In addition to tea and pastries, I was fed one giant compliment sandwich after another. The merchant, using his most gentle tone, conversed with me about my travels as he pulled out a gigantic binder from under one of his shelves. He flipped through page after page; proudly pointing out the many Americans he had done business with.
My phone’s battery charge had just dipped below 15 percent, but my anxiety level was well above 80 percent. I banged frantically on the door in desperation. Then suddenly, I heard a loud clank. The locking mechanism began to turn, and the great door creaked open.
While the lagoon is technically one of the most urban pink lakes in the world, it’s not actually that easy to access. The lake is privately owned and therefore not highly promoted by the local government and tourism board. Many sections are also closed off to bathers because they are nature reserves.
Rough riding cowboys. Wiley Indians. Ghost town shootouts and saloon sarsaparillas. These are the images that are wired into our brains when we think of the Wild West in American films. And while Wyatt Earp’s Tombstone and High Noon’s Hadleyville are certainly sites to behold, the surreal landscape of the southwestern United States offers more than just the backdrop for Westerns. From the haunting red rock formations in Monument Valley, to the rolling sand dunes of the Sonoma desert, the American west often serves as the perfect backdrop for science fiction or high fantasy realms…
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is a real headache. For anyone that’s ever flown out of Atlanta, or even caught a connecting flight there, you know what I’m talking about. The “Empire City of the South” is a transatlantic hub that acts as a connecting tissue between North America, South America, Africa and Europe. Atlanta’s central location makes it the perfect headquarters for Delta (one of the world’s largest carriers), which has helped make it one of the busiest airports in the world.