13 Things Locals Want You to Know About Alabama





Adventures + Naps is very lucky to have another guest blogger! This week we hear from Chasa down in Alabama, United States. Enjoy!


Hello everyone my name is Chasa Fulkerson. I just recently started blogging about my adventures from all over! My blog is called Chasa Travels. So I am a bit of an amateur, but that’s what makes it fun! I am originally from Alabama so I thought I would tell you some misconceptions and just some general things Alabamians want you to know:

Wifebeaters: They are just white tank tops but they are associated with country folks sometimes.

1. We are not all redneck
You know overalls, straws hanging out of our mouth, wearing wife-beaters

2. We may talk slow, but that does not mean we are dumb!
We actually have some great schools here; Auburn University, University of Alabama and UAB, just to name a few.

3.Which reminds me FOOTBALL is huge here!
You are either an Alabama fan or an Auburn fan. Dare I say it….. ROLL TIDE.. sorry I am not much of a football fan.Alabama football logo

4. I don’t live in a tourist part of Alabama
But I have been told from other travelers that Alabama has some of the nicest welcoming people.

Walker County is originally where I am from, as I live in Shelby County now.

Walker County is originally where I am from, as I live in Shelby County now.

5. We are a very religious state
But don’t let that scare you off! You will see churches upon churches everywhere!

6. We have a bad rep for being racist and homophobic
As we are a very religious state, there have been some issues when it comes to gay rights. Hey! Luckily now everyone can be married! Not everyone from AL is racist or homophobic. We welcome anyone with a different ethnic background and any sexuality. But do please ignore the people who do have a problem with this, we are not all close minded! Some of us are actually very open minded.

The city of Birmingham, US.

The city of Birmingham, US.

7. No roundabouts here!
Okay I think I have seen two…. Yeah, there probably are more. Something you might want to do if you are going to be visiting is catch up on driving laws if you are going to be driving. You can turn right on red at a red light, but make sure you treat it like a stop sign, unless there is a yield sign. Oh, and if it is a one way street you can turn left on red! That’s a new one for me. Maybe just skip that last one all together, just wait till it turns green!

This is called Light Rails. It is an art piece installed. It is downtown Birmingham. It's a pretty cool spot.

This is called Light Rails. It is an art piece installed. It is downtown Birmingham. It’s a pretty cool spot.

8. We are not all farmland and countryside
Although we do have a lot of it! There are plenty of things to do in the state. But no matter where you are there is always an outdoor activity you can do.

9. We are not super big on transportation
In the bigger cities we have it, but we are not like Taiwan, London, or New York. Mostly everyone drives everywhere. Except if you live or work downtown, then maybe you are in walking distance. We do have a bus and train station. I don’t know many people who use our cab services.

 

10. We do loveeee our fried foods!
But we are not all fat.

Just a little bit of snow like this and everyone rushes out to get milk and bread!

Just a little bit of snow like this and everyone rushes out to get milk and bread!

11. The milk and bread conspiracy
This is what happens if we even get an ounce of snow. People rush off to get bread and milk. Every. Single. Time. So it is this ongoing joke with everyone in Alabama. Seriously the shelves are empty. To be fair we had some really bad snow/ice in 2012 (I think) and 2014. 2014 our interstates had to close and people had to abandon their cars! It was crazy! It’s also rare occurrence that we get snow, especially like in 2014.

12. James Spann
This is our weather man. Just mention the name. He is the man!

13. People are friendly
Do not be afraid if people nod, smile, or say “Hey, how ya doin’?” That’s just good ol’ southern hospitality. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of your surroundings though.

Drinking tip: 21 to drink.

I hope you were able to take something from this and come visit my beautiful state!