Month: October 2013

Austin!

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Yesterday was our first day in Austin, TX, and boy was it amazing! We are down here because my 18 year old cousin, Olive went off to college this year, so we hadn’t seen her in over 5 months.

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Austin is a funky town!

We were able to fly out of San Luis Obispo to San Francisco (thats pretty rare because our airport is tiny) And then from San Francisco to Austin. When we got off of the smallish regional Jet in Austin (it was about 9:30pm) we were greeted with a humid 80 degree forecast, not to mention the thunderstorms. We walked through the deserted airport, looking at all the gated shops and restaurants, fairly amazed at the humidity of the city. When we got to the exit, we were greeted by a nice worker in a reflective vest, “Hiya, welcome to Austin!”. We grabbed a cab and drove over to our 1 room apartment (Edie and I slept on the couch bed) which is quite nice. The next morning, we slept in until 8:30, and then went down to South Commerce st. and checked out some incredible shops; Allen’s Boots, and Uncommon Objects, an amazing antique store.

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Uncommon Objects: the fantastical vintage shop. We especially liked this armadillo floor lamp.
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Allen’s Boots: us trying on some $714.99 boots

After that, we went over to this wild ice cream shop called Lick. I got the coconut avocado and the coconut peanut butter chocolate in a homemade waffle cone. Yum!

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Lick: wild and delicious hand crafted ice cream. (many dairy free options)

That night, we had amazing and delicious tacos….. TORCHY’S TACOS!! and as their motto says, they’re “DAMN GOOD!”. Torchy’s Tacos has two locations; one is a restaurant, the other is a food truck. By the way, Austin is the land of food trucks. There are at least 5 food trucks around every downtown block! (Torchy’s is still the best.)

I can’t believe that we are already on our trip!

Please stay tuned to hear about New York, our next stop…

Packing our Bags

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Hi, I’m here to show you that this is all that we’re bringing. Each of our bags only weighs around 15 pounds, and therefore will not be all too bulky for us. The reason for our light packing is because, first off, they’re so much easier to carry and re-pack with, and second off, since we are going to be riding the train a lot (the Eurail is the main form of transportation in Europe) and the train stations are often far away from where we may want to stay so light packs will be by far more advantageous than heavy roll alongs.

An Introduction to the Lerners

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This is us. (Order from left to right). Ben, the dad. Eden, the annoying sister. Me, Isaac. Susie, the mother
This is us. (Order from left to right). Ben, the dad. Eden, my sister. Me, Isaac. Susie, the mother

Hi, we are the SLO Lerners. It is a mere two and half weeks before we leave on the plane to Austin, Texas, then New York, and then Europe. We have plans to travel in Europe for eight months; renting apartments as we go, staying in each town for about a week, and exploring the history and culture of Europe. We are a family of four, with two parental units at the ages of 42, a son at the age of 12, and a sister at the age of 9. I am Isaac, the fantastic son, running this blog as part of my school. We go to a very unique school that combines homeschool with public school. We go to school two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday) and homeschool the other three days. For this trip we are going to use the homeschooling curriculum so that we can continue our education while we travel abroad. Posting on this blog will be part of my language arts. But don’t worry, this won’t be some website where I always just write about language arts stuff and non-fiction narratives about portabella mushrooms. This will mostly be just about our travels and a bit about how we incorporated our homeschooling into our average day. Action coming up; we are moving out of our house for the last week in our beloved town of San Luis Obispo, and staying at my grandparent’s place (their house is only a few miles away from ours). Then, on October 26th, we depart on the first section of our grand adventure…

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This is Hoover, our wonderful dog. He will be staying at my parents’ best friend’s house. We are going to miss him SO MUCH!!!!!!