My most recent experience and newest recommendation is the Van Gogh Immersive Experience that has been popping up around the country. This exhibit is the latest way to showcase art with the main event being a giant room where the walls are covered in projections in order to make you feel like part of the painting.
After learning that it was coming to Atlanta, I immediately bought tickets. Not really knowing what to expect, I was a little worried that the tickets I just paid for were not going to be worth it. Is sitting in a room full of projectors really going to be all that great? Well, after a long wait, it was finally my turn to go, and it was even more than I expected it to be.
Here is what the experience had to offer:
In 2019, I was a second semester college freshman near Atlanta, and that same year, the Super Bowl happened to be coming to the ATL as well. While I thought this was a super neat coincidence and knew I would enjoy the experience, I had no intentions of spending that much money on a ticket. Like I said, I was a college freshman. If I had thousands of dollars laying around that I could use on a Super Bowl ticket, I would not have had to take out a loan for school.
However, I did end up getting to go for free, and this is the story of how:
A Quick Memphis Trip
One night at around 10 pm, my roommate and I were sitting around our dining room table talking about our work schedules when we realized we both had the next few days off. One of us suggested we spontaneously go on a little trip, and since I had a friend living in Memphis, Tennessee I figured that would be a pretty good choice. Neither of us had been to Memphis before or really given it much thought, but a free place to stay is a free place to stay. I quickly texted my friend to ask if he’d be okay with us staying with him on such short notice and thankfully he was. When I say this was a spontaneous trip, I mean we left right then and there. We started our 6 hour drive from Kennesaw to Memphis at 11 pm and got there at 4 am. I have to say both my roommate and my friend in Memphis are All Stars for allowing this trip to happen so late at night.
Here is what we did while we were there:
Gatlinburg with Friends
For years I assumed that for my 21st birthday, I would go to bars, get my first legal drinks paid for by friendly strangers, and party until I literally couldn't party anymore. That is what you're supposed to do right? Well cue the record scratch noise that they play in teen movies when things start to go wrong because along came Covid-19. Suddenly, my 21st birthday was far less exciting for me to look forward to. What can I possibly do to celebrate such a big milestone birthday when I am not even allowed to be around people?
Eventually, I came up with an idea. I would wait a little while and celebrate my birthday late. I wouldn't go out to the bars but would rather take a trip with my closest friends to Gatlinburg where we can hide away in a cabin in the mountains and party together. It turns out that this was far more fun than I can imagine any bar would have been.
Here's how it went:
New York City can be a pretty expensive trip. Depending on where you are coming from and how much you like to spend on your trips, you might already be spending more than you would like to just to get there and have a place to lay your head at night. Thankfully, New York has plenty of things to do when you get tired of opening your wallet.
How Not to Hike Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain located in Atlanta, Georgia is a famous (and controversial) mountain with a great view if you can make it to the top. I had always heard it was especially beautiful if you could wake up early enough to make it to the top by sunrise. After hearing about it, I really wanted to try it out. However, I am the complete opposite of a morning person, and it was also difficult to find someone who would agree to do such an early hike on a random day. Therefore, it took me a very long time to finally make the journey.
Growing up in Valdosta, Georgia, hiking was not a common activity for me. Once I moved up to Kennesaw for college, it still wasn’t my go to thing to do on a free Saturday. If I’m being honest, as a college student near Atlanta, I thought Saturdays had to be for attending frat parties and going to not-so-clean Buckhead bars. Therefore that is what I did. However, once Covid-19 spread to America, that was no longer my routine. Like most people I became weary of the virus and tried to stay away from people. Even when a lot of people decided that going back out to the bars was an okay thing to do, I felt uncomfortable going back. How I chose to spend my time instead, was going on hikes. Here are some of my favorites so far, in no particular order:
Recently I went on a trip to New York City with my boyfriend. I was beyond excited as I have been to New York before with my high school and had fallen in love with the city at first sight. However, most people know that New York is not a walk on the beach. It can easily be one of the most chaotic vacations you will ever take. It almost does not feel right to even call it a vacation because I do not think that there is ever a moment where you are truly relaxed. This is honestly one of the reasons I love it so much considering I have never been the type of person that likes to do nothing on vacations. I am probably the worst beach partner ever. However, there are some kinds of chaos that even I try to stay away from.