Atlanta 2002 - Laboring Trip On the Mind

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in front of World of Coca-Cola

I decided to go to Atlanta for Labor Day weekend. I've been to the airport there, just for layovers, but never got to see the city. When I met a couple people this past summer from there, I decided to visit Hotlanta. I would visit from August 30 to September 2, which was around the time when I had some issues to deal with (which I can't get into here). But it was enough to mess with my head big-time!

I would stay with some guys at their place, and this would be the last time that I did that. That was because the people living there, were very noisy all night long, and when asking them to keep it down, they just laughed at me. Plus I had ants crawling on me. Made me wish I stayed in a hostel or hotel instead, even if I had to pay for it.

with the Coca-Cola polar bear
Disgusting and rude! But there was a couple guys, who helped me out a lot more, and one of them, Justin, even showed me around the city.

I started the first few days without a car. I took MARTA into downtown, and walked around it. Starting in Underground Atlanta, which is a shopping mall underneath the streets. Then I went to CNN Studios for a scheduled tour. I reserved the tour time a few weeks ago, over the phone. It was okay, as I saw the different studios that made up CNN. I also saw Turner Field from afar, and went to Centennial Olympic Park. This park was where the bombing took place.

I would visit the World of Coca-Cola, a museum dedicated to the popular soft drink. I enjoyed the place very much, even though I am a Pepsi drinker. I saw one film, where it showed Coke being enjoyed all over the world, and another showing old commercials, which brought back some memories.
with Justin in Olympic Centennial Park
In the end, there were free tastings of different sodas from around the world. Some were good, while others were really bad!

I would pick up a car, which allowed me to see Stone Mountain, outside of Atlanta. I made the mistake of buying admission for everything, when I really had time for only one thing, which was Scenic Railroad. And that railroad ride was not so scenic. Towards the end, I saw the laser show, which was great.

I would visit the Sweet Auburn area, where Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site is located. The visit began at the visitor center, which also has a nice exhibition on racism. I got to visit King's Birth Home, which could only be seen on a guided tour, and met at Fire Station No. 6, about a block away. Worth it though, as tt was very interesting and informative.
in front of Martin Luther King Jr home
I also went to the King Center, which has an exhibition on King and his wife, plus Ghandi (who was a huge influence on King). Just outside, is the Reflecting Pool and his tomb.

I also went to the Atlanta History Center, which is a history museum on Atlanta. I did not get to see too much, other than the history part of the city. There were 2 historical homes to tour, but I had time for only 1. I chose the Swan House, but it was currently going through renovations, so all the period furniture were removed. This home was state of the art at the time. I did get a card, which allowed me to come back for a future visit at no charge. The only problem is that I don't know when the next time I will be in Atlanta.

I left Atlanta, and returned home. While the trip went okay, there are times when I thought that I should have not taken this trip, due to issues happening around me at the time, back home.

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in front of World of Coca-Cola
in front of World of Coca-Cola
with the Coca-Cola polar bear
with the Coca-Cola polar bear
with Justin in Olympic Centennial …
with Justin in Olympic Centennial…
in front of Martin Luther King Jr …
in front of Martin Luther King Jr…
in downtown
in downtown
in fountains at Centennial Olympic…
in fountains at Centennial Olympi…
in front of Reflecting Pool
in front of Reflecting Pool
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