Atlanta 2002 - Laboring Trip On the Mind
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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.
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.
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.
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.