Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

We started for Atlanta shortly after 8:00. Mike drove the first few hours, then I took over and ended up driving for longer than planned. We were looking for a good place to eat lunch and we kept saying, “maybe there’ll be something at the next exit…” We finally stopped at a barbeque place in Macon and split a lunch plate. Then, on the road again. We arrived in Atlanta a little after 2:00, checked into our hotel, then rode the MARTA to downtown Atlanta to see the World of Coca Cola Museum. One of the things that amazed me most was that when Cokes were sold in soda fountains at the turn of the century, you got a 6-oz glass. Now, if you order a small size at McDonalds, you get twice that amount! No wonder Americans are so fat! After the museum we walked around a bunch of shops that are actually under the streets of Atlanta, appropriately named “The Underground.” We toured a small quilt museum that chronicled how the Underground Railroad used quilts to guide escaped slaves to freedom. Many of the quilts belonged to the lady who ran the museum, whose great-grandmother was a former slave. For dinner we went to Cheeseburger in Paradise, owned by Jimmy Buffet himself. So far I have enjoyed visiting Atlanta, but I don’t think I would want to live here! It’s just too many people! The train and bus system (The MARTA) has been interesting to ride. Guess I’m just not used to having to share personal space with so many people.

An ode to Coca-Cola by someone in Pakistan

Mike waiting to eat at Cheeseburger in Paradise

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