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A Tourist At Home By: Emily Haney | Photography: Emily Jenkins

Whether you find yourself stuck in the same routine or crunched for time, the day has arrived to take a study break and branch out a little. Adopting the mindset of a tourist can help. A tourist is always travel ready with a camera in hand and tries to visit all the top attractions in a week or less. The goal is to see as much in as little time as possible. If you develop the tourist mindset where you live, you can get more than a glimpse of a place and experience all the popular spots and then some. If you’re looking to find more where you live and become a tourist at home, here are some places to start.

GO TO A SHOW:

A night of music, theater or comedy is waiting for you. In Athens, the comedy scene can be a little difficult to locate. However, on certain nights of the month, bars like The World Famous host stand up events. “I went to one show there called The Good Stuff. The place was packed, but I had a good time,” says Maureen Sheeran, a sophomore journalism major from Atlanta. “It was a good way to unwind after a long day and just laugh.” The World Famous even has a stage side of the venue that can be closed off to accommodate events like stand up. With the list of entertainment venues in Athens being so exhaustive, there’s a show for everyone.

TRY A NEW RESTAURANT:

Every corner you turn in Athens, there’s a different restaurant. The trick is to find one that fits your tastes. If you’re looking for a pizza place that isn’t a chain restaurant, Automatic Pizza is the spot for you to fulfill those cheesy cravings. “It’s kind of the same style as other Family and Friends performs at the Georgia Theater at Athfest in Athens, Georgia on June 15, 2015.

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pizza places,” says James Shefer, a senior education major from Lawrenceville. “You pick your toppings and such, but it’s crisper and more of an Italian Style.” Only one of the many restaurants located in Athens, Automatic Pizza offers an intimate dining experience with affordable food options. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, try one of Athens other great restaurant options.

GET TRADITIONAL:

Seeking out your town’s traditions can be a way to get up close and personal with the roots of your town. Locating traditions has been made easy in Athens thanks to the UGA Alumni Association’s G Book, which is chock full of traditions. One of the traditions that you can work on completing any day of the year is locating the decorated bulldog statues around the city and taking a picture with each one. If you’re feeling extra creative, bring props along or do a different pose for each photo. With over thirty-six statues residing in Athens, this is not an easy feat, but you are sure to produce some amusing photos. Crossing items off a list of traditions can be a great way to experience another side of a town.

UGAzine Spring 2016  
UGAzine Spring 2016  
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