The camper van we rented was great and indeed felt like home after a while. But the perspective of sleeping in a real bed was still super exciting. We planned on staying with Miriam, a former couch surfer of mine. She lives pretty close to the city center of Austin - with her boyfriend and a puppy. It really felt like home, no, like being a very welcome guest. We had a fantastic time with our hosts, who showed us around. There are soooo many hipsters in Austin, sooooo many green and sustainable projects, and soooooo many vegan restaurants. We couldn't really believe it when people told us before. But when we were there, it was a lot greener than we could imagine, in every sense of the word.