I'm in Jasper, Georgia staying the some contacts made through the Roosevelt Scholarship and I've been made to feel incredibly welcome - all you hear about Southern hospitality is totally true. I arrived on Friday night sorry to leave Bentonville and North-West Arkansas but I've hardly stopped since so I've not had any time to feel sad about my trip nearly coming to an end.
I'm staying out in Jasper, Georgia which is about an hour from Atlanta and is the home of the Georgia Marble Company - I'm in a company town without even planning it! The marble from here was used to make the Lincoln Memorial which I'll be seeing in a few days. The trainline to and from the quarry runs just past the home where I'm staying and I can hear a train clicking past as I type this.
On Saturday we went to the annual Chomp and Stomp festival in Atlanta - a mixture of beer festival, running event, live music and lots and lots of chilli. We were able to sample a lot (a lot!) of chilli and I also tried some of the beers from Sweet Water Brewery from Atlanta - I can recommend the IPA in particular. It was a really warm and sunny day and I could have stayed from much longer, but we were on something of a packed schedule. I really liked the atmosphere in the neighbourhood that the festival was held - a place called Cabbagetown - it felt a bit like Sherwood in Nottingham: lots of independent businesses, people really engaged in their community and some great green spaces - the kind of place that I like to live!
|People enjoying the early Autumn sun|
|That is a lot of chilli that's been eaten!|
|A not very good picture of the carving. The white mound to the left is a man-made ski-run...|
|A pretty humble house, even for the 1930s.|
Tomorrow I'm meeting with Coca-Cola at the 'World of Coke' in downtown Atlanta - worried that my Diet Coke addiction might get out of hand once I'm left to roam freely in that place...