I don’t think I’ve construed this to you yet, but I am a nerd. I love to learn and nothing quite sets my soul on fire like discovering a new fact. I get giddy. I love superhero TV shows and movies. I’m more Marvel than DC when it comes to movies but I do love my DC TV shows. I like star wars. I’ve spent half my life within the pages of a book. I am who I am.
My husband and I are both nerds to varying degrees and this weekend we embraced it and had one of the best trips we’ve had in a while. We went to Atlanta the first time 2 years ago to see the Yankees play the Braves, and I wasn’t impressed. It was probably my least favorite place we’d ever traveled to. This weekend, I learned my first impression was very, very wrong.
We were coming for an event on Saturday, but we didn’t really have any other plans. We thought we may check out the aquarium, but that was it. I figured once again I’d be ready to leave this city as soon as we got here but not having any plans and going with the flow made this weekend perfect.
We left first thing Friday morning and drove to Covington, GA. A tv show we both watched (The Vampire Diaries) was filmed there and when we found out we could actually go eat in the Mystic Grill, we knew going wasn’t even a question.
It was amazing. First off, the food was delicious. I wasn’t a huge fan of my drink because I underestimated how sweet the drink I ordered would be, but Kevin’s mystic mule was great. Mostly though, I was just thrilled being there and comparing the town to what I remember on the show. I’m sure part of my enjoyment was because of the show, but an even larger part was due to how I feel when I travel or experience something new. It makes me feel alive and makes Kevin and I connect in different ways.
We spent some time afterwards exploring the square outside, taking pictures of the clock tower, and meandering through gift shops. Yes, I bought a mystic grill t-shirt and I don’t regret it. Then it was time to head to Atlanta.
We checked into the Hilton, and then as is our practice, immediately left the hotel to “begin” our mini vacation. We decided to do the aquarium after all. If you ever go to the aquarium, buy tickets online. It’s a lot cheaper!
I enjoy aquariums, zoos and museums but most times I walk through them pretty quick. I don’t want to read every single sign and there is only so long you can watch the same fish swim back and forth. But Kevin had never been to an aquarium and his reactions made it where I could have stayed for hours. Unfortunately, we got there an hour and 15 minutes before closing time. Which honestly, was the best way to do it. There was hardly anyone there so we didn’t have to wait to see the animals and we breezed through at our pace.
Afterwards we walked around outside between the aquarium, the coke building and the center for human and civil rights, which I will be coming to Atlanta at some point to do both. It was a beautiful day and we just walked around holding hands and talking before heading over to the Sky View. We had taken a lyft from our hotel to the aquarium, and our driver told Kevin that he absolutely had to take me on the Ferris wheel once it begins to get dark. I agreed to the Ferris wheel due to a romanticized fantasy in my head. What cliched movie doesn’t have the couple kissing at the top of a Ferris wheel?
I didn’t take into consideration that I am terrified of ferris wheels. I didn’t think about the fact that this ferris wheel was a lot higher than other ferris wheels. That hit me once we started walking towards it. The Sky View was huge, although thankfully it was a closed container and the units didn’t sway, which is what fuels my fear.
We got on a little before twilight. I wish we had waited to see the view at night but I think Kev was afraid I’d chicken out last minute. We spent the first few rotations of our “romantic” ferris wheel ride with Kevin recording me pretending I wasn’t profusely sweating and trying not to lose my shit while he did his best to keep a straight face. The video is hilarious, although I stand by the fact I was being dramatic for the humor and I wasn’t actually all that scared… After I got used to it, I enjoyed it and even braved leaning between our seats to give him a quick kiss! It wasn’t the romantic moment I hoped for. It was forced. The best moment in the Sky View was Kevin laughing at me but still genuinely reassuring me that we weren’t about to drop to a fiery death.
We spent the night at Ponce City Market eating amazing tacos at Minera and then playing games and riding a slide on the rooftop. It was a perfect day.
The next day was the main nerd event. We had gotten tickets to go to the Heroes and Villains fan fest that day. A lot of the actors and actresses from our favorite shows were going to be there and we thought it’d be fun to experience at least once.
It was overrated. It was a smaller event and we could have walked through it in an hour. I am definitely glad we didn’t get the two day tickets. We did get a picture with three of the actors/actresses in Arrow and some funny t-shirts, but that was the highlight of the event.
We had both met our social interaction limit by the time we left that afternoon so we headed back to the hotel and rested up for a bit. We were too tired to deal with going out to dinner so we went to the rooftop bar in our hotel and sat at the bar for a few hours. We had a few drinks, a really good dinner, and an amazing conversation, including trying to determine if the coworkers who sat next to us were having an affair or not.
I’m a planner. I need to know where we are going, what we are doing, and where we may want to eat every time we go somewhere. I plan for months and then we spend the time hopping from adventure to adventure with barely time to breathe between. It’s always memorable and there are numerous great moments from every trip. But this trip reminded me to spend more time being present. To spend more time living in the moment instead of prepping for the next one. We had so much great conversation. There was an excess of hand holding and laughing and being silly together. This is what made me fall in love with Atlanta. It’s where I learned the small moments are a lot more important than the planned romantic ones.