Melva Gomez Blog, Day 3

Melva Gomez
Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day to all of the fellow Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines. And a salute to all Veterans around the United States and to those who are no longer with us today, for you gave a piece of yourself and paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could enjoy our life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, thank you sir/ma’am.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this special day than to be in Savannah, Georgia, where the City is hosting a Veterans Day parade.

American Flag in Savannah

While this was going on, Christian, Will, Ryan and I took the Trolley tour around Savannah and appreciated the cool weather.

Old Town Trolley

Our tour guide was name Michael and he had an English ascent. He explained that Savannah was founded in February 12, 1733, when General James Oglethorpe was greeted by Tomochichi when he arrived at Yamacraw Buff. The tour guide’s passion came through on the tour, and we enjoyed learning more about this fascinating city.

On another note, have you ever heard about a hospital that kicks out a patient if she delivers a baby boy? As crazy as it may sound, such a place does exist in Savannah, Georgia.  The Hospital, Telfair Hospital for Females, was founded in 1780 by Mary Telfair.  Her desire was to establish a special place where women could receive respectful, understanding and compassionate care for their health needs.  The staff and owner were strict about only serving women in their hospital and not men.  I would hate to be a guy patient in that hospital.

If you are like me, you may have thought that Savannah, Georgia was a small town.  I am glad to know that I was wrong.  Savannah has about 22 squares where they focus on different things that make up the town.  One of my favorite squares was the Calvin Square.  Every home in this part of town was built in the late 1860’s and is still standing strong today.  When you walk up to these houses, you notice hand prints in the bricks.  The prints were not from the families; they were from the slaves who made the brick.  The houses that surrounded the square were phenomenal.  Each house had its own design and individuality and none of them repeated the look of the one next door.

The food has been a huge blessing in Savannah, Georgia. Although there are days that I am scared because I am trying something new, it is always worth it. Today, we had lunch at the Cotton Exchange and dinner at One-Eyed Lizzies which, as it turns out, were sister restaurants, owned by the same people.

Tomorrow we get to have the privilege of expanding our knowledge at our first Political Science Conference! I will definitely post some more information about my trip.  Hhave a great weekend!

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