WILLIAM ABNEY

Will Abney

WILLIAM ABNEY

Professional student and teacher of Writing and Literature in Athens, GA. I love sports, languages, and travelling, and my life is best when I get to combine as many as possible! My wanderings tend to be solo, though I frequently meet up with friends that I've met on my previous travels. Some of my favorite things to do while travelling are eating local foods (though I'm sort of a picky eater), spending time in the outdoors, and seeing plays, musicals, or concerts. As a vexillophile, I like to collect flags from the countries I visit. I don't really get any other souvenirs for myself. I send TONS of postcards to my friends and family around the world, so give me your address and I'll send you one on my next trip. Some of my favorite photograph subjects are street signs, mountains, and odd angles of familiar (or even famous) objects. I'm a current MFA student in Creative Nonfiction at Bay Path University, as well as an alumnus of Mercer University (undergrad and Master of Divinity), the University of Georgia (master's in French), Texas Christian University (Master of Liberal Arts), Western Michigan University (master's in Science Education), the Ohio University (Master of Social Science), and the University of Arkansas (Master of Education).



North America » United States » New York » Buffalo July 18th 2021

Depending on what you want to do in Buffalo, it can take anywhere from a day to a week to see everything. I found some great architectural sights, amazing food, and opportunities to relax and watch the world go by during my 3 days in town. My main purpose this time was to see my beloved Toronto Blue Jays play an entire weekend series at their home away from home, Sahlen Field. But as a lover of travel and cool sites, I didn’t let that take up all my time. Here’s my run-down of the best (and not so best) things I enjoyed in the area. Sights, Vertical and Horizontal As dedicated readers of my blog will know, I’m a sucker for Art Deco architecture. If you love it as much as I do, then you ... read more
I always like good signage
Fire Station and Buffalo City Hall - beautiful Art Deco functional monuments
Art Deco friezes are the best


I’m willing to bet that many, if not most, travel writers from the US have been to Niagara Falls, at least once. This was my third trip, though it’s the first time I can remember seeing the American side of the Falls. But I’ll only get to my experience of the Falls later. Instead, I started out my journey in the northern areas of the Niagara region: Youngstown and Lewiston. Youngstown might just be my favorite little town in New York now. I had done a little research before going on this trip, and I discovered that there’s a FREE tourist bus that goes between the Falls in the south and Fort Niagara in the north, making stops at most of the touristy locations in between. My intention was to use that bus to get to ... read more
The Whirlpool with one of the tourist boats down below
Youngstown
The harbor at Youngstown is full of sailboats

North America » United States » Florida » St Petersburg July 10th 2021

Despite the purpose of this trip being sports related, I think the highlight was the Dalí Museum. I wasn’t even aware of its existence until I was looking for things to do before the trip, and it was the top-rated experience in St. Petersburg. It did not disappoint. I knew we wouldn’t really have time to do much aside from baseball, but it didn’t really make sense to drive over 4 hours just for a couple of baseball games, especially when you’re traveling with someone who doesn’t have any stake in the outcome of those games. Perhaps you’ve heard of sports tourism? For me, it’s the idea of using sporting events and locations as an impetus to travel. It’s worked well for the past few years when I’ve had an itch to go somewhere. And I’m ... read more
Exterior of the Dali Museum
Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln - Homage to Rothko (Second Version), by Dali
Dad contemplates The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory

North America » United States » Florida » Miami June 22nd 2021

This won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but Miami in June is hot. I’ve spent most of my life in the South, but I had always heard of the cool breezes and daily rain showers that kept Miami from being a sweatbox. Perhaps I just had a different idea of a sweatbox. Either way, I was always glad when I could find air conditioning. It took me 6 months to be able to do anything touristy in 2021, but now that summer has arrived, I’m looking forward to spending more time getting out and about. And yes, I am fully vaccinated, so barring some new variant (I’m looking at you, delta) or preventative measures, I’m going to be doing more traveling and writing in the next couple of months. Most of my faithful readers will ... read more
Calle Ocho, 8th Street in Little Havana
The struts for the dome, leading away from loanDepot Park
Colorful houses in Little Havana

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando December 26th 2020

Two things brought me back to Orlando for the third time in the past year: the color pink, and the chance to see what’s been called “America’s Team” in person. On top of that, I got to try some off-brand KFC that punished my body the next day, so that’s exciting. As with my previous two trips to the area, I didn’t do a lot of sightseeing. Disney and theme parks aren’t my thing, even when there’s not a pandemic going on. Still, it’s hard to escape the tourist-dependent landscape of central Florida, even when you’re not here for touristy purposes. While college football bowl games are normally a massive haul for tourism, 2020 has taken its toll on all of that. Unlike my previous bowl game in Montgomery, I couldn’t buy just a single ticket ... read more
The Cure Bowl: lots of pink!
The interior of New Texas Fried Chicken is something else
Dusk at Camping World Stadium

North America » United States » Alabama » Montgomery December 23rd 2020

I’ve heard December 23rd called “Festivus” for a while (thanks, Seinfeld), and in more recent years, “Christmas Adam” (as in Christmas Eve Eve) has become a thing. Whatever you call it, I found myself in Montgomery for the day, so I took advantage of the occasion to see as much of the Civil Rights heritage as I could. But as you might expect, that’s not the only reason I went down to the capital of Alabama. What else might bring me somewhere these days? Well… It’s the most wonderful time of the year: College Football Bowl Season! Did you think I was going to say Christmas or the holidays or something? I suppose they all coincide at this point, so that’s fair. But more than college football, the bowl season gives me incentive to travel and ... read more
Always a little awkward when you stare into someone else's eyes through the camera
My literal sack lunch at Mama's Sack Lunches
At the steps leading to the State Capitol in Montgomery

North America » United States » Tennessee » Knoxville December 19th 2020

Where did I go this weekend? Here are a few hints: a smokey dog, an iconic checkerboard, and a unique shade of orange. Still stumped? Before I tell you, let's keep it real for a minute. I saw a headline through the windows of the journalism building this morning that scared me: “AP News: New Covid-19 Strain Spreads Faster Than Previous Versions.” My heart stopped, wondering if I was unknowingly taking part in a new disaster movie. Much of 2020 has felt that way. But it’s not the disaster movie we all expected; most of us take precautions while others act like nothing is out of the ordinary. We’ve even got a new pair of vaccines being rolled out just in time for the holidays. But that doesn’t mean that everything has gone back to normal, ... read more
Harrison Bailey, freshman starting QB for Tennessee
At least some of the cheerleaders were there
Some juicy brisket (and tots) at Calhoun's BBQ in Knoxville

North America » United States » Wyoming » Laramie December 15th 2020

Seldom do I get so excited about a place that I don’t want to come back home, but Laramie, Wyoming, certainly accomplished that. While I was walking down Grand Avenue on Monday, I stumbled across some houses for rent and seriously considered calling the numbers listed, just to see what kind of prices I could expect. Simply put, Laramie has everything I could ask for in a place to live, including a lack of crowds. This trip only lasted 4 days, but it was my second experience in the area. This time only served to affirm my first impressions from 5 years ago. Before I get into my love affair with Wyoming, though, I need to get a few things off my chest when it comes to air travel in the time of Covid. Short answer: ... read more
Air travel in the time of Covid = Just say no!
Quite a claim to fame in Buford, WY
Abe offers a great place to take a break

North America » United States » Wyoming » Laramie December 13th 2020

No tourist attractions exist along the eastern flanks of Laramie. Everything you’d want to see as a tourist ends once you get to Wal-Mart on Grand Avenue on your way out of town. The interstate is only about a mile past Wal-Mart, but as I pass by, trepidation fills my chest. Am I really doing this? Am I actually going to see the site where Matthew Shepard was murdered on a cold night in October 1998? That seems like it happened so long ago now, but somehow it never gets old to me. Some things just can’t get old, no matter how often the subject comes up or how much time passes. It was a moment of clarity in my own young life, and in the lives of many others, from what I hear. The murder ... read more
The first road sign I saw in this residential neighborhood
An unexpected and unfortunate sign for any pilgrim who has come so far
Signs of life in this prohibited area

North America » United States » Wyoming » Laramie December 12th 2020

As with most of us in 2020, I wasn’t sure how things would turn out after all the pandemic and election nonsense derailed us for most of this year. One place I certainly didn’t expect to end up was Wyoming, but I nevertheless find myself in this great state for only the second time in my life. This trip has given me several firsts, and perhaps a minuscule claim to 2020 fame: I’m fairly confident that no other person outside of the ESPN world has attended a college football game this season for every conference that has permitted fans to attend. My game this week was at Wyoming, and it was my first snow game as well as my first game in the Mountain West Conference. (Which means I’ve now attended games in 2020 at ACC, ... read more
Breakfast at J's Prairie Rose Cafe is intense
The engineering building on the campus of the University of Wyoming
Wyoming's campus is seriously like a Christmas post card




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