Cultural Experience | Georgia

Weekends In the Atlanta Region

From atlantic station to stone mountain and east-african food. there’s something for everyone around Atlanta

By Diana Odero

When you work from your home its quite the task to actually get out of the house and engage in anything else besides work… But when you’re a lifestyle writer you need to actually get out and EXPERIENCE life to even have something to write about. So with the help of a new friend, I discovered some cool local spots here that can transform your weekend from mundane to exciting in one day.

Atlantic Station

This has quickly become my new favorite spot in Atlanta. Firstly, its 10min away from me by car/bus but if you feel like taking a nice stroll through midtown to get there like I do sometimes… It’s about a half hour walk, 20min tops. Secondly, it has stores galore, which is good for my shopaholic nature but bad for my ever-empty wallet. H&M you need to stop having so many sales, seriously… Stop. Thirdly, I was walking past the LA Fitness there one Sunday and one of their trainers was handing out free club passes for a week! I’ve never been privy to these gym clubs like LA fitness and planet fitness but when I got to experience their services this past week… I can now say I’m a fan. Love the Zumba and kick boxing classes the best, don’t take the cycle class though if you want to be able to walk to your car afterwards. It’s killer.

Atlantic station has a good bunch of eateries, bars for those football fanatics, theaters and a cute little ‘Central Park’ setting where they have live FREE concerts every last Friday of the month. It’s a fun little open shopping and hangout place all in one. So if you’re one of those people who get bored with indoor malls, Atlantic Station will definitely be a breath of fresh air, literally!

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– Stone Mountain Park

Located in Stone Mountain town, this park is Atlanta’s main tourist attraction and it may just make my list of favorite parks. So much to do, so much history to take in and so much scenic beauty to enjoy on a nice walk on the trail… Not forgetting the random deer you’ll see running across the paths from time to time.

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Stone Mountain Park is popular mainly due to the actual Stone Mountain located within the forest grounds. A mountain reminiscent to Mt Rushmore due to the carving on its surface of three figures of the Confederate States of America; Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. Apparently this carving was done before Mt Rushmore… a whole history lesson will be needed to go through the why and how of the significance of this mountain so I won’t get into that right now.

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How lucky was I to be here on a Saturday when Stone Mountain Park hosts its world famous laser show??  Best part of the entire park experience in my opinion. Strobe lights and laser skits light up the mountain after sunset celebrating the state of Georgia, and other southern states such as Alabama and S. Carolina. The show also showcased events of the civil war and concluded with a tribute to American independence and damn good firework display. I tried to take a video of it but it’s too dark to see much aside from the fireworks so guess you’ll have to experience the show for yourselves one day!

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Madina Restaurant

Foodie Alert!! So Atlanta, I have come to notice has an insane number of Mexican restaurants. Why? I have no idea but I’m so over Taco Tuesday and this new find just made my day today.  It’s a Somali and Ethiopian fused restaurant that basically serves East African food as a whole, perfect for this homesick East African girl! If you are ever in Atlanta and are craving some authentic home cooked food, check out Madina; generous servings, friendly staff, great prices.

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In Other News: Early morning, EST, on September 21st, the world became aware of a deadly attack that was taking place back in my hometown of Nairobi.  It was heart breaking for me to watch from so far away as they tried to tear apart a united nation. One week later and though still shaken we are healing and restoring and I am very proud of how much stronger a nation we have become because of this incident.

In light of this I ask you all to say a prayer for those directly affected by this heinous attack and for Kenya as a whole. Thank you in advance and on behalf of Kenya.

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Photo Credit for this photo above: Mutua Matheka.

Diana Odero

Chapman University | 19 stories

Diana is a recent graduate of Chapman University having studied Graphic Design & Sociology. She is an international student from Kenya and is currently working in Atlanta. She is an adventurous person who views the world with an artistic eye. She loves to travel, to read & write, design, cook and meet new people. In addition to writing for The College Tourist she is also working on building her brand as a freelance designer and lifestyle writer. Check out Diana's blog .

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