Another one of my overdue posts, this time about a little side trip I went on last month.
I visited Andrew, a friend from college, before I left the States for Manila. We drove (he drove is what really happened) to Atlanta for a little weekend trip. Walked around a lot and talked a lot and looked for Korean food in the cold.
I haven’t actually seen Drew in almost 5 years, and we’ve only started talking again when my internship started. Funny turn of events! It was very nice to have a friend to talk to about home (and being homesick!) during the whole time I was in the States. In Tagalog, for good measure. Paying him a little visit before I left was really the least I could do to say thank you for the virtual company.
It was storming when I left Jersey. Me and my lovely relationship with airports.
But it was so sunny in South Carolina. Unbelievable. I was in winter clothes.
The drive was 3 and something hours from SC to Atlanta.
Good morning, Atlanta. I had no idea whatsoever of what this city was like. We mostly winged it haha. Which was refreshing because it’s also a nice way to go about a vacation, just walking around and taking in whatever you stumble upon along the way without thinking about it too much.
I expected more people downtown but it seemed like nobody really likes to walk around there?
Hello hello hello.
Lots of street art in Atlanta. There were a ton more we weren’t able to visit.
I think this is a mockingbird?
Polar bear paw bedroom slippers in the Coke museum store!
Went to the Georgia Aquarium. It’s supposedly the biggest aquarium in America.
Albino alligator! What a beaut. On the drive home from Atlanta, Andrew and I were talking about an idea of having a wildlife reserve housing only albino animals.
sea stars in piles
the spectacular sea dragon
a coupla nerds
The biggest tank held 4 whale sharks. Before we went, I researched on how ethical this was, and why these creatures were in the aquarium in the first place. I’ve read that the whale sharks were on their way to being sold on the black market, to be slaughtered and sold as food. The whole operation was intercepted and the whale sharks were rescued and rehabilitated.
more nerds with squid hats we very much coveted
little friend bids us goodbye
Streetcar envy. I wish our public transportation system was this efficient, woe.
some guys carrying a little boombox, playing some music while walking around
Ended the first night with Korean food and a ton of cookies because that is what you eat on vacations, obviously.
Dropped by 209 Mitchell Street before leaving Atlanta to see this mural by Belgian street artist ROA. He paints animals that are endemic to the area.
obligatory and inevitable
Bye Atlanta, see ya later.
As I said, we mostly winged it. I opened the Atlanta map on the Google app, put as much stars to mark every place that seemed interesting, and then we tried to drop by them when we were in the area. Or at least something close to that happened. Also had help from On the Grid, which has curated a lot of other interesting non-touristy spots in different cities around the world.
Ah yes, fun times.
P.S. Hello Andrew, see ya later too.