Trip Start Jun 26, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Georgia
Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Atlanta home of the 1996 Summer Olympic and the coca-cola museum. Unfortunately I am struggling to say anything too positive about this city. I arrived in the early afternoon a couple hours later than planned after I missed my connecting Greyhound bus due to it being overbooked. Not a good start however being asked for money from 6 different beggars within the first two minutes of leaving the bus station was unnerving and for the first time I felt very unsafe in an American city.

I like to say things got better but in fact I am confused why I stayed in Atlanta for 2 nights. The hostel '?Woodruff? Inn' was originally a brothel with its heart shaped welcome sign and was a big disappointment especially as they charge for WiFi and the dorm was a disgrace. The blankets were an awkward shape (approx 70cm by 170cm) and the broken window meant, I and other guests had to endure a very cold night (4 or 5 degrees Celcius) with no signs of an apology.

Even on the way back to the Greyhound station, I was almost run over by a car turning right at a fast speed while I was crossing, only missing me by inches, however there were a few good things to do here.

1. The CocaCola Museum. Costing $15 dollars entrance fee you get a idea of who important branding was to CocaCola back in the 20th Century, see a good 4D movie and at the end you can try 63 different types of sodas from all round the world. This is a challenge in itself but after a while you feel quite sick on a sugar high.

2. The Westin Hotel. A good place to go for a drink on the observation deck, 72 floors high. I got a very good view of the sunset here although there is a catch you must spend $8 at the bar to come up here.

I was looking forward to having a swim at the Olympic pool, but like most American cities the swimming pool is privately owned and is only available to students at Georgia University. But that is to be expected as most of the funding for the Olympic came mostly from company investments and not from the public taxes. Still I can't dwell on this bad experience, lets pack my bag and move onto the next destination - New Orleans.
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