Loud, Bubbly, Indecisive, Hungry — These are a few of the many traits that build Ayah Alomari’s personality. Ayah, currently a first year Civil Engineer, enjoys hiking, discovering new places around Austin and helping the environment. Having lived in Austin most of her life, Ayah shares helpful advice to get involved with the unique Austin culture.
Part of becoming immersed within a new city involves savoring the local cuisine. Austin keeps it weird by having
some of its most reputable meals come hot and fresh out of a truck. A few of Ayah’s favorite food trucks include Boteco ATX, known for their Brazilian street food, and The Mighty Cone, which serves Hot ‘n’ Crunchy meals in signature cones. Finding Food Trucks can be tricky though; They never stay in one place. Ayah often visits South Congress to find these food vendors or even just to walk into a whole new FOODventure. While it’s well known to visitors for its various culinary options, SC also proves to be the go-to food spot for locals as well.
Getting around Austin can be difficult when one has not grown up in the city.
Knowing the struggle of Austin’s traffic and small roads, Ayah understands the hassle driving can bring. She suggests walking to notice all the uniquities the city has to offer instead. Austin extends local mobility with their cab metro system, which Ayah uses to explore off campus. The Convention Center’s bike renting service creates an alternative for journeying along trails or shopping at the nearby plaza.
Ayah challenges herself weekly to explore at least one local attraction in Austin. One of her favorite activities features an amphibious tour with Austin Duck Adventures at Lady Bird Lake. The migration of the bats from South Congress Bridge also stands apart as one of the premiere attractions for Austinites. In addition to those local favorites, one should discover other memorable hotspots by simply walking off campus and meeting the Austin that only the locals know.