Will Abney


Professional student and teacher of Writing and Literature in Athens, GA. I love languages and travelling, and my life is best when I get to combine the two! 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. I like to collect flags from the countries I visit, which I believe makes me a vexillophile. 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 an alumnus of Mercer University (undergrad and seminary), the University of Georgia (master's in French), Texas Christian University (Master of Liberal Arts), Western Michigan University (master's in Science Education), and now I'm pursuing a Master of Social Sciences degree from Ohio University.

North America » United States » Florida » Miami Beach March 12th 2019

So it finally arrived--the entire reason I had planned this trip. We went to South Beach to see the largest concentration of Art Deco buildings in the world. It's probably weird to say that we went to South Beach for any reason other than the beach or for shopping or anything associated with beach vacations. And that's not to say that we didn't do either of those things. We did get in some beach time, we got some food from one of the local restaurants, and we even bought a few supplies at a store. And I did the touristy thing and got a Starbuck's drink as we were about to leave. But the primary purpose for visiting was also the primary purpose for this trip: checking out the Art Deco. The voyage down from West ... read more
dipping our toes into the Atlantic on South Beach
Art Deco in South Beach
The view down Ocean Avenue

North America » United States » Florida » West Palm Beach March 11th 2019

I decided to wait until after our second game of MLB Spring Training before posting about both of them, so I could compare them for my faithful readers. Our first game was on Saturday night in West Palm Beach: the Washington Nationals' home stadium for Spring Training, called FitTeam Stadium. The second game was on Monday afternoon in Jupiter: the St. Louis Cardinals' home stadium for Spring Training, called Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The first stadium was pretty new, and it was a great venue for baseball. The second game was at an older stadium, and the sun definitely made it a less pleasant experience. This was my first time experiencing MLB Spring Training. I used to be a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves, but then life became too busy to go to games on ... read more
Hello, Nationals
Our view of the action at FitTeam Stadium
Definitely an older stadium

North America » United States March 10th 2019

One of the stupid things about life is Daylight Savings. And we got to experience it on this trip. Fortunately for us, we got to experience it during the first weekend of Spring Break instead of the last, so our bodies get a whole week to acclimatize to the new time before actually being back on a schedule. So we were expecting things to shift forward an hour. I will say that I had figured incorrectly about the time the sun would rise; I was thinking it would rise an hour earlier, but I was very happy to get another hour of darkness in the morning, since my body thinks it's time to get up as soon as it sees the sun. So that was a very pleasant surprise. What I was NOT expecting was for ... read more
ridiculous festival date
One of the Art Deco buildings in Hollywood, FL
One of the Art Deco buildings in Hollywood, FL

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando March 8th 2019

So it's Spring Break time, and this year I decided that it was time to do the stereotypical thing for the week: head to south Florida. Specifically, I'm finally going to check out South Beach, but not for the party scene or even for the beach life. It's home to the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world. And my loyal readers will remember how much I am in love with Art Deco. That is my motivating factor, and I was able to convince my buddy Jack to take the trip with me. It turns out that he has relatives in the area, so we're not going to have to pay for any lodging for the time we're in the Miami area. That's even more motivation to go to this destination. The first two ... read more
Welcome to UCF
My new Spring Break hat
Photographic evidence of our venture into Spectrum Stadium

North America » United States » Idaho » Boise December 22nd 2018

So we made it to Boise (pronounced BOY-see by the locals) and had a really good time. Truly, this was one of the best American cities I’ve ever visited. They are apparently known for being the “most livable” city in America. If there was an impetus for this entire trip, then I suppose it would be the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl that we attended on Friday. My alma mater, Western Michigan, was playing against BYU in this game. When I first saw that this was our bowl destination, I was not particularly thrilled. Living in Georgia, I have really no easy/inexpensive way to get to Boise, Idaho. But when I decided to make it a bigger trip than just a bowl game, and to invite someone along for the ride, then attending the game became much ... read more
Campus signage
Some fun at the campus store
The river walk at Boise

North America » United States » Utah » Logan December 20th 2018

The third day of our trip saw us visit our third college football stadium: Utah State University in Logan, Utah. And frankly, the third time was definitely the charm. This school had the best stadium views of any of the schools we visited in Utah. They all had mountains to be seen, but the ones at Utah State were the highest, the snowiest, and the best, in both our opinions. We visited Logan on the way from Salt Lake City to Boise. For those of you looking at a map, it might not appear to be directly on the route between these two cities, and you would be correct. But it was only about 25 minutes added to our trip, and since I don’t know whether I will ever be in this part of the country ... read more
Our favorite stadium view of the trip (with some bull horns)
Looking up the tall hill to USU
With the USU bull

North America » United States » Utah » Provo December 19th 2018

Provo was an adventure. It didn’t really start out that way, but the possibility was there, and we took it. The biggest thing, or perhaps I should say the longest or highest thing, was hiking to the Y on Y Mountain. I had seen that it was a ‘thing’ to do in town, but I wanted to see for myself how feasible it was before I committed to doing it. While we did other things in town, that was the most time-consuming. We left Salt Lake City after the organ recital in the Tabernacle. The drive from Salt Lake City to Provo was all interstate, but the views were magnificent. I guess we still haven’t gotten used to the mountains being everywhere. It was less than 45 minutes to get there, and our first stop was ... read more
Yumminess at the BYU Creamery
Looks so simple
here we go

North America » United States » Utah » Salt Lake City December 19th 2018

What to say about Utah? Lots. But before we get to that, let me tell you how we got here. I realized early on that if I was going to plan this trip, it was going to be a lot more fun if I invited someone along. And I also realized that I was going to be spending basically the same amount of money while I was here, whether I was alone or with someone else. Because hotels and rental cars don’t care if it’s just one person using their service, or two. The only thing that would take extra money was the flight out to Salt Lake City, and once I found cheap flights, it was pretty easy to ask someone to come along. Enter my friend Nick. His only task was to get us ... read more
Olympic site near Rice-Eccles Stadium
Rice-Eccles Stadium, home of Utah football
University of Utah, the better "U"

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal July 7th 2018

Time to pack it all up and head back home, I guess. And watch some England-Sweden in the World Cup. I have enjoyed some of my time in Montreal, so I'm glad I made the trip. And I know that the heat wave has obviously affected my experiences, but Montreal has not been my favorite Canadian city. I enjoyed it last time I was here, but it was only for 2 days and with a friend. This time, 5 days and solo travel didn't go as well as I had hoped. All that to say, I will be happy to be back home. One of the things that I do enjoy about solo travel is being free to make my own plans. And yesterday was a great example of one of those days. In fact, I ... read more
Botanical Gardens: art deco!
First view of the Chinese section of the Botanical Gardens
Japanese section of the Botanical Gardens

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal July 5th 2018

I always enjoy learning new vocabulary words when I travel abroad, especially when they're immediately useful. But la canicule is not one of those words I wish I had to learn. Another thing I learned from the Biosphere park today was the origin of the Humidex, something I had heard about in my previous Canadian adventures but just thought was a weird way to refer to what we call the "heat index" in the States. It was also 'fun' to find out how that whole system works--I had no idea how those forecasters got the heat index, but now I know the way it works. So, in Fahrenheit, the temperature made it up to 91 (though I saw at one point on my phone it was 95), and the heat index was 110. I'm still in ... read more
Votive Chapel (art deco!) at the Oratoire St-Joseph
"Sidewalk closed": a very common sight around Montreal
view from the Observatoire Ville-Marie

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