The time had come for me to leave New York. The next stop on my road trip was Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I was only there for a couple nights but I loved stumbling into Fall. Unlike my previous haunts, Pennsylvania, DC and New York, the South hadn’t committed itself to the wintery snow storms of the North East. In late November, most of the trees were still bursting with vibrant colors.
The long standing colonial architecture of the UNC Campus felt very collegiate and historical. Oh, the nostalgia of college. It happens to me whenever I'm on any university campus. You?
I was staying with a friend who is doing his residency at UNC. However, he lives in the neighboring town of Carrboro. We did most of our eating there. I don't have a lot of experience with southern cuisine but I can tell you this, there was nothing I ate that I didn't LOVE!
If you’re in the Carrboro area be sure to check out:
The food was amazing. Every Tuesday they have a $13.95 dinner deal where all of their main entrées are only $13.95. They usually run between $25-28. The menu looked so tasty we ordered 3 entrées between two people and traded plates every 15 minutes! Musical dinning anyone?
You know it’s the south when there is a fried chicken and biscuit sandwich on the menu. This place is perfect for brunch. However, it's cool if you show-up late because they serve breakfast until closing.
The little downtown area of Chapel Hill sits right next to UNC. It's an adorable and quaint college town.
I stopped in at the Ackland Art Museum. It’s free to the public and if their photography exhibition that was up this Fall is any indication of the talent their curators possess, it is WELL WORTH the visit. It was one of the most moving photography shows I have seen in years. I wish I could have snapped better photos.
Until recently, I wasn't as interested in photography as I was in other art forms. At UCLA, I leaned towards installation work and paintings. Now, I'm constantly taking photos for the blog and I find myself loving it. I have always had a good eye for art. Photography is challenging me to look in new and exciting ways.
After the exhibition, I continued to saunter around, soaking up the chilly fall day and peering into all the wonderful shops.
Unfortunately, I don’t have too many photos of the Carrboro area. My camera ran out of battery and I left my charger in New York. I’m such a space cadet and left a trail of things behind despite trying to keep organized.
It’s hard to be, more or less, living out of your car and having it stuffed to the rim with all your not-so-worldly belongings. The plus side of the situation is I had practically anything a person could need on hand. Wine opener? Cocktail mixer? No worries, let me just move some stuff around.
Have you ever done a cross country road trip? What were some of your biggest challenges? Where did you go? I'd love to hear about it.