After a relaxing time at the springs, we headed into downtown Austin to check into our hotel and grab a bite to eat before we headed over to Flugtag. We had some fabulous mojitos and Cuban food at Havana's on 6th street. I highly recommend the roast pork. Yum! We then made our way to over to the Flugtag area. I knew it would be a popular event, but I never imagined the amount of people that would actually show up to it. I guess if it's free, they will come. So we battled the hot, sweaty crowd to the Flugtag grounds. We were pretty much packed in like cattle, and we really couldn't see so we decided to go on the other side of town lake to watch the festivities. Every inch of available space was crowded with people trying to watch, but eventually we found an ok spot. Things definitely got better when the sun went down and were were roasting. Also people started leaving and we could actually see some Flugtag action. I
t was fun to see the crazy weird gliders fall into the lake, but the downtime between teams was kind of a buzzkill. It took at least 15 minutes between flights to pull the wreckage out of the water and get things ready for the next team. I guess on TV this step is edited out. All in all it was cool, and my favorites were the replica of the Flintstones car, the rock, paper, scissors team, and the replica of the Deathmobile from Animal House.
So what do you do after spending the last 5 hours sweating amongst thousands of people watching people intentionally fall into a lake? You go drink on 6th street, of course. Viva Austin!