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Austin is in the midst of a cultural renaissance. The city has become an important centre for music- and film-making, as well as a foodie destination. At the same time, tech companies have migrated into the area, turning the city into Texas' answer to Silicon Valley. For the moment, Austin retains a bit of its former small-town vibe, but a quick scan of the downtown skyline will let you know those days are numbered. Despite all its recent the changes, Austin is still an extraordinarily open and welcoming place—a city where you're not only allowed but expected to be yourself, in all your quirky glory.