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Atlanta, take two

Because it's just that damn wonderful

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Today started out as every good day should, with coffee. We then joined our fantastic friend Avrumi for more coffee at the Cafe Intermezzo that offers so many coffee choices, I may have ignored my wonderful friends and instead spent some quality time with a beautiful cup of coffee that had Dutch chocolate and other stuff and it was just so amazing. Anyway I digress. This blog is not about my love for coffee and chocolate. Perhaps I will start a blog of that nature after my travels are over.

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We then headed over to the Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum which was quite the experience. It really makes you think about stuff. They offer a very informative and interactive history of the civil rights movement and about human rights. Check it out here it's really cool. (http://www.civilandhumanrights.org/)

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We then got back home and pried Aviva away from the game she was watching (I think it was soccer, Sweden against Nigeria. I'm learning so much about sports from my short stay in Atlanta) and we headed to the farmers market where I spent way too much money and bought fancy rose petal jam that I'm very excited to try.

The day ended with a wonderful dinner at Fuego Mundo where we met up with the Pearls and spent some really nice time together. Good food, good company. It was really wonderful. Lani Pearl made us chocolate chip cookies to take along on our travels, she is amazing, I know. They tried to convince us to cancel the rest of our trip and just stay here in Atlanta which is tempting because everyone here is so freaking nice but we promised y'all that we will do 48 states in 48 days so alas, we must continue on to Alabama tomorrow. Aviva is in the living room yelling at the TV screen and sounding really excited about the game she's watching so I'm going to go join her and see what all the excitement is about (I'm actually a little intrigued about sports. This trip is doing weird things to me. It must be the lack of sleep.)

Check back with us tomorrow for our Florida and Alabama adventures!

Posted by shari36 19:28 Archived in USA Tagged chocolate road_trip coffee atlanta lower_48 center_for_civil_and_human_righ rose_jam Comments (2)

ATL

The gateway to the South

sunny 80 °F

I'm sitting at the Summers' kitchen table, hoping my laptop doesn't decide that wifi is an unacceptable form of internet. Shari's in the back yard, relaxing in the grass. There's a constant stream of birds fluttering to the feeders and the air is cooling as the sun sets westward. I'm loving Atlanta. We've met so many warm, genial people. A huge thanks to the Pearl family, who hosted us for Shabbat.
Today introduced us to MARTA, the Atlanta area public transit. Using MARTA really was a breeze. I sketched people on the train in a little pad of post-it notes. Post-its make for a very efficient travel sketch book.
Aviva is a wonderful, thorough tour guide. We went to the Georgia Aquarium. We got in at 1:00pm and immediately set out into the different tanks. So much aquatic life. Fish, sharks, coral, whales, seals. Jelleh fish! They have a giant viewing tank, over 63' long.

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Mesmerizing. We saw whale sharks and manta rays. Shari and Aviva get very excited about bright pink tropical fish. We all get very excited about everything.

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Penguins, otters (different sizes for different bodies of water), beluga whales. Beluga whales are these huge creatures, a white bullet of muscle, blubber, and humor. I have a small stuffed one from when I was a kid, so seeing real live "Whale-Tails" (<-- I know, very creative name for a toy. I was two.) was awesome. Three Belugas share a tank. A baby had been born this May, but passed away this past Friday, which cast a somber feeling over seeing the Belugas for me.

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After, we walk through downtown Atlanta, past the 1996 Olympic Park. Aviva takes one for the team and explains what the Olympics are to Shari. And then tries to explain the difference between soccer in the Olympics and the World Cup. The air is hot, humid. We take MARTA back to the Doraville station and head back to Aviva's.
All in all, a wonderful day. The weather was pleasant, which isn't anything to snub, given that last week around this time we were experiencing heavy rainfall and about 15 flash flood warnings per day. We have one more day in Atlanta and then we're going to pass through this gateway and into the South.

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Posted by MiriG 17:28 Archived in USA Tagged fish road_trip whales sharks georgia aquarium atlanta rays lower_48 atl Comments (0)

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