For my surprise North Carolina is called “The Triangle” form by the cities of Raleigh and Durham and the town of Chapel Hill, where the University of North Carolina is (UNC).
Chapel Hill is the town of fraternities. In the center of one of the UNC parks we found a tree that was planted before the University was built and which was decided to be preserve. Once they thought the tree was going to die so they took a branch from it and replanted few inches ways. Today you can admire both trees. The campus combines history with elegance and tons of open spaces that are put in good use.
The “Unsung Founders, Bond and Free” memorial is table made of stone with men holding the actual stone. I found it really inspiring to be use in the middle of the campus. Its inscription reads “The Class of 2002 honors the University’s unsung founders, the people of color bond and free, who helped build the Carolina that we cherish today.”
The city of Durham has clearly a food truck scene that is growing, not only you can go to the farmer’s market on Saturdays but some of the restaurants began as food trucks such as The Parlor handmade ice-cream shop. LoMo stands for Local and Mobile, an student project became reality with the initiative of combining the local farms with the truck culture. The vegetables in season are potatoes and kale.
In general North Carolina is know for the tobacco. I learn that it all began when the European’s spread the rumor that the best tobacco could be found in Durham and generate a hole culture related with cigarettes that continues until today, where you can still see some of the factories. The city is also related with the first hospital that attended people of color. Durham is famous for the baseball team “the Durham Bulls”.
Raleigh is the hipster town, but in the sense of getting free entry to the museums and finding lots of cool dive bars among four blocks aways from each other. But got to know the people from Crank Arm Brewery, not only they decorate the brewery themed with bicycles, but besides wonderful human beings, they know their beers, are not afraid to experiment with the flavors, and usually they are right.
According to Krespe Kream website on July 13, 1937 “Vernon Rudolph bought a secret yeast-raised doughnut recipe from a New Orleans French chef, rented a building in what is now historic Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC, and began selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to local grocery stores”.
The Cherry Blossoms are showing up and the weather allows you to go hiking. Oh North Carolina… is nice to feel some freshness sometimes.
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