Is Everyone Lost & Confused or is it Just Me?

Posted on Friday, Feb 10, 2017

Let me start off with saying that I am not good with directions. Austin and the capitol building take this to a new level. I don't think that I have ever spent so much time being lost as I have in Austin. When I say that I have spent a lot of time lost, I mean a lot.

Let's start with moving to Austin! I knew ahead of time what my address was, but even with Google I had the hardest time finding my own house. I did about four turn-arounds before I was even able to get off of I-35 at the right exit!! If you are not already lost, the traffic on I-35 will definitely help you miss an exit or two. I would know.  I finally got home, unload, and call in takeout cause there was no way that I was going to try and navigate Austin to get some food. Congratulations Austin, you win round one.

The next morning I was ready to tackle round two. It was my first day of work and I was ready to take on Austin and the capitol. I start the day bright and early determined to be at least 15 minutes early. Well Austin had other plans for me. I got in my car and made my way out of the neighborhood only to find that my first right turn out of the neighborhood is into a sea of traffic. I have never seen anything like it. You probably think that I'm some small town girl that has never seen more than 10 cars on the road, but that is not the case. Not only have I experienced College Station on a game day, but I'm also a native of San Antonio.  Traffic is nothing new to me, but I-35 is not traffic. It is the equivalent of waiting in line at the DMV, except you actually have to pay attention and can't play on your phone. In other words, it’s a nightmare. I live less than five miles from the capitol and it took me no less than 30 minutes to get to there. Now I just had to get from my parking spot to my office. This may sound like the easy part, but when you're walking around a city that you don’t know and there are no signs it can be difficult. Lucky for me, there was a stream of other interns that seemed to know where they were going. I eventually made it inside.  My next question was “where is my office?”. Little did I know that I had just entered a real life maze. Here I was ready to give up when the first door I walked by was my office. I had actually made it with two whole minutes to spare.

That was my first day trying to get to work in Austin. It was kind of a hectic disaster. Fast forward to just a month later. I have learned so much that would not have been possible without going through a few hard and lost days. I have now figured out the traffic from trial and error. The trick is to leave at exactly 8:06am not a minute sooner or later. I am no longer getting lost in Austin or at least people can't tell I'm lost now.  I now know what it means to “fake it till you make it” because you will make it if you just keep trying.  

Alexandra Espinosa
Office of Representative Lance Gooden
Austin, Texas