It’s official that tomorrow I’ll have been in Atlanta for three weeks and it’s time for me to hit up the next city on my Eat, Pray, Love (But Blacker) journey. I’ve decided to use this wrap up as a picture dump – for whatever didn’t make it into my previous posts – and a pro/con list. Through this journey, I’m trying to figure out which feels the most like somewhere I could end up once all of this is over.
Atlanta is a strong contender, but then again, Atlanta is where I have been the most comfortable outside of my home town. It wasn’t too far outside of my back yard, but even a few hours of wandering can place you in a whole new world.
So without further ado, here’s my Peachy Keen Pros & Cons about being in Atlanta!
It’s Still Hot As Fuck
Atlanta makes me realize that I really haven’t left the south because the temperatures soar. It ended up 96 degrees one day and temperatures still broke the into the 90-degree range during my time here. The humidity is lower comparatively, but still.
Public Transportation Isn’t THAT Convenient
Unless you live close to a bus stop or somewhere smack in the middle of everything, it’s not exactly a walkable city. While the bus stops are peppered through out the cities, I’ve heard the buses aren’t as reliable as people here would like. I tried using the Bird and Lime apps to remedy this, but with where I was staying, they were still a twenty minute walk away, made worse by the aforementioned heat.
The Roads Are Awful
Not EVERYWHERE, but there’s a lot of the highways and roads that are terrible. It’s either roughly paved or littered with potholes. Since there are lots of hills, you don’t know what you’re getting until you’re right on top of it. I can only imagine the cost of keeping a car maintained here.
The People Are Really Nice
There’s something to be said about southern hospitality. Even though I’m from Florida (which isn’t really the south), I didn’t fully grasp why people call southerners ‘nice’ until I got here. The people in Atlanta are really warm and welcoming. My friend Bianca was always nice, but when her friends found out I was coming – people who didn’t know me except by word of mouth – they wanted to show me a good time and meet me. Even the friends that didn’t know I was coming showed me a warm welcome. I had random conversations in public. Networked. People really genuinely want you to have a good time and want you to succeed if you decide to stay.
Look, it’s still a city that you could ball out in if you really REALLY wanted to, but on the whole it’s not bad. The gas is about the same as it is in my home town. The rent is slightly higher, but it’s very comparable. I’m talking within $100-$200 and that’s really not bad. You don’t have to break the bank by being here and if you’re frugal and thrifty like I am, you can still have amazing experiences.
Blackity Black, Y’all
It’s super easy to support black businesses considering that Atlanta is truly a black city. 54% of the people here are black. Coming from a predominantly white city, this is super refreshing to me. The “where are you from” question specifically refers to where I’m from geographically. No questions about my ethnicity have come up and for that alone, it’s fan-fucking-tastic and a breath of fresh air. It’s so wonderful to see a whole city of black people thriving and living their best lives. It warms my soul.
All of this said, I still love Atlanta. Even if this isn’t the place I end up, I will always hear its siren call. This city will forever hold a special place in my heart. For now, it’s time for me to move on to The Big Apple. I’m equal parts nervous and excited, but it all stems from the same place. I can’t wait to see what the next Tuesday entry brings!