Well, first off, we never would have gone someplace like Atlanta if we didn't have a semi-urgent reason to. For this trip, that reason was attendance at the National History Bee, in which my brother competed and scored in the top 20 out of 400 students. It was decided that afterwards we would just burn the rest of the week seeing everything Atlanta had to offer.
The trip to Atlanta makes Georgia the eighth state already that I have visited. I am on a roll...:)
The following is a day-by-day rundown, with photos, of the trip.

Friday, May 31st
On this day we traveled all day, reaching Atlanta around 2:00, I think. The Atlanta airport is the biggest one we've been in yet. Our baggage claim was a mile from the terminal, and the car lot was long after that. We're all tired.

Saturday, June 1st
Now, the real reason we went was so my brother (foreground) could compete in a smartness contest. He finished about as well as we expected. We never outside the hotel the entire day. and spent all afternoon in the basement levels.

Sunday, June 2nd
Ate the "world's best burger" after waiting two hours. Agreed that it was not as good as one made 15 minutes from our house... Yes, we waited two hours, and we all said it was second best. It was a great burger though. (Holman & Finche's Public House. The burger is so popular there is a line all day.)

Monday, June 3rd

Yes, there's actually a museum of all things Coca-Cola. Need I say more?
This room is filled with Continent-themed dispensers that offer every flavor Coke makes. There are more than 60. My favorite was the mint tea from Djibouti, Africa, and the Inca from Peru. But I don't actually like original Coke...
And there's more...Immediately after surviving that tasting room, we moved on to the biggest and best aquarium ever, right next door...
It's Dr. Ray from Finding Nemo!
I found Dory!
We had the great fortune to visit during feeding time, so all the exhibits were at their most active. We spent ten minutes watching the otters chase down every shrimp and then try desperately to break a rubber toy. It was a blast. (I know these aren't the best pics. Darn picture scanner...)

Tuesday, June 4th
We went to a Braves game! We are big baseball fans, and as such, we buy into the 30 park quest (Fans of American sports consider it the ultimate achievement to attend a game in every stadium. Do Australians do that?)Turner field is the 6th park we have made it to during various vacations. The game ended as a Braves victory in 10 innings. I'm amazed that people will do the tomohawk chop so often...

Wednesday, June 5th
I think this was the night we drove 20 miles to eat at a Waffle House. Waffle House is a small-scale regional competitor to  IHOP, and there's one every few miles. We actually missed three while trying to hit an exit. Checklist: Eat at a Waffle House. Done.
Thursday, June 6th

Our last full day was spent in Stone Mountain park, one of Georgia's biggest attractions. So there's this huge rock...It's kind of like the one in Austrailia. this one is the world's largest piece of exposed granite. The highlight of the day was an impressive laser light show that was projected on to the rock. It was all americana and patriotism, with a healthy dash of "how many things can we do to the rock" i.e. blowing it up w/ CG dynamite.
Friday June 7th 
We left fairly late to catch our flight, and we were ready in plenty of time. However, due to weather conditions in the South at the time, our departure was delayed a half hour out of the gate, and then shut down on the runway for half an hour. It was painful. What with all that, it was 1:00 in morning the next day by the time we got back to our house.



  1. Glad you enjoyed your trip to the great state of Georgia (assuming you enjoyed yourself).

    Congrats to your brother for being one of the best as well.

    I do not believe I have ever been to Holman & Finche's Public House but I have heard of it.

    Yeah, I am not a big fan of Coke, however I almost never drink soda period, so I drunk soda in the testing room than I had over the past year. It was fun though, I enjoyed all the historical exhibits and stuff.

    In the Coca-Cola museum do you remember trying the Italian soda "Beverly"? It is the WORST drink EVER MADE! It is horrible.

    Never underestimate how much we can tomohawk chop! How were the Braves playing that day? I can't recall off hand.

    I am not sure if I ever said anything about it, but awesome blogger signature, Lord of the Trivia.


    1. Oh sure we did. Everything was fun. Usually there's one thing I can't stand. We also spent time at the Atlanta History Center and the Natural history Museun, but I forget when...

      We all tried Beverly and hated it. I have no taste so I rated it highest at mediocre.

      I tried to photograph the scoreboard at the end, but it flashed off right away. The score was 5-4 and they were getting a lot of hits but left a ton of runners on. Your crash-and-burn guy at the time, B.J. Upton, got a tying HR.

      It was your idea.

  2. 'Fans of American sports consider it the ultimate achievement to attend a game in every stadium. Do Australians do that?)'
    Just wondering if you are asking me. :) I can't actually understand what you mean by this. Australia is big when it comes to cricket but we don't do baseball which in my opinion is very American. :P

    Yeah and the big rock you mentioned in Australia is called Ayers Rock or Uluru. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uluru
    One day I might finally go see it! :D
    Looks like you had a great time, that aquarium looked pretty cool!

    God Bless,

    1. Yeah sorry about that. I didn't say exactly what I was thinking, which is "is that quest mentality part of being American or is it universal? How many cricket teams are there in Australia anyway?
      BTw, Baseball is coming to Australia next year,as part of the plan to try and make it as popular as soccer and cricket...:D

  3. Yeah well it is very probable that there are as many teams in cricket as their are in baseball. I am not that big of a sport's fan though. I doubt it will succeed. It seems a lot like cricket anyway, from a person who is not into sport.

    I'd like to see American's vs. Australian's play cricket together. We'd win hands down! :D :P Sorry, just me being patriotic.

    God Bless,

  4. Going to a Coca-Cola Museum sounds like fun ☺
    and congrats to your Brother.