Trip Start Apr 30, 2013
31Trip End Mar 01, 2014
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So I chose Atlanta for my next destination. It was the natural choice really, seeing as I was heading North anyway and I had friends (Sara and Jerimi) who were willing to put me up. I was pretty tired from being a big kid in Orlando so I relished the chance to chill out in an actual
I should stop shouting...I seem to shout a lot on this blog. I’ve calmed down now.
For the first couple of days I did bugger all really, which followers of Trystan will also know is a favourite pastime of his. It seems I’m speaking in third person now…my old creative writing tutor would be appalled if he was to read this, which he won’t unless one of you is sick enough to send it to him. Back on topic though, and I ventured out to Atlanta twice during my week. The first time I wandered around for a bit and realised just how big Atlanta was; high rise everywhere, which of course you expect over here, but it had an almost Manhattan like feel to it. After taking some pictures of buildings that I’ll probably delete because they never look as good on camera as they do in real life, I found a bar down a side street and bought lots of beer. Not all at once mind, I did it the normal way (one after the other if you weren’t sure) and was later joined by Jerimi who was supposed be pick me up and take me home but ended up giving me a tour of his favourite bars in Atlanta. We didn’t get in till around half five in the morning; Sara wasn’t too pleased with Jerimi…
The second time I went into the city I actually did some cultural stuff…sort of. By some miracle I actually managed to find my way to somewhere I was going, which was the Olympic Park. There wasn’t much there to be honest, except a fountain that I remember seeing on TV when Atlanta staged the Olympics in 1996. I then went on the 'World of Coke’ tour, which I thought would get me unbelievably high but it turned out they were talking about the soda drink (Coca Cola was founded in Atlanta in 1886, I learnt). I got to sample around 60 different Coca Cola products, which I think may have permanently damaged my bladder.
Jerimi let me tag along with him to work a couple of times, which was interesting. He’s a roofer, which meant I got to see a lot of the surrounding neighborhoods of Georgia as we went around
On to pastures new
So it was time to leave Atlanta. I was extremely grateful for Sara and Jerimi’s hospitality, especially the way I’d been fed! Actually might have smashed out a ‘5 a day’ for the first time since I’ve been here, news that’ll please my Mum no end. Next up on my Northward trek is Nashville. Now, in my last blog update I mentioned ‘two girls’ and a ‘proposal’ so I suppose I should elaborate. Whilst in Orlando I met two Australian girls in the hostel who were doing something similar to me, however they were planning to hire a campervan and travel all the way across to San Francisco in the next couple of weeks. The van they’ve hired sleeps three, so you can probably see where this is going…yep, they’ve invited me along! I’ll be meeting up with them again in Nashville, and from there we’ll be travelling the 2300 miles together in the beast you see to the right. It means I won’t get to go to Chicago and a couple of other places on this side of the States, but when two Aussie’s invite you along for a road trip, there was only ever going to be one answer!
To view my Atlanta album, click here