Once again it’s that time of year where I travel for a weekend of activism and to re-connect with my global friends who I usually only get to see in digital two-dimensional format. This year’s event was held in the lovely Atlanta. Before, after, and between events I meandered a bit around downtown Atlanta and managed to take in some of the more common tourist sites. It’s a beautiful city, which you will see in the next few posts.

There’s one tourist destination you won’t ever see me write about, however: the World of Coca-Cola.

I know that Coke is a product of Georgia and Atlantans are proud of this. But, it’s a product that I absolutely abhor. Not only is it a toxic drink that progressively makes people sicker thanks to high-fructose corn syrup and other ingredients… but I’ve been to many poor areas where Coke is often cheaper and easier to obtain than fresh water.

I personally think this is disgusting. The company is using a lack of fresh water to their advantage and instead of using profits to help poor communities get access to fresh water, they are profiting from a lack of it. In India, their early behaviour and purchase of Thums Up demonstrates that they have no interest in improving the welfare of people in India.

Ranting aside, photos in the gallery are taken from the Marriott Marquis and from the SkyView Atlanta:

  • The brown tower (#1, #2, #3, #6) is the Bank of America Plaza, the tallest building in Atlanta and Georgia.
  • The park (#11, #12) is Centennial Olympic Park, built for the 1996 Olympics (and is where the 1996 bombing occurred during the Olympics).
  • The circular tower (#15) is the Westin, where I stayed for two nights.
  • The ferris wheel (#10, #16) is the SkyView, a relatively new attraction to Atlanta.