Georgia is on my mind in a way I never EVER could have imagined. Last month my mum and I took a trip back 'home'. It's been nearly eight years since our last trip and a lot has happened in both our turf and theirs! My mom and I were both born in Columbus, GA, we left and moved to California when I was four. Through and through I am a Cali girl with a little bit of southern here and there (I do LOVE my country music let's not forget), but going home is important and necessary when you have family. The weeks leading up to our trip were filled with lots of anxiety, nervousness and a little bit of fear. It's been so long! What is everyone going to be like? What is Columbus like now? Where will I find a good cup of coffee? What about yoga?
Traveling is no easy feat for a YogiGypsy with needs - needs being:
- Daily green drink
- Daily caffeine
- Daily yoga
- Daily GOOD FOOD!
Surprisingly all this and more was readily available to me! I was literally blown away by how much good stuff has come to Columbus, this small town has gotten some new blood and turning a corner into the 21st century. The hipsters have found their place in lil ole Columbus. I was beyond surprise to see several really cool, hip specialty coffee shops (Iron Bank Coffee, Midtown Coffee House & Bitter Brick); a beautiful juice bar with the friendliest staff and yummiest juice (Juice Bar); a modern, sophisticated restaurant filled with beautiful reclaimed wood, refurbished barn doors and a rum list that is something out of Los Angeles Magazine (11th and Bay Southern Table); and lastly one of the most beautiful yoga studios (River Flow Yoga - the only yoga studio) I've had the pleasure to step into (whose owners I share a special 'weird' yogi bound with).
Atlanta was just as special - we had a little under 12 hours in Atlanta till our flight home. In that time we managed to visit several neighborhoods (Downtown, Midtown, Little Five Points to name a few) and ate and drank our way through all of them. Starting at Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Ponce deLeon; Ice Cream for lunch at Jakes; dancing in your seat kinda good BBQ at Fox Brother's and dessert (like any honest Southerner would) Peach Cobbler from Mary Mac's Tea Room. By the time we made it to our hotel room (all of which we spent four hours in) we were TOO stuffed to sleep. We managed to squeeze in a couple of hours before it was time to head to the airport and head back home.
For the first time in a long time, Mum and I had a wonderful time touring Georgia; a lot has changed with a lot more good to come. Family is good and memories are strong; and although we don't get to Georgia often our time spent is special. It's amazing how much you squeeze in a few days in the midst of family time, driving time, and getting lost only to find what you love. This trip was a good lesson for me that I truly don't need much to make me happy. Good weather is nice, a dependable cup of coffee always helps, nice friendly people are a bonus - a little research before traveling never hurts.
This years travel itinerary is pretty full; Toronto in April, Mexico in May and Vegas in June just to start and as happy and excited as I am about those trips I'm secretly hoping to squeeze in another visit to GA if only for a weekend. Who knew!