I recently returned home to Maryland from Georgia. And boy was it an experience! I mean that in a good way!
I was told so many different things about Atlanta…
“You’ll never find a man there, everyone is gay and the DL culture is crazy!”
“It’s a close second to DC. You will love it!”
“You’re going to encounter racism – it’s right in your face.”
Sheesh! I didn’t know if I should be excited or scared. Never one to let other people’s opinions dictate what I do, I packed my leopard print suitcase and hit the road anyway.
And my oh my, I definitely noticed some things…
Higher speed limits. This was one of the things that I treasured most about my trip. Is that bad? Highway speeds were 70 MPH pretty much everywhere. In the DMV (DC, MD, VA if you’re unfamiliar with the lingo), it’s generally 55 MPH.
Drivers are less aggressive. People actually let other drivers merge. The DMV has kind of conditioned me to believe that this is a foreign act.
Traffic is smoother. I was given SO many complaints about GA traffic. From my experience, it’s not as bad as what I have to deal with in the DMV.
Celebrities are touchable. Well at least the one I saw – Momma Dee from Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. She didn’t have an entourage of people with her. She seriously was just walking through the mall carrying her own bags, giving out hugs and taking photos with people, including me!
People are friendlier. No surprise here. Southern hospitality is really a thing! And don’t even get me started on that adorable southern drawl. I need to practice it.
White people discipline their children…in public. Hey now, don’t judge me! I’m so not used to this. Where I’m from, they use leashes (yes literally) to control their children – and it doesn’t work. In GA, they make threats in convincing voices. I was in Target picking out light bulbs when the distinguished looking man right beside me said to his child “You want to come in here and act up?! Don’t make me slap you in this store.” After picking out his light bulbs he said, “Let’s go!” He started to walk away…and to my amazement, his children listened and followed. Bravo sir, bravo.
Overall, Atlanta seems like a good place to be for young movers and shakers. I met some pretty cool people and am excited to spread my wings there.
What do you first notice when visiting a new area? I’d love to hear about your traveling experiences!
*Disclaimer: I do NOT condone child abuse of any kind. I also love and respect people of all races.