January 17th was the day that commemorates the life and work of Martin Luther King who was, as you may know, a prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. This is a national holiday, so I decided to go to Atlanta during the long weekend.
It was my first time in Atlanta, which is renowned for being the ‘cradle of the civil rights movements’.
I visited some friends there, with whom I went to several amazing places. Our first stop was the Ponce City Market, which I found very interesting in an architectural way. It is a mixed-use building located in a former Sears catalog facility, so it has a unique infrastructure where you could find restaurants, a food hall, boutiques, offices, and residential units.
From there we walked through the BeltLine, which is an outdoor space with walkways, trails, and parks. I found it impressive that it is a revitalization of 22-miles of unused railroad tracks that connects 45 neighbors of the city. While we were walking through the BeltLine, we found the actor Owen Wilson riding a bike! Of course, we ended up taking pictures with him.
On the second day, we went to the World of Coca Cola where I learned about its origins, amazing history and got to try a lot of different flavors of soda from different country’s. I drank Inca Kola, which is a Peruvian soda acquired by Coca-Cola.
After that, we went to the Aquarium, which is the second-largest in the world after the one in Dubai. I didn’t consider myself a big fan of aquariums until I entered this one. I would say that it is a must on your list if you visited Atlanta. Not only do you see impressive animal species, but also you learn a lot about sea life.
Finally, on the last day, we went to visit Emory University, where a friend of mine is studying. He gave us a tour around one of the most important universities in the country.
Being able to visit new places is one of the best opportunities of living in the US, so I’ll keep you updated on my next steps.