For our third day here in the South, things were looking up. We're blessed that the days here are beautiful. I personally haven't had any issue with the weather. Today was no exception. Our journey began straight at the bus, To get to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in downtown, we needed a mix of the bus and the MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), like BART for those in the Bay Area, and walking of course. We had breakfast at an open market on the outskirts of downtown that had many spots to eat inside. Katherine and I got some grits, scrambled eggs, toast, and some protein. To top it off, most of us had a quick, fresh, smoothie to take for our walk through the streets of Atlanta.
|Southbound on the MARTA|
As we were getting closer to the King Memorial, we passed by a smaller building and gave quick skim before we decided the spot to check out was across the street. This was the Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Park. In it, we passed by the "Behold' Monument of a muscular man lifting a baby in the sky as well as several decorative rose gardens. Around the corner, we entered the air conditioned building and proceeded to watch a screening of MLK's contributions in Atlanta. Right across that were more exhibits of some of MLK's work and check it out. I have to say the best exhibit there was the reenactment of a protest on the streets. It had these sculpture/manikin-like figures of folks protesting and of course, it was the rave of everyone inside the exhibit side of the building. Fortunately, Katherine and I were able to get to the front of it real quick and take a quick picture. Especially since a picture from the front side of the exhibit put it more into perspective, it was nice that we were able to sneak that one in. Right after that was actually visiting the church where MLK was baptized. It was so surreal that just now I'm actually letting that thought sink in. Also, getting to know a little but more of the other things about that church was enriching to know, though it wasn't all pretty. Moreover, the experience in downtown was quite fun with the open market and the MLK historic sites.
|MLK was baptized here!|
|Emory is GORGEOUS|
Dinner tonight was at Community Barbecue a few minutes away via shuttle. Actually, it was a recommendation by one of the chaperones on this trip- John Hillyer from the UPenn cohort. We've been waiting for this since we departed at the beginning of this trip, so it was great finally getting the chance to get a taste of some good Southern food. The food we ordered included mac 'n cheese, pulled chicken, beef, slaw, potato salad, and some collard greens. I was surprised at how quickly we all ate the food up and at how quickly I became full! I attribute it to being one of the heavier meals of the trip. We intentionally tried some lighter meals to save up for this, so that was good of us.
|Can you guys tell we like Emory?|