Atlanta

The roadtrip from New Orleans to Atlanta

So this is it, it’s time to leave New Orleans and Louisiana and discover the “real” South. By “real” I mean that in New Orleans, being heavily influenced by the French, Spanish, Cajun and the Creole, it never really felt like typical United States. Of course people speak english, but not the typical southern “Howdy, how y’all doing today english. 🙂 So for the following days I am fortunate to be accompanied by a friend.

Chevy Captiva on Interstate 65, New Orleans, Louisiana to Montgomery, Alabama
Chevy Captiva on Interstate 65, New Orleans, Louisiana to Montgomery, Alabama
Chevy Captiva on Interstate 65, New Orleans, Louisiana to Montgomery, Alabama
Chevy Captiva on Interstate 65, New Orleans, Louisiana to Montgomery, Alabama

Driving up the Interstate 65 to Montgomery, Alabama and then to Atlanta, Georgia is a pretty long journey. In fact, it will take you about six hours, 40 minutes of driving to get there. A part from the Lake Pontchartrain you cross in the very beginning of the trip, you won’t find a lot of distraction – maybe some cow here and there, but it’s generally a long, straight, boring stretch of tarmac, which your car will happily it up mile.

Chevy Captiva on Chevy Cruze
Chevy Captiva on Chevy Cruze

When you look at the picture above, you might notice that our car is NOT a Chevrolet Camaro… Yes, indeed. Unfortunately we could get one unless we paid three times to money for the Cruze. But wait and see, my goal is still to get a Ford Mustang. Anyway, as soon as we got deeper into Louisiana and then into Alabama, it became really obvious that we were in the heart of the “Bible Belt” of the United States: the part of the US where people take religion really seriously and are usually not well-disposed towards someone who doesn’t believe in religion / Christianity or simply dares to question it. Anyway, just because I’m a secular person I don’t pretend to know what’s right or wrong – true or false. Accord to me (again, this is just me), anybody should be allowed to live by their own religion, as long as they don’t bother others and accept the way others live.

Banner ad, Interstate 85 North
Banner ad, Interstate 85 North

Driving on the Interstates through Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, it becomes pretty obvious that religion is not a subject to make jokes about. As everywhere else in the country, there are adverstisement banners along the road for all kinds of thinks (restaurants, insurances, automobiles, etc.). In addition to that, these banners are often used to display statements about Jesus and God and that it’s more important to believe in it that to trust science.  I didn’t get the opportunity to take pictures of all of the ones I’ve seen so far, but here you can see a few:

Georgia license plate
Georgia license plate “In God We Trust”
Banner ad
Banner ad “The Holy Bible”

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Banner ad
Banner ad “Jesus is Lord – An you know it!”

The one that struck me most is “In the beginning, there was GOD – no evolution”. Wow! It really seems to be like in the movies. To cut a long story short, my real problem is fanatism, not religion by itself. Just accept people as they are, as long as they don’t do harm to someone.

Welcome to Hotlanta

Atlanta road sign - Interstate 85 North
Atlanta road sign – Interstate 85 North

Willkommen in Atlanta oder Hotlanta, wie die Amis auch zu sagen pflegen. 🙂 Atlanta ist die Hauptstaat des Bundesstaats Georgia. Mit ihren knapp 450’000 Einwohnern fĂŒr amerikanische VerhĂ€ltnisse nicht gerade gross, aber wie sagt man so schön: QualitĂ€t ist wichtiger als QuantitĂ€t!

CNN Headquarters, Atlanta
CNN Center (Headquarters), Atlanta

Dies sollte auch bei meinem ersten Besuch zutreffen. Die CCN– und Coca Cola-Stadt hat ein relativ ĂŒberschaubares Stadtzentrum und einen ausgeglichenen Mix von alten SteinhĂ€usern und HochhĂ€usern. GrundsĂ€tzlich trifft die Aussage “Wer eine US-Stadt kennt, kennt sie alle” zumindest architektonisch zu. 1996 fanden hier die olympischen Sommerspiele statt. *** Daran erinnert wird man spĂ€testens, wenn man sich in den “Centennial Olympic Park” begibt: Sportlerstatuen, WasserfĂ€lle und Flaggen verschiedenster Nationen.

Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta
Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta
Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta
Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta

In Atlanta bin ich nur knapp 24 Stunden geblieben und kann daher keinen detaillierten ReisefĂŒhrer fĂŒr die Stadt zusammenstellen. 😉 Dennoch möchte ich zwei Highlights hervorheben: Das Nachtleben, sowie die “Momocon” Comic Convention, die zufĂ€lligwerweise gerade dann stattfand als ich dort war.

Momocon Comic Convention, Atlanta
Momocon Comic Convention, Atlanta
People in
People in “Dragon Ball Z” costumes, Momocon Comic Convention, Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta ist noch ĂŒberschaubarer als die ganze Stadt ohnehin schon ist. Zwischen dem Centennial Olympic Park und dem Woodruff Park kann man mindestens zweimal “hoch hinaus” – In die “Sky Lounge at The Glenn” und im “Polaris“, das drehende Restaurant / Bar an der Spitze des Hyatt Hotels. Mal edel, mal noch etwas edler, aber stets unvoreingenommen und absolut Dresscode frei. Erinnert mich etwas an Berlin!

Polaris, Atlanta
Polaris, Atlanta
Polaris, Atlanta
Polaris, Atlanta
View of Atlanta from the Skylounge at The Glenn, Atlanta
View of Atlanta from the Skylounge at The Glenn, Atlanta

Das zweite Highlight war wie bereits angesprochen die Momocon Comic Convention. Ich wusste gar nicht, dass so etwas ĂŒberhaupt in Atlanta stattfinden könnte. Eine Comic Convention???!! Das ist doch nur fĂŒr Nerds und Teenies? Ja und nein. Ja, es sind hauptsĂ€chlich Nerds und nein da gehen nicht nur Teenies hin. An einer Comic Convention geht es darum, eine Gemeinschaft von Comic-, Videospiel und TV-Serien-Fans zusammenzubringen, die in der Regel auch wie ihre Lieblingscomicfigur verkleidet sind. Merchandising- & Sammler-Artikel werden verkauft, es kommen Stars aus der Szene zu Interviews und Autogrammstunden, und Fans tauschen Fanartikel aus. Wer noch etwas in 80er & 90er-Jahre Nostalgie schwelgen will, kommt bei den Flipper und Arcade-Spielen wie Pong, Pac Man, Wild Gunman von Sega, Nintendo, Atari, usw. voll auf seine Kosten. Letztlich geht man auch hin, um die vielen echt gut gemachten Verkleidungen zu bestaunen – richtige Fans geben sich richtig MĂŒhe. 🙂

Marvel Toys from www.plasticempire.com, Momocon Comic Convention, Atlanta
Marvel Toys from http://www.plasticempire.com, Momocon Comic Convention, Atlanta
Carl Minion from www.plasticempire.com, Momocon Comic Convention, Atlanta
Carl Minion from http://www.plasticempire.com, Momocon Comic Convention, Atlanta

Ein weiteres Highlights war natĂŒrlich der DeLorean DMC-12. Bereits im Blog-Abschnitt zu Tallahassee erwĂ€hnt, war der Wagen dieses Mal in kompletter “ZurĂŒck in die Zukunft“-Montur: Mr. Fusion, Hover Board, Sports Almanach, etc. Sogar hatte Lust auf eine kleine Reise durch die Zeit!

DeLorean DMC-12
DeLorean DMC-12 “Back to the Future” from http://www.razorflystudios.com, Momocon Comic Convention, Atlanta
DeLorean DMC-12
DeLorean DMC-12 “Back to the Future”, Momocon Comic Convention, Atlanta
DeLorean DMC-12
DeLorean DMC-12 “Back to the Future” – “Flux Capacitor”, Momocon Comic Convention, Atlanta
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