April 13 – April 18 2018
How I got there
I merged a work trip to Atlanta for DevOpsDays into a Tralev trip. I arrived a few days before the conference on a United flight from SFO.
Where I stayed
I stayed at the Glenn Hotel, which is a part of the Autograph collection from Marriott for the first few nights. I spent the rest of my time at a Courtyard downtown.
How I got around
Atlanta has a robust public transportation system. This includes a subway system called MARTA that takes you from the Airport to the heart of the city in 20 minutes. I used MARTA to get around the city most of the time. I took a Lyft here and there when I was going to a place that was far away from a subway station.
What I did
I got in late in the evening on Friday. I took the MARTA to my hotel and then explored the surrounding area including the beautiful Centennial Olympic Park. Martin Lawrence was in town that night so the downtown area was full of traffic. I had dinner at Waffle House and called it a night.
The next day I went to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola, and the Center for Human Rights. These were three very different experiences, but all enjoyable. I had the best fried chicken of my life for lunch, and some delicious catfish and peach cobbler for dinner.
On Sunday, it rained. It was a pretty miserable day. I took a Lyft to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. I didn't know much about Carter before visiting this place. In a lot of pop culture he has been the butt of many jokes. It turns out he was a motivator. In the evening I went to see Atlanta United play at the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium.
I worked the rest of the week since I was technically in town for work to begin with. I had a great time meeting up with various local developers and discussing feature flagging. We did a couple of things worth noting during the week. First, we had an amazing dinner at Ted's Montana Grill. I had Bison for the first time and it was great. We also had a chance to see the Atlanta Braves play at the new SunTrust Ballpark. We left after 9 innings when the game was still tied and fans had some hope.
What Was the Fuss?
I think I've been to the Atlanta Airport at least 100 times over the last five years, but never had a chance to step out. Who knew that Atlanta was such a large and modern city?
- It grew from a railroad junction into a place of international importance in a relatively short time period. Most notably, it served as the location of the 1996 centennial olympic games.
- It has one of the best (and possibly only) subway systems in the South.
- It's downtown area is full of culture, arts, museums, businesses, stadiums and great restaurants.
- It was the center of the Civil Rights Movement and the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.
- It is a beacon of hope for what a modern, diverse, American city should look like.
I was only able to see 25% of what the city has to offer. I can't wait to go back.