What I learned traveling to all 50 states

Actually, before I get to that – let me tell you what I learned on my trip to Mississippi and Alabama – the final two states I had to visit

 

  • Mobile has some wonderful architecture and a very nice main street (when you get away from the overbuilt convention center and stuff)

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  • I thought I had experienced heat and humidity before – but nothing compares to 92 F at 830 in the morning with close to 100% humidity.  No wonder people move slowly around here.  And this was in September – not July or August

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  • Montgomery AL is also a pretty city downtown – until you start to remember who built all those buildings and where the money for that came from.  Still, I was impressed that they had preserved things and improved the small area around the station.

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  • The Pettus bridge in Selma, AL looks *exactly* the same as it does in the photos of white cops beating civil rights marchers 50 years ago.

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  • Natchez MI is very pretty and well worth a visit – just don’t think about who built those houses. Great architecture, also hot and humid

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Funny thing was that all my friends in NYC and Europe thought an opinionated Brit who lives in NY and talks weird would end up beaten in a ditch – but in fact people couldn’t have been nicer.  Only person who was weird was a middle aged white guy who thought I was a rival college football fan because I was wearing a red baseball cap.

I’ll finish the broader theme of what I learned in all 50 states next post.

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With a fairly unusual first name, this is where I have to stress VERY STRONGLY that these posts are my personal opinions and in no way reflect anything at all to do with my employer. For employer-approved content, take a look at my work blog.
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