Austin. Not SXSW
In Austin, Texas’ capital, the key event is the South by South West festival, an indescribable music, art, and media event. Texas radiates a sense of freedom, with lenient laws on drinking and arms. The spirit of personal freedom is strong among locals. The atmosphere in the city during the festival is vibrant and unique.
A notable experience was attending an AHL hockey match, a league where young NHL players adapt to the big sports show, where the benched or penalized players refine their skills, and where aspiring players strive for fame despite lower salaries. The match between Texas Stars and Manitoba Moose was more fight than hockey, raising questions about the developmental value for aspiring NHL players. Many drafted players, unable to find a spot in the team, choose to play in Europe instead of staying in the AHL.