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Austin is a truly special place. It is quite possibly the friendliest place I have ever visited – while filming sections of the video in Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, I had to leave my girlfriend to fend for herself as I shoved my camera into various faces. Within half an hour she had been adopted by a southern mama, was being regaled with tips about the city, and was even bought a bingo ticket by a well-wishing local. Also, I have never been called ‘darling’ as much as I was in Austin. Outside of New York, it was my undisputed highlight during three months in America. Here’s a map of the places featured in the film:
And here are some other things I’ve been up to recently:
• In other Video Breaks for the Guardian, I went ghost-hunting in Philadelphia, and was taken on a nightlife tour of Baltimore by the Baltimore Sun’s nightlife editor, Sam Sessa.
• I compiled a 2010 travel hotlist for the Guardian and Observer, collating a variety of expert advice from travel gurus.