My Atlanta Trip Part 1 of 3

 

If you know anything about me, you’ll know I have a quirky side. So, when I YouTube’d things to do in Atlanta, visiting Ponce City Market was one of them. Though it was a last-minute visit, I wanted to see what this all in one place had to offer. From clothes stores, to bars, restaurants and the ‘how it all works’ 4th floor I stumbled on, only to realize I didn’t have a card to swipe into work. Ponce City Market gave me a vintage – slightly upmarket feel.

 

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There is something for everyone

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The city market has both family vibe, and a place if you want to just chill or hang out with friends. One thing to bear in mind are the restaurants/bar areas, which was really crowded. The Food Hall in general, is busy and you’ll be lucky to get a seat. However, we are in summertime and with Atlanta being hot, it’s likely to gain more crowds.

 

 

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Californian Hot Dog as recommended by the waiter!

 

 

 

I also imagined it to be -one of the less touristic things to see, on my to do list. Either way, you can splash out or watch the world go by, on the park benches outside.

 

 

 

I took my search seriously when looking for the top things to do in Atlanta. Though I’m staying with family…well, we’ve all been guilty of not seeing what’s under our nose in our hometown, so i had to make sure!

World of Coca Cola was a re-occurring theme that caught my eye. I had no idea that what I drink from time to time, was birthed in Atlanta. Knowing that the next time I drink Coke, Fanta or Sprite (favourite of mine), I can say I was where it all began and tried, I did try, and taste up to the 100+  flavours from around the world!

 

 

 

I still can’t get over the belvedere taste in fact Europe, surprised me! All is well, as South East Asia won the race, Africa didn’t do bad too. I still think about that belvedere taste, and it’s probably a good thing I don’t remember the other neighbouring countries within the continent. So, I’m taking this Coke thing a little seriously, but you’ll be surprised…and you had to have been there. Overall, Germany’s Coke beverage was nice and Japan without a doubt, was the best. Always the first in everything. Thailand gets a thumbs up too! So now that we’ve got the flavours out the way.

 

What is this secret formula?

 

 

 

Well, if we knew, then Coke wouldn’t be what it is today and that’s what makes the USA so great. However your celebrating do it well, and Happy Independence Day!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Things I Have Learned Through Travelling

 

As of lately, I’ve been on a bit of a mission. One of them, is to tick off – the bucket list of places I’ve always wanted to visit. Okay, so I’ve got a bit of a fascination with the States and I’m currently in Atlanta! In my next blog, I’ll be getting into what I’ve gotten up to so far, and what the ATL has to offer.  (For those of you that travel or are new to this world of adventure, you may be familiar with a few things in this list either or…you heard it here first!

 5 things I have learned through travelling

 

1) Have an open mind.

If you don’t, you could end up getting frustrated over things you would otherwise overlook, within your hometown. It’s not about compromising who you are but having a little patience. This goes a long way, into having a fruitful experience.

2) I’m an ambassador for my country.

Whenever I visit a new country, people often tell me how they would love to visit London/the UK. I know its cold majority of the time, and I also know I’m not the only one that finds after being in a country majority of your life, things can get a little boring. However, the excitement I see in people’s faces lets me know, I can be –am, a great ambassador for my country. So with casual ”Hello’s” and informal introductions out of the way; ”Excuse me”? Think, selling point. High-time I get paid for it too!

 

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3) Self-Love

Ever heard of the saying ”it’s not you, it’s me.” Well if you’re new to a country, whether visiting or relocating and the odd person doesn’t immediately gravitate towards you, then fret not. They’re just as curious as you were; trying to explore that hidden gem of a market you heard about from your friend’s trip to morocco. Sometimes. So just swap that -timeless old saying around, the next time you see prying eyes. Really, ”It’s not me, it’s you.’’ 😊

4) I’m posh, and no amount of cockney slang in my ”and scene” moments, is going to change that.

5) You can make lifelong connections through travelling.

I have met many kinds of people, some in which I am still in contact with. Whether it’s through a mutual contact, being on summer break, work-related travel or simply through conversation in a social gathering; don’t be afraid to talk to people. Observe your surroundings (as a safety tip), now take the floor. At least, one person.

 

 

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