At Lanta

Trip Start Jun 20, 2009
Trip End Aug 03, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Georgia
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I managed to sleep well last night, although woke up before my alarm at 9am. I planned to walk along Peachtree street to find somewhere for breakfast. A man saw me walking and started to ask me what I was looking for. He was a fairly dodgy looking African American man and it is hard to get the stereotype out of your head particularly given that the only exposure I've had to badly dressed African American men is from TV shows where they are more or less the trouble makers. He said he could show me some places and then said he had some good Australian friend. I then asked him where in Australia they were from and he said they didn’t tell him, which I thought was highly suspicious. I saw a sign for a mall and the guy says to me that it was down a set of escalators which was away from the main street with no signage on it. That was enough for me, I said thanks very much and took off.

The mall had mainly fast food junk, but I ordered an egg and cheese toasted sandwich for breakfast with apple juice. Was quite nice. The amount of fast food around here is incredible, it almost every 2nd store. Not only that but these stores sell things they claim is small, when in Australia it would be large. For instance I ordered a small coke for dinner and received a coke that was larger than a large coke you’d receive from McDonalds at home. The large size was literally a ice bucket sized coke. There’s really no wonder why everyone is so fat.

I banked my cheque and received $300 USD. Very nice, although the woman took ages to verify from the airline that it was a legitimate cheque and to determine that 'Melbun' was a real place.

After the mall I visited the Georgia Aquarium. This aquarium is the largest in the world and is controversial as it is one of the only ones with whales in it and in fact 2 of them died last year well before their life expectancy. This aquarium was pretty much designed for young kids, although was still interesting to see. They have sea animals from all over the globe, but all in all is only slightly bigger than the Melbourne Aquarium. The two animals the Georgia Aquarium doesn’t have are dolphins and penguins, both found at the Melbourne Aquarium.  The temperature walking back to the hotel was very warm and the humidity intense, so I had to have a lie down and rest before going out again.

I had initially thought that the Baseball was today, but I was luckily reminded by email that it is tomorrow. Instead I decided to take the MARTA train system to Buckhead to go and visit the bigger malls with Macy’s etc. They have an Apple Store there which was packed to the rafters, as people were lining up for the new iPhone. Otherwise the Lenox Square Mall was almost completely deserted. I got an American Simcard from the T-Mobile store and some socks from Macy’s (jeez my blog is fascinating isn’t it?). I have discovered that all stores here show the prices of things before tax, which is quite annoying when you are counting up the 1 cent coins to reach $1.79 only to discover that the real price is $2.04.

I think I’ll have a quiet night in as I plan to do quite a bit more tomorrow.

Here are some various snaps I took which are explained by the captions.
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