Southern Culture Tour, Day Three: Annel Gonzalez

After a couple of days of educational travel, our learning turned more formal.

This morning began with a wonderful experience at the Georgia Political Science Association Annual Conference. For starters, Deanna Tyler and I decided to attend a Criminal Justice Panel. We were delighted when we found out that we were the only two audience members at the first early morning presentation, which gave us the opportunity to speak to Charles Ubah from Georgia College and State University about his research.  He spoke about crime in an era of unprecedented globalization and global threats, explaining these trends have created easy access to weapons, and massive flow of technology and money. Our time with him allowed us to fully understand his paper and what it was he was trying to accomplish.

We got a real feel for what the city of Savannah holds and how it all began when we took a trolley tour.

Old Town Trolley

Among my favorite stops was the St. John the Baptist Cathedral. The Cathedral was absolutely breath taking. I was in awe of the detail in the paintings, windows, and statues of saints.

St. John’s Cathedral

My second favorite was the Johnson Square, which holds a statue of Nathaniel Green, second in command to George Washington during the American Revolution.

I was intrigued by the stories told by our tour guide of Flannery O’Connor when we visited her childhood home. I found O’Conner to be quite fascinating. I am looking forward to reading more of her stories and researching more about her!

The Garden Behind Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home

One of the most wonderful evenings of our trip so far was the sunset at Tybee Island. We got to walk along the beach and collect seashells after climbing to the top of the lighthouse.

The Junior Fellows Atop the Tybee Lighthouse

There were so many steps that about half way to the top my legs started to feel numb and I was out of breath! The long, tiring climb was worth it when we finally reached the top and got caught a glimpse of the view. The beach was beautiful!

Junior Fellows on Tybee Beach at Sunset

Our work out was probably in our best interest because after our trip out to Tybee Island we had Dinner at Lady & Sons—Paula Deen’s Restaurant.

Paula Deen’s Restaurant

I had an all-you-can-eat buffet and enjoyed a scrumptious dinner that included sweet tea, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and banana pudding for dessert. The best part of our time at dinner though had to be watching how happy Deanna was the entire time!

Taken as a whole, the day was one part formal education, one part informal education, and a whole lot of fun!

 

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