Percona Live 2019 will be in Austin. Usually the event has been in Santa Clara and I am sure many of your are wondering about Austin in particular and Texas in general. I moved from Southern California to Texas many years ago and I want to assure you that Austin has many unique properties and well worth the trip.
Austin’s motto is Keep Austin Weird. Most of the population seem to be actively working on keeping the promise of that motto. The Museum of the Weird is in downtown and at sunset bats fly from under the Congress Avenue Bridge. There is lots of nightlife on 6th Street and Congress Avenue. So the nightlife, live music, and local vibe is much moire vibrant than Santa Clara.
Food will be the downfall for many of you. There are lots of great BBQ places but The Salt Lick in Driftwood outside of town is the best in my opinion but there are scores of other places worth a visit. For breakfast you have to try the pineapple upside down pancakes at Snooze. You can find steaks, pizza, vegetarian, and every other variety of food, usually in great quantities. So bring a pair of sweatpants to wear home when you ‘outgrow’ your regular pants. Sadly you will miss the January 8th birthday celebration where anyone dressed as Elvis (or Priscilla) eats for free but it is still some of the best Tex-Mex food (ask to sit in the Hubcap Room). And I assure one of the MySQL Engineering team members that we do have In-N-Out burgers in Texas as well as Whataburger.
Barton Springs is a great place for a swim. The pool itself measures three acres in size and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees. There are bike lanes and running trails for those wanting to exercise.
Texas are friendly especially when they are having fun. So plan to make a side trip to Schlitterbahn, a very unique water park. For something less strenuous you can tube the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers. These attractions are about a half hour south of Austin but well worth the trip. So plan another day just for this and then stop in New Braunfels for great German food and then stop in Gruene to visit the famous dance hall where many now big musical acts started their careers.
So while there are some aspects of Santa Clara that may be missed (I really can’t think of any), I hope that all y’all make the trip to Austin. Grab an iced tea, some brisket, and enjoy the weirdness.