The second I discovered that FDM was opening up a new center in Austin, Texas, I knew that I had to find a way to be a part of it. Everything I’d heard about Austin raved about its super friendly people, cleanliness, great live music scene and tremendous food. Basically, it sounded like my hometown of Toronto, only warmer! Luckily, I was able to make my way down to central Texas to be a part of the finance training for a Java Development class. I couldn’t have been more impressed by what I found.
From a strictly IT perspective, FDM is uniquely situated to have continued success in Austin due to its status as a tech and innovation hub. The whole city is growing month after month with IT and other corporate businesses opening all the time. The proximity of FDM’s new offices to the heart of downtown, which is minutes away from the beautiful University of Texas campus and Texas State Capitol building, is a definite advantage for building FDM’s brand in the southern U.S.
Austin can feel like a small town, but I got quite a shock to discover it is populated by two million people. Everyone I talked to was friendly, chatty and ready to make all kinds of suggestions on what to do – most importantly, where to eat. In addition to born-and-raised Austin locals, I came across a lot of people who have moved in from all parts of the continent, and everyone I talked to had their favourite hangouts. There were quieter streets with quirky bars, neighborhood gems off the beaten path, and the chaos of the world famous 6th Street all to check out. Every place I went in Austin was a tip from someone else, which never disappointed.
The coolest thing I discovered about Downtown Austin is the use of electric scooters that can be rented inexpensively on every street corner, making it easy to check out multiple places in the same day.
Austin professes to be the ‘live music capital of the world’ and, while I can’t confirm this, I can say that I saw live music each and every day: in bars, restaurants, coffee shops, public squares and even at the airport lounge. I listened to great bands play everything from jazz to hip-hop to swing to gospel to alternative rock to classic rock and, of course, country. The quality and variety of music honestly blew me away and became the highlight of my trip.
In terms of food, Texas barbeque is a serious business with dozens of restaurants all competing to be known as Austin’s best. I think you might agree that, in this type of battle, we are all winners. Also, given the proximity to the southern U.S. border, the Mexican and Tex-Mex food scene is unbelievable. You want Breakfast Tacos? Check. Many craft beer choices and fun brewpubs? Check. Food trucks on almost every street? Check. In short, I loved getting to explore Austin. It’s a great city and I would recommend checking it out to anyone, and I sincerely hope that I get to visit again soon.
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