Thanksgiving in Georgia

by - 5:38 PM

Chhally and I spent the whole 4 day weekend in Georgia. It wasn't exactly a vacation but we are thankful for the experience. It was life changing for me as well as for Chhally, both of us in different ways. We spent the first two days in Augusta with our friends Kenny and his wife, Carrie. Kenny is part Italian and Carrie is from Mississippi and, thus, they both cooked up a feast for Thanksgiving and I was in food heaven.

We spent the entire day cooking, eating, and watching a Godfather movie marathon. I was loving Augusta already!

I also spent a majority of the time taking photos of their adorable daughter, Evie.

The next day we spent the morning shooting at the nearby range, Shooters. I was a bit nervous (I've never handled a gun before) but excited to learn. Kenny taught us the basics of taking apart the gun, loading it, unloading it, putting on the safety, hand grips, stances, and general aiming techniques. We stocked up on ammo then went in to get a lane and some safety gear.

I got the honor of shooting first. The first pull of the trigger always takes you by surprise, they say. Because no one can ever really prepare you for how you're going to handle the recoil. I had fun!

Chhally impressed everyone. He's a natural, they said. The distance we were shooting at wasn't challenging enough for him, they said. And bumped him up to a farther distance.

After a couple of hours trying different guns, we had a lunch of Thanksgiving leftovers and proceeded to our hotel in Atlanta!

We stayed at the Sheraton in Downtown, Atlanta. My sister scored us a deal of $79 per night on! Check in was a breeze. Our room was absolutely modern and comfy. The amenities of this hotel was top notch. 24 hour room service! Yes, please! It's also very closely located to all of the must-visit sites of Downtown Atlanta. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site, the Georgia Dome, the Georgia Aquarium, some amazing parks as well. We ordered room service twice during our stay when late-night cravings made it difficult to get food anywhere else (especially since we didn't rent a car). The in-room dining was well prepared and service was amazing. The only downside about the rooms would be lack of soundproof walls to muffle the sound of talking and tv's in nearby rooms.

Since we only had about half a day to explore, we ended up eating brunch the next morning at the famous Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles. It was about a 15 minute walk from the Sheraton and, if you walk on Peachtree, it's relatively safe. The MLK Historic site was about a 30 minute walk, so we opted for a taxi instead. The Sheraton valet can arrange for taxi rides and it was only $10 plus $2 per extra person. I will write an in-depth post on the food and historic site tomorrow. =)

Hope everyone's recovering well from their Thanksgiving food comas!

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