some last words from Georgia

well, it’s been a whirlwind of interesting times in Athens, Georgia. i’ve met some great folks, eaten some amazing food, seen a really fascinating talk/performance, and just generally enjoyed the vibe here. i’m off to Buenos Aires this afternoon, so here are some final shots of my experience of Athens. besos y’all.Image

Chris and I had an amazing meal at ‘Taste of India’, which i highly recommend.

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Now, I saw this place on my arrival in Athens, and I have to admit the sign left me a bit gob-smacked. None of the good southern folks I met seemed to think it was, well, odd, so Chris and discussed the fact that a Canadian referring to a Jew would most probably be understood as a pejorative term. This was the first of my experiences of cultural difference. Then, we found this sign on a walk through Dudley Park…

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So, I guess really, it’s all about balance. 

I spent part of my last day getting a sexy new haircut to be ready for the next adventure. If you’re in Athens and need some stylin’ magic, definitely visit Republic Salon. (http://www.republicsalon.com) Carmen worked her magic. tada! 

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The next pics are of my last night in Athens, hanging out with Chris and Adron. We drank (I had 2 espresso martinis!), discussed the state of performance, the current woes of academia, and just generally solved the problems of the Western world until 2 in the morning. 

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This is the funkiest bar, called Manhattan’s. Well worth the visit, if you’re into really random, interesting visuals. It gets really crowded on the weekends (lots of students and frat kids trying to be cool), but this was a Tuesday, so it had a very chill vibe. Here’s more…

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Bobby, the amazing bartender, was one of the karaoke regulars at Go Bar a few nights before. He has proved himself worthy in both contexts 🙂

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…and gradually our conversation moved outside in the mild Georgia night. Thanks for the lovely times, Athens. 

 

 

another Georgia morning (afternoon)

Well, the weather here has been really variable – yesterday was sunny and 14C, and today is hovering around 5C, with grey skies that hold the threat of icy rain. Georgia keeps changing, as if to see if i’m paying attention. god knows, i’m trying to be attentive and not miss the possibilities. karaoke last night was an interesting time. the locals take their karaoke seriously, with varying degrees of success.

other things i’ve found amusing: there are stores called ‘package stores’ that sell booze and cigarettes. hm. i can’t help wondering if they know the double meaning of ‘package’ in a queer context. probably not. here’ proof of their existence.Image

i’m not sure if colour has any significance to the ‘package’

then, we have this directive. seems a little harsh to me, especially in relation to the previous pic. thoughts?

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well, i will go continue recovering from karaoke. keep warm y’all, especially my northern friends.

besos

Ruminations

“Travel holds the magical possibility of reinvention: that you might find a place you love, to begin a new life and never go home” (Ghost Train to the Eastern Starqtd. in Paul Theroux’s The Tao of Travel, 2011).

I just finished reading Theroux’s book last night, so I’m feeling a bit philosophical today. After a very satisfying day yesterday hanging with my friend Chris, here in Athens, GA, we went to a pub called the Globe and met a couple of his friends. It was pretty chill, being the Sunday evening of a long weekend; happy MLK Day y’all!

While chatting about everything from the differences between American and Canadian politics, to theatre, to the joys and frustrations of academic life, I remarked at one point in reference to my purpose in traveling now that I think I’ve got at least one reinvention left in me. It reminded me of Theroux’s book. Thanks Roy, Adron – and of course, Chris – for a very lovely, low-key time at the pub. Part of the joy of travel for me is meeting people along the way. So far, it’s working :).

Prior to our pub outing, Chris and I spent some time in the afternoon at the Georgia State Botanical Gardens, which was just a little bit of heaven – especially for a Canadian recently arrived from the land of snow and cold. I gloried in the mild, sunny weather. Even though it’s off-season for most of the flora, there was still enough new growth and smells emanating from the earth to make for sensory euphoria. The camellias especially were stunning. By far, the best part of the gardens was the conservatory, with its bounty of non-native plants. So, here are just a few pics of that adventure. Enjoy.

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I particularly love the afternoon light in this photo.

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I have a particular fondness for images where the perspective moves up.

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Chris and I chillin’ at the end of our wanderings. Good day well spent.

hasta pronto.

 

Exploring Georgia

well, now that it’s not raining like the end of the world, I got to wander about Athens today. it’s like a lot of college towns, with some picturesque small-town features and a lot of pubs. strange combo, but it works for the folks here. my buddy Chris tells me that Georgia drivers are crazy, and he just might be right. however, the folks i’ve run into (not literally) so far have been very pleasant. we ventured out long enough yesterday to make a run to Waffle House. now that’s an experience! my first picture is of our lunch/breakfast. Jen W approved, so i’m happy with that. Terry, i’m afraid there is less than nothing you could eat in there. i loved it! 

 

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so today, with the sun out, i took a ramble through a lovely park and wandered through the downtown. found a great coffee roastery on my way. must take a pic of the place tomorrow.  i’m still working on downsizing what i’m carrying with me. and for that reason i did not buy shoes today. well done, i’d say. as i get more accustomed to blogging i’m going to try to make this more engaging, so bear with me for now. meantime, here are some images of today’s sauntering.ImageImageImage

 

i love this one; it’s in the middle of a river. Image

 

this is the view from Chris’s couch. i’m a fan of the afternoon nap.

 

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Thea kitty and friend. 

besos y abrazos,

jc

 

next stop, Atlanta!

so, i made it out of the wilds of Nova Scotia. i’m back online, thankfully, and getting ready to head to Atlanta at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning. it was good to see friends in NS, and as always, visits with my father have a Beckettian flavour. I have a burning question for anyone who can answer it: why do television evangelists all SHOUT? 

counting the days to wednesday

ok, so the suitcase is packed (and will be repacked numerous times yet). thank you ottawa for many memories (some of which are better than others). heading out for the start of the adventure on january 9th. halifax-atlanta-buenos aires-london-stockholm-barcelona-yet to be determined! stories await…hasta luego