Southern in: the U.S.A.


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About two and a half years ago, I decided that it'd be a good enough idea to sell everything and pack the rest, and embark upon a cross-country tour. I'd live in a different city every three months. I'd work in coffeeshops (and sometimes bars and restaurants) to pay my way. With this kind of gameplan, I would get to experience the local culture cultivated by all kinds of American cities. At first I moved through a couple cities in Virginia (including Richmond, the former Confederate capital), but things naturally weren't all that different than they were Back Home. And then there was Our Nation's Capital, gleaming and polished. What people don't often realize about DC, though, is that it's actually a very Southern city despite all the pomp and legalese. There are plenty...

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