Our first month in Savannah had come to an end, faster than expected, and it was fun, weird and exciting as we hoped it would be. As we did after our first month in Oviedo, we completed a small self-survey of our experience, to share our initial impressions of the city.
Mike: Kayaking on Tybee Island, and especially climbing up onto the Cockspur Island Lighthouse
Jürgen: Getting out of the car on the day we arrived and seeing the Spanish moss for first time.
Our meal at the Pink House was so far the culinary highlight; I was in love with the flounder.
The artsy, hipster, liberal population of Savannah; perhaps I hadn’t done my homework properly, but the influence of SCAD totally took me off guard.
Jürgen: How well the weather has kept up. It seems like it’s always sunny!
I appreciate the party atmosphere in Savannah, and totally approve of To-Go Cups, but the bar scene on River Street wasn’t as fun as I’d hoped, with obnoxious tourists getting very drunk, very early in the evening.
Jürgen: Perhaps not a disappointment, but an unpleasant surprise was the Savannah Stink, provided by the paper factory.
Funniest / Weirdest
I went into the “Health Clinic” near our house to ask for a doctor’s appointment, and the woman at the desk looked me up and down. And then in a sardonic tone, she said, “We do abortions here, honey.”
Jürgen: We took a ride with a taxi driver, who was also a frustrated poet, and he wouldn’t let us leave us car until we had read and commented on his poetry. Only in Savannah!
How Expensive? From 1 (cheap) to 10 (expensive)
7; Savannah is a tourist town, and it shows in the prices of the museums and the more touristy restaurants. But overall, it’s not any more expensive than other spots in the US, and the squares are free!
Jürgen: 7; if you know where the locals eat, good food doesn’t have to be expensive.
People from Savannah are…
an eccentric lot, but very open to strangers. And talkative!
Jürgen: People here are very friendly and really want to talk to strangers. Being from Germany, where people are a bit colder, I don’t necessarily respond well when people standing next to me at the urinals start chatting me up.
Savannah in Three Words
Unconventional, Mossy, Haunting
Jürgen: Charming, Clean, Photogenic