When a Swede Visits the South
My best friend in the entire world, Matilda, is visiting me in August!!
I’ve talked about her a lot on my blog. And in case you started following me recently, I met Matilda in my year abroad in Ireland. She was one of my roommates in Dublin. She’s my Harry Potter watching, Disney song singing, late night pizza eating, too much booze drinking Swedish best friend.
The two of us have already started planning out of sheer excitement. She’ll be here for almost one month, and I have to cram as much time with her and touristy things possible.
Living in Georgia has its perks. My hometown is close enough to Atlanta that we can drive over for the day and waste time in a long car drive. We are in great proximity to mountains, and the beach really isn’t all that far away either.
But what to do with a Swede in the Southern States?!
Well she has to try Chick-fil-A. It’s Georgia’s gift to America.
And Waffle House. Drunk. At 3.00am like you’re supposed to have it.
Big Chic is fried chicken heaven. It’s a chippy for fried foods.
Little Debbie’s, Cheez Wiz, Baked Beans, and Kool-Aid are all things that we have on the regular that must be inserted into her diet.
Cracker Barrel. Purely for the Coca-Cola Cake.
Atlanta Touristy Things:
World of Coke
Georgia Touristy Things:
Historic Banning Mills Zip-Line is the world’s longest zip-line and it’s not even ten miles from my house.
Blue Ridge Mountains and all that that includes. Helen, Dahlonega, Brasstown Bald, etc.
Savannah and Tybee Island and all of the other barrier islands is quite possibly my favorite place in the state.
All things Milledgeville. My sister goes to Georgia College and will be more than happy to show Tilda around town. Not to mention, Milledgeville was at one time Georgia’s capitol, so it has an abundance of history.
Tennessee and Alabama Touristy Things:
Chattanooga, Tennessee isn’t a far drive and has some wonderful view points.
Cheaha Mountains in Alabama has some great hiking and is a little over an hour from my house.
Auburn, Alabama. I have to take her to a football game and show her around my beloved college campus. She wants a foam finger more than anything in the world because that’s all she’s seen in the American movies at sporting events.
Florida Touristy Things:
Matilda has a friend that lives in Orlando. That is perfect for us! While her friend is working, Matilda and I can go to Disney World and Universal Studios. We won’t have to pay for a place to stay which will free up some money for us to spend on the parks.
I want to take her to one of those white sandy beaches with the clear water and extreme heat. Panama City Beach, Destin, Santa Rosa, Clearwater… Those are all great beaches to take her. She’ll need some serious sun screen though.
Do y’all have any ideas of what I should do with Matilda when she gets here?! Pretty much everything we do will have to be drivable because I’m saving all of my money for a big plane ticket later this fall.
Give me your ideas below!