The weather has begun to cool down, the leaves on the trees are changing colour and midterm exams are over. This only means one thing in the land of an American university, Fall Break! Although it is only four days long, it is a time to relax and for me, time to see America.
As around 95% of the people who live here at college escape back home to see their family and friends, myself and about 20 others remain on campus. Along with a few friends, fall break was time to finally see what is around me in South Carolina. Day one began with an adventure to the nearby city of Greenville. After a recommendation, my friend and I visited the Fall for Greenville Food Festival. Thousands of people wandered the streets of downtown Greenville, discovering what each of the stalls had on offer. I came across an Indian stall that was selling the most amazing smelling curries. I’m not sure if it’s the lack of Indian food I’ve consumed in the last 2 months or if it really was superior food, but these curries tasted incredible! It was simply a spice and flavour party in my mouth! This meal seriously fulfilled my 2 month craving for a good old Chicken Curry with some delicious Naan Bread. Mmmmm!!
As we made our way through the festival, I couldn’t help but think we were in a mini New York. From the buildings, to the yellow traffic lights, to the diversity of food and the abundance of trees lining the streets, I felt like I was back in the Big Apple. Greenville also has beautiful stores throughout the downtown area, which contain unique little knickknacks. Whilst exploring the beautiful little city we came across this absolutely enourmous waterfall in the centre of town! It was simply breathtaking.
On day two of my fall break adventure myself and a few friends ventured on a road trip up to Charlotte, North Carolina. With a huge desire to go to a major city once again, I was really looking forward to this trip. When we arrived we were surrounded by sky scrapers (well not really surrounded, but in comparison to the one ten story building in the South Carolina town I’m living in, there was a lot of them and they were huge). The streets were lined with these beautiful yellow and white flowers, which popped and filled the city with life.
As the weather cools down a trend that has become apparent to me is drinking a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. As I walked through the streets of Charlotte I thought it was the perfect time to jump on this band wagon and finally try this infamous drink. To much disappointment, after the third sip it just kept getting worse and ended up in the bin. I’m sorry America, I’m just not too sure how you can drink this.
This much needed break gave me time to relax and finally explore what is around me. After Fall Break I can honestly say I’m surrounded by some incredible places.