting my shorts into storage. Finals were due before I knew it.

This strangely warm December in Boston has me reminiscing about the two years I lived in Texas (and likewise procrastinating on my final papers and projects). As I stroll down Centre Street in a sweatshirt and sneakers, checking out the wreaths and holiday displays, I almost feel like I am back down south. This Sunday will seal the deal, as I am headed to a “Take Back the Sunshine” brunch at the home of a friend I met in Austin. She tells me that the bluegrass will be spinning, the sweet tea will be flowing, and the hash browns will be frying. I can’t wait, and I only hope that this warm streak continues. Turns out that living in warmer climates has made me soft, and I’m not missing the icy sidewalks or subzero temperatures. Guess I don’t have to put the cowgirl boots away just yet. Yee haw!



About shansenmspp

I am a second-year school psychology student. I completed my undergraduate degree at Macalester College, with majors in Sociology and Spanish. In addition, I have a master's degree in Public Affairs. I have worked as a language teacher in the U.S. and Latin America, and I speak Spanish and some Portuguese. I love reading, yoga, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with good friends. Oh, and playing with my impish rescue pup, Atlas.
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9 Responses to When Boston Feels Like Austin

  1. Garry Krey says:

    It’s funny in life how some sudden, random occurrence will trigger a flood of memories that you had forgotten about almost completely. Sometimes I wonder who’s the librarian? It’s definitely not me.

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  4. Weather is crazy. Boston and Austin are definitely two different places. Boston heating is important, as well as Austin air conditioning. Of course, both places will have hot and cold but people are different just like the weather. Some love the cold, some can’t stand it.

  5. Amy says:

    Nothing quite like winter time… I missed that living in the southern parts of Canada which don’t get as cold as the norther regions (near Minnesota) where I live now. Alas, I will be going back and can feel your pain!

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