What we're about

I wanted to do that... Just not alone! (FREE & SAFE)

* A community is great because of its members, and we need you to make it great!

We live in an ever-shrinking world, where the technologies and transportation systems make it easier than ever to connect people from every corner of the world. We also have the fortune to live in a quality and vibrant city that is home to people of diverse backgrounds and life experience. The Austin International Network gives you an opportunity to experience some of the many international cultures that the city hosts, to share your knowledge of cultural heritage, interests/hobbies or professional expertise with other members of the group, and make new friends while doing so.

The mission of this group is as implied by the name of the group--we'd like to provide good company as well as a positive and safe environment for members to experience things that, for whatever reasons, you longed for but weren't able to do before. You'll also get to know things that you can do and enjoy in Austin through the meetups proposed by your peers. It is also a hope of our group to promote cross-cultural dialogues, sharing, understanding, and peer supports through a variety of local activities and events, as well as international trips.

But we (organizers) are few and you are many, and this means that to work toward these goals we need the proactive participation and supports from at least some members of the community. This group is unique because of our members, and we look forward to meeting you and facilitate the meetup ideas you propose.

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Interested in a festival or music performance? Crave for dining at an exotic restaurant? Can't find teammates/players for a sport, hobby, or fun stuff (e.g., bowling, basketball, badminton, dance, or a silly fun game)?

* Any Member Can Schedule a Meetup at This Group for Free:)

This is a forum in Austin where people get to discover the city together in a fun and safe environment. People who are familiar with the city are of course welcome to join us and even provide meeting ideas. Newcomers to Austin (from overseas) are also more than welcome to join us and explore Austin and Texas together!

We aim at building a safe and friendly community with people currently residing in Austin or visiting from overseas. You don't need to have experience overseas or be able to speak English to join this group. Every friendly person is welcome in this group! (Including people local in Austin or (originally) from other parts of the world.)

If you happen to be traveling to Austin, you are welcome to join our group and events as well:) If you are currently overseas but have a plan to visit or stay in Austin in the near future, still welcome join the group.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Join our upbeat and friendly international community & * Meet People from All Walks of Life *

If you enjoy friendship, activities, music, arts,

networking, socializing, parties,

learning, sharing, inspiration, personal/professional development,

travel, culture, language, and/or some fun,

and you like them for free,

this is the group for you!!

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Dear friends,

This new group is part of an effort for establishing a network of global meetups, currently being fast deployed in major cities worldwide, including London, Paris, San Francisco, New York, LA, Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Austin, Thailand... And more to come!

Our only agenda is to build up a global community (in the format of meetup groups at this stage), where participants get to mix and mingle in a safe and friendly environment, have fun and adventures together or establish long-lasting friendship and fully enjoy what the city's got to offer.

We believe that this service can be offered for free, and we need your participation and encouragement to make it happen.

If you are fond of our vision, welcome to join and check it out. Invite your friends who may be interested. We appreciate your supports, volunteering, and valuable inputs, but nothing is mandatory except for mutual respects to other members in the community.

Paul

Organizer

Upcoming events (5)

Paddle for Community

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Enjoy 2hrs of socially distanced paddle boarding in support of Community First! Village. 🏄🏿‍♀️ Community First! Village is a 51-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness. A development of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, this transformative residential program exists to love and serve its neighbors who have been living on the streets, while also empowering the surrounding community into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. Ruckify is sponsoring the event, and are donating $10 directly to CF!V for every participant that completes a booking. 📢HOW TO SIGN UP📢 Sign-up on Ruckify using code COMMUNITYFIRST for either: Session #1 for 10AM-12PM ➡️ https://bit.ly/3lOKyVJ Session#2 for 1PM-3PM ➡️ https://bit.ly/2HbyrTS

INDIA - The Golden Triangle with a Free stopover in DUBAI. A Transformative Trip

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

9 DAYS FULL OF LIFE, JOY, POSITIVITY, MEDITATION, ENJOYMENT, EXCITEMENT, HIGH VIBRATION, BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS AND…THE SECRET OF SUCCESS I took this trip 3 years ago (yep...that's me on the pics there :) and I had a truly transforming experience! Now I would like to share it with friends and likeminded people. This is an unique all-inclusive land tour which takes you to the most exotic locations of India like Taj Mahal, Delhi, Jaipur and ... you get a free 3-night stay in Dubai! This is not your usual touristy stuff though! Along with the full enjoyment of touring you will learn ways to change your life and master the world’s easiest & most effective system of success. As rightly said by T. Harv Eker: “If you want to change the fruit, you have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you have to change the invisible.” This Trip will help you unlock the power of your brain and will bring a massive change in your life. WHAT YOU WILL GET: In India: ✓ Tour to the charismatic Golden Triangle i.e. Delhi, Taj Mahal, Jaipur. ✓ 7 days stay in Elegant 5-star hotels with modern facilities. ✓ Daily Lavish Buffet Breakfast at hotels. ✓ Fresh & Lip-Smacking delectable variety of Indian cuisine at Lunch & dinner. ✓ Travel by comfortable, safe, modern, air-conditioned transport. ✓ Entry tickets to all monuments to avoid standing in long queue. ✓ Experienced, Knowledgeable, Friendly English-speaking guides. ✓ Fulfilled Cycle rickshaw ride in the local bazaars in Delhi. ✓ Meditation Session(s) to relax your mind and remove all the stresses. ✓ Workshop(s) & special session(s) to secret success mantra. In Dubai: ✓ Meet & assist at the airport ✓ 03 Nights’ accommodation in 4* hotels ✓ 3 breakfasts & 2 dinners ✓ Dhow Cruise ✓ Desert Safari ✓ Half Dubai City Tour ✓ All taxes, driver allowances, parking etc. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: ✓ Apply the money rules the rich and successful people use to accelerate their wealth. ✓ Understand how - and why - people are programmed for success, mediocrity, or failure. ✓ Reset your "Financial Blueprint" to a higher level of wealth and achievement. ✓ Master how to improve your relationships & health. ✓ Learn how to eliminate stress & anxiety through meditation. * The meditation & Transformative sessions are not related to any religion or spirituality. The transformative sessions establish right level of thinking & actions that guarantee success. Price per person $1299 if sharing a room. If you don't have a travel buddy, we offer share match. Single supplement $599. Airfare is not included, but I do have contracted fares. Message for a quote.

Everest Base Camp!!!! Nepal Trip!!! OMG your bucket list fulfilled!

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

This is definitely a bucket list type adventure. It is also tempered with safety and do-ability. This event embodies adventure and the romance of traveling to far off places. First of all, . . . this is NOT going up to the top of Everest (29,000). This is going to Everest Base Camp (17,600) also called EBC. Our starting elevation will be in Lukla at 9,400'. With all that said . . . this is VERY doable at any age. You do not need to be a marathon runner. The truth is if you can manage walking 3-6 hours a day, up and down a hill, while carrying a light pack, you will be OK! Professional guides and Porters to carry your gear are included. All that is left for you to carry is your water, snacks and camera. But I don't have the needed gear?! Our trip includes providing you with a North Face sleeping bag and parka, rated to -4F. As well as walking poles. So you don't have to buy them or pack in your suitcase. Does this include food? Yes. This includes meals. What is lodging like? Are we sleeping in tents? No. We are sleeping in a series of "Tea Houses" along the route. You will have bed in a shared room with roommate (from the group). Sorry, a solo room will not be available on this trip. We will pair up everybody. What if I get sick or hurt. By the way . . . how dangerous is this? This is NOT the summiting Everest with people dying from bad choices. We will be walking on an established, well used trail the entire time, and NOT on snow or ice. Stats from past years show that 30,000 people a year do the EBC trek. With all that said, . . . Our trip INCLUDES emergency insurance. For instance: this will cover a helicopter if needed. Plain and simple, safety is our primary goal. We will have an experienced guide and porters, and Anna and I will be along the entire way too. OK. How much does this cost? 15 days for ONLY $2,290 Air is to and from Kathmandu is not included so you can find the best flight, OR if you wish to use miles, OR if you wish to upgrade your flight Refundable Deposit of $250 to hold your place by Jan 15th. Balance due by Feb 18th There is not enough room on meetup to post the full detailed day to day itinerary. More is available upon request If you have any questions call 8I8 52I 48I9, or RSVP, or PM or post a comment. Apr 18th Depart 6:30PM Apr 19th Flight time across time zones Apr 20th Arrival in Kathmandu 10:30 AM(4,377') Night at hotel Apr 21st Scenic flight to Lukla (9,383')(45 minutes) and trek to Phakding (8700/4-5 hrs/5mi Apr 22nd Trek to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi) Apr 23rd Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Syanboche (12,575') Apr 24th Trek to Tengboche (12,664'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi) Apr 25th Trek to Dingboche (14,469'/5-6 hrs/5mi) Apr 26th Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Nagarjun Hills (16,676'/2 hrs) Apr 27th Trek to Lobuche (16,207'/ 5-6 hrs trekking/4.4mi) Apr 28th Lobuche to Gorakshep (16,942')- Everest Base Camp (17,600') (Everest summit is 29,029') and trek back to Gorakshep (7-8 hrs/9.3mi) Apr 29th Gorakshep to Kalapathar (18,514') and trek to Pheriche (14,340'/ 6-7 hrs/9.3mi) Apr 30th Trek back to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/9.3mi) May 1st Trek to Lukla (9,383'/6-7 hrs trek/5.6mi) May 2nd Scenic Flight back to Kathmandu (45 minutes flight). Last minute shopping May 3rd Contingency Day May 4th Drive to Kathmandu airport (20-30 minutes’ drive) and fly back to the home. May 5 Arrive LAX Apprx 5PM This is the adventure of a lifetime. It is done in a safe manner and includes lots with no surprises. For a compete list of what is included, and what is not included AND/OR for a Detailed Daily Itinerary and detailed packing list: RSVP, PM or post in the comments. Note correct end date May 5th not May 1st. Meetup limits event posts 14 days max https://tr.im/MoreToExplore

St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow Wieliczka: Epic Eastern Train Adventure!!!

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Let's make a plan to get out of town and Meetup!! This trip is an AMAZING Eastern European journey. It has all the best elements. The basic thumbnails are St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow and Wieliczka. We will be visiting at the top of summer - a time called "White Nights" The sun never really sets. It's amazing!!! Add to this: We will be taking Night Trains from St Petersburg to Moscow and then from Moscow to Warsaw. This brings in the romance train travel of a bygone era. We start in St Petersburg. A city dripping with history. First of all . . .there is the Hermitage. And there is the rest of the amazing city too (rsvp or message us to find out city options) After our time in St Petersburg we travel by night train to Moscow. In Moscow we will have two full days to soak in the city with guided tours. (rsvp or message us to find out city specifics) After our fill of Moscow we make our way by Night Train to Warsaw. If you don't know much about Warsaw . . . you will, after we get there. It is truly a historic city. (rsvp or message us to find out city options) We continue to Krakow. This may very well be the gem of the entire trip. From Krakow we do take a day trip to Wieliczka. This is NOT to be missed. Here are links that give a small taste of each place "White Nights https://tr.im/WhiteNightsVid St Petersburg https://tr.im/StPetersburgVid Moscow https://tr.im/MoscowVid (this underplays what is there) Karkow https://tr.im/KrakowVid1 and https://tr.im/KrakowVid2 Warsaw https://tr.im/WarsawVid Wieliczka https://tr.im/WieliczkaVid Itinerary Day 0 Jun 17 Departure to St Petersburg Day 1 Jun 18 Arrival. Sit down kickoff dinner (included) Hotel Petro Palace Day 2 Jun 19 First day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Lunch Included in tour. Hotel Petro Palace Day 3 Jun 20 Second day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Night Train St Pete/Moscow Day 4 Jun 21 Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Sit down dinner (included) Hotel Metropol Moscow Day 5 Jun 22 Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Night Train Moscow/Warsaw Day 6 Jun 23 Warsaw Hop-on, Hop-off Tour. Sit down dinner (included) Hotel Bellotto Day 7 Jun 24 Day at leisure to explore (night in) Hotel Bellotto Day 8 Jun 25 Warsaw to Krakow with sightseeing on the way. Extra stop Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, home to the Black Madonna painting. Metropolitan Boutique Hotel Day 9, Jun 26 Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow (Lunch included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel Day 10 Jun 27 Farewell Dinner (included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel Day 11 Jun 28 Flight Home Add to all of this . . . we will be staying in 5 star hotels that are in the heart of the city and in the center of all the sights and culture. Hotels St Petersbug https://tr.im/StPetersburgHotel Moscow https://tr.im/MoscowHotel Warsaw https://tr.im/WarsawHotel1 or https://tr.im/WarsawHotel2 Krakow https://tr.im/KrakowHotel This event is cross-posted to several like-minded groups. The main group coordinating is https://tr.im/MoreToExplore Total cost is $2,990. Per person, Double Occupancy. We will provide roommate matching. Solo Room supplement is $1,100 (if you want the hotel room and train cabin to yourself) Round trip air is not included. This is the "land" portion cost. Deposit of $500.00 to secure your place ASAP. Deposit refundable up to 90 days prior to departure. Balance due no later than April 17, 2020. We will walk you thru obtaining a Russian Visa. There is an additional cost. Here are other upcoming events: May 15 Ensenada Weekend Cruise https://tr.im/Ensenada Apr 18 Everest Base Camp https://tr.im/BaseCampEverest Sep 18 Meetup on The Orient Express Paris, Venice, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul https://tr.im/OrientExpress2020 May 8 Sequoia National Park https://tr.im/SequoiaCamping May 22 Yosemite Memorial Day Weekend https://tr.im/YosemiteCamping Jul 2 July 4th Weekend: Big Pine Lakes https://tr.im/July4thCamping

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