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:
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: