Taking in Our Surroundings

September 14th, 2009

We’ve arrived in sultry Savannah, Georgia — picked as a vacation spot largely on the basis of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It’s one of Josh’s favorites and I’m about half-way through. It’s fabulous.

As we’re getting settled, our big question is this: Did we inadvertently book a hotel in the Savannah ghetto?

The hotel itself is lovely. Big skylights over the atrium, nice spacious suite with a living room, TV, and fridge. But as we drove around last night in search of some late night snacks, we began to wonder a bit about our surroundings. Suspicious indicators included:

  • The big sign in the parking lot of the hotel, advising us not to leave any valuables in the vehicle.
  • The fact that we saw two patrol cops within about five minutes.
  • The presence of a huge pawn shop on a nearby corner.
  • The wall of bullet-proof glass separating us from the cashiers at the gas station.

That last one was probably the most compelling. I’d never seen anything like it. But the night was quiet — absent any sirens, gunshots, or other disturbances and the other inhabitants of the hotel that we met over breakfast were friendly, middle-aged tourists. So who knows.

We’re off to Tybee Island today. Itinerary includes a dolphin-watching cruise. Fingers crossed!

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