Growing up in a place known to be inhabited by Aswangs (a vampire-like mythical creature in Filipino folklore and is the subject of a wide variety of myths and stories), paranormal excursions is a welcome treat despite being faint-hearted. I am a “to see is to believe” type but somehow, ghosts is an exception.
I was a little skeptical when one of our companion suggested the ghost tour activity but we didn’t have anything planned after dinner, so we went back to the city. Savannah is different at night. The historical homes look menacing compared to the friendly pieces of photography at day time. As a child, I was told that in order not to see things you don’t want to see, avoid looking into people’s windows, dark alleys and tree tops. And being stubborn, it has always been my fascination to do things I’m told not to.
Savannah at night
But stubbornly looking at windows, dark alleys and tree tops in Savannah was no different than my home town, I haven’t seen anything I am not supposed to see. If I did, it would have been my first. 🙂
The ghost guide is jolly. Scary stories that is supposed to scare makes me laugh instead. He brought us to most visited haunted spots in the city. In every place, we were told of it’s scary tales. He warned about pictures in Oglethorpe mansion but instead of being scared, it makes me itch to have my picture taken there. Because he seemed in a hurry, I didn’t have pictures in all spots. I lost the chance to capture real ghost in my camera, if ever they really exist.
Enjoying the night
Savannah at night is just as beautiful at day time. The dark gives it a whole new glow. It was almost midnight after our ghost tour but the streets are still busy. I may not have a ghostly experience but seeing the city in a different light was just as memorable.
If not for the company sponsored trip to the US last April 2013, I would have been traveling to another province in the Philippines for my 3rd birthday trip. So when I was invited for a trip to Savannah on the weekend of my 27th birthday, I agreed without 2nd thoughts. Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia which is known to attract millions of visitors for its city’s architecture and historic buildings. Because of its old age, the city is believed to be haunted. Ghost and paranormal tours are considered a must experience.
It was an overnight escapade. Left Atlanta on a hired car early by Saturday. Reached Savannah around lunch time and proceeded to the historical tour right away on a guided tour bus. And since I easily get bored listening to histories, I busied myself taking snaps of the historical homes and architectures.
It amazed me how the buildings seem to have it’s own allure despite the monotonous color combination of white,orange and black. Each architecture is different. I couldn’t even picked a favorite. Every home is totally unique. The guide related that most homes are renovated in closest state to it’s original. And unfortunately, most are only restored on the outside. Touring inside the house is highly discouraged.
Parks and views
Aside from the grandiose homes, there are a number of sights in the city. After the tour we had lunch at the city market then continued roaming around the city. At night we went on a ghost tour (story next post: Mystical Savannah). The next day, after attending the mass, we spent the remaining time on the Sunday walking around, taking our time on cam-whoring (story next next post: More Of Savannah).
“Wow! It makes me feel like I’m in Tinseltown.” That was the thought running in my head when we stroll around the City of Helen in Georgia. I just realized how weird it was since I wasn’t really familiar with Tinseltown. I was thinking Tinseltown as a mythical, glamorous and other worldly place, like towns in a fairy tale book. I was so aghast when I looked up it’s meaning “Hollywood, or the superficially glamorous world it represents.” Oh well, I’m doing it again, giving words a different meaning. Tinseltown-ny or not, Helen is still definitely a worthy destination. Come with me as I recollect my memories of Helen in the following pictures.
What You Would See
The pictures I had are just walking distances from each other. We were just strolling around taking in the sights like the ordinary travelers. It’s one of my dream to go to places and do what the locals would do. Maybe next time…
What You Could Do
What You Could Buy (For Me?)
I really had a great time in Helen. And if ever I’ll visit again, I’ll make sure to try the tubing. Up next is my visit to another famous city in Georgia, Savannah. It was a weekend getaway so I maybe have more posts about it. Yay!
The next weekend after our supposed last week in Georgia, our friends took my room mate and me to Tallulah Gorge. It was an hour and a half drive from were we stayed. The plan was to have lunch and enjoy the scenery. We did what was planned but with an additional surprise…endured a rigorous downward stairs unto the river. It was an easy trek if my body was still in the climbing shape. Since it was not, I had to catch my breath every 15 minutes or less. A necessary sacrifice to see the beauty of the river up close and a worthy one of course.
Despite the battered feet in Tallulah, we decided to maximize our time by going to Helen. If there’s one thing I love about summer in the US, it would be the long day time. You can do more with the daylight. Pictures will be in next post. Hurrah! One post done. Cheers to more post on my US travel escapades!
The plane will fly without me. If not for the 2 month extension, I would be death bored in the 14 hours flight bound to Korea right now, instead I’m still in my luxurious hotel room, right in the middle of suburb Duluth, listening to my all time favorite 80’s love song with Spotify. Ohhhh life! You always seem to go where I want you to. I’m thankful for you and your designer of course. 🙂
It’s Saturday, not a normal one, because I’m in the room despite the good weather, typing this monologue in my brother’s capricious touch screen notebook. There’s really something about me today because my feet is not itching…the wanderlust is off. This is rare so I’m taking advantage by catching up with the things on my list. Starting with clearing my packaging stuffs, then collecting receipts, organize things…put up “Memories of Georgia” photobook checklist, update travel blog, post something personal in kring4life and so on. And I’m making good progress.
The checklist for the photobook is done. And just realized that I was not slacking in posting my touristy affairs after all. I just had 5 wanderlustful escapes and everything is covered here. 5 touristy escapes in 3 months in a foreign land. Ohhh! It doesn’t sound so good. But then again, you have to consider all the angles before thinking I’m slacking. Haha!
You know I never give up on wanderlust. It’s just that it’s extra effort to make wanderful escapes here. No companions. No transportation. And money seems too good to be wasted. I haven’t been bored though. I always have things done every weekend and pictures for everything.
See the chart that’s what took most of my time. I’m done telling you about my escapes. In the coming days, I’ll be talking about the people I’ve met and known here. Knowing people and connecting is a must for wanderers…I haven’t been to many places yet and despite my seemingly sociable aura, I sometimes still feel awed about how easily I get along with new faces. 😀
That’s it for now. Till my next un-itcy-feet days…
Can capturing every possible views of a place even if you’re not part of the picture be considered growing up? This is the first time since I’ve started wandering that I’ve thought of just taking the views regardless if I’m in there or not. It’s no longer about me in places….but the places I’ve been and the people I’m with. 🙂 Well, you might see less of me on my travel pictures soon…it’ll be more of the views…and the smiles of the people I’m with. It’s not an easy decision but a wanderer has to make some sacrifices too, right? This is mine.
So I’ve been out of the Philippines for about 2 months now…and realized I’m really just overacting when I thought it would feel like forever. Thinking it wouldn’t be easy to change routines and be away from people I draw my strength from. Fearing the new companions and the changes I have to do to to be comfortable with everything. Well, I maybe am underestimating myself…because everyday, I can’t be thankful enough for all the things I have here. 🙂
Last June 22, with a less than a week preparation, Tita Susan took us to our first out of Georgia state trip. Yay! Hello Tennessee. It was about 2 hours drive and I’ve been awake for the entire time hoping to capture some views. Unfortunately, I wasn’t on the window seat. Arrived in Ruby Falls around 11 AM, the ticket cost 17.95$ tax excluded. We spent 18.50$ in all.
We thought of dropping by at Rock City too but decided Ruby Falls was enough. To kill some more time, we went to the river around Tennessee Aquarium and took some more memories. Tita then treat us ice creams and splits at Coldstone after. We enjoyed chatting over the delicious dessert.
Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Of course, I don’t wanna miss going there. I just didn’t know when.
My 5th weekend was long in celebration of Memorial Day. Our new friends invited us to series of activities. Outreach on a Saturday, party on a Sunday and hiking for Monday. I was all excited for the outreach because it was part of my planned activities for this travel. Unfortunately, we were late. The activity was done early because more volunteers arrived. I was a little heartbroken. Then Ate Juliet suggested why don’t we visit Ate Rose at work in downtown Atlanta. And just when I thought I’ve had enough pictures of downtown Atlanta, turns out there’s still more…a whole lot more!
It was almost lunch time when we left Underground Atlanta, we went to fetch Ate Rose for lunch. It took us a while to find a place to eat since most are close. We ended up eating at a Spanish Cafeteria just walking distance from Georgia State University.
After lunch, Te Rose went back to work and the 3 of us went to look for the perfect spot to witness the parade of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival.
Left the Carnival at 3 PM, getting ready for Stone Mountain. Yay! Stone Mountain…at last!
I had fun walking up the trail to the top. It was an easy and enjoyable climb nothing like my usual climbs. I wish I could go there everyday instead of jogging on the treadmill.
Spending the first 2 weekends in Georgia without going somewhere was not in the plan. The lack of public transportation from our hotel limited my wings. And the weather had been erratic too…raining almost every other day. It was such a cold welcome. I was beginning to think that the god of wanderlust (GOW) doesn’t want me to explore Georgia at all.
Then came our 3rd week. I was already agitated and in a rather combat mood. I want to go somewhere…ASAP. My wanderlustful self keep bugging me. I need to do something. GOW must have heard my silent prayers and put everything together. I woke up to a sunny Saturday – my 3rd weekend…yet just my first touristy escapade.
MARTA which stands for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is ATL’s major transportation line like my country’s Manila LRT. I was excited for this trip so I’ve been reading all about it already. It was heartbreaking to know that the last point, Doraville station is still 15 minutes away from where we are staying. The grand MARTA plan was ruined. I don’t want to bugged anyone to drop me to Doraville every weekend just so I could go around the tourist points on each station. 😦
We bought our first MARTA card. Yay! The fare per trip cost 2.5$, we need to have 5$ on our card back and forth. I had to go to Ann’s place at Lindbergh station first before going on our target destination so I just bought the unlimited 1 day pass for 9$.
Centennial Park & CNN
It was almost lunch time when we reach our stop – Peachtree Center so we decided to schedule the aquarium in the afternoon and have our lunch first. But of course, pictures come first before food. 😀
To save money, we brought our own lunch. Wanted to eat at Googie Burger but they won’t open till the afternoon so we had our lunch at CNN instead.
If it’s not for the 15$ ticket sold in our company, the trip wouldn’t be possible. It’s rather expensive to spend 75$ for the City Pass. But I’m sure I would still. It’s 75$ worth of lifetime memories after all…who wouldn’t spend that much for that?! Anyhoo, since GOW was nice to me, I was able to save 60$. Yay!
The aquarium was not that big as I expected it to be but the Dolphin tales was breathtaking. I’d come back again for that. 🙂
Kick-offing my first out of the country escape at Georgia Aquarium was good but I hope for something better. My wanderlust just won’t settle for anything less! Wish me luck! I could use some of your suggestions. 🙂
It’s been 13 days since I have arrived in Duluth, Georgia. Yet I’ve never been into nice places other than restaurants and malls. My wanderful self is starting to hate me. What can I do? I’m not allowed to venture alone and besides that, I don’t really like going on a solo adventure. But I’m not gonna let this go on! I have to go somewhere…else I would regret that I never did something NICE when I have the chance to. So prepare for a good update on the coming days…hopefully!
While waiting for that big adventure…let me recap on my 13 days so far!
I had eat-all-you-cans. On our first day, a close colleague of my roommate treat us to a welcome dinner at Hibachi Grand Buffet. Last Tuesday, the same person grab us again for another eatscapade. This time it is at Chowon Buffet where we knew Tita Susan – the vivacious and cool Mama of OFWs here. The next days I went with the others to Walmart and Discovery Mills. I hope to explore more of Georgia soon. Wish me luck! 🙂
I wasn’t able to buy a camera yet. Here’s some of Asta’s pictures.