For one of the least exciting road trips ever, the road trip crew traveled out to ATL. Originally, we were planning to go to New Orleans, and stop by ATL on the way, but that ended up being too far, so we just went to ATL. Honestly, I don’t see what all the hype is about. We tried to check out all the big spots in downtown, but apparently all the real action isn’t even in the main city. Thanks.
We ended up cutting our trip short and heading back early. We stopped by UNC Chapel Hill on the way back and checked out the campus. The campus and the whole city had a really strong similarity to UVA and Charlottesville, same type of vibe. It was a nice way for us to end the trip on a positive note.
Mar 18, 2008
We visited the Coca-Cola factory in ATL. It was basically a waste of time and money. Much like Hershey Park in PA, it’s one giant ad campaign for their company and products, except without the roller coasters. The only interesting part of the Coke factory was this section where you could taste the different soda’s Coke makes for each of the regions in the world, b/c they tailor the flavors to what the people like. In theory, this sounded amazing, but in reality, everything was pretty gross, except the stuff from North America.
This picture shows Tayeeb standing in front of some pretty amazing artwork in the lobby of the Coke factory. The staircases lead to the various exhibits they have setup.
The Coke Factory had a movie they showed, which they gave out these 3D glasses for. The movie was really lame, another long-drawn Coke advertisement about how their formula is so special and unique and blah blah. I just like how Tayeeb represented DC down in ATL, yea boi.
Another famous spot in ATL is Centennial Park, where the Olympics were held in 1996. At one of the entrances to the park, they have these little canopy-type gateways with the flags of the countries that participated.
This was a sign that hung at another entrance to the park. I can’t even imagine how dull this city must’ve been before the Olympics rolled through.
Red Bull happened to be in town the same week as us, showing off some amaaaazing pictures with their Illume tour. They had giant cubes set up all through the park, which turned out to be TV screens, and they displayed pictures from various extreme sports. Check out the link see the pictures for yourself, I thought they were incredible.
The next day, we left ATL and headed back towards home. Coincidentally, the day after we left downtown ATL was hit by a massive hurricane, destroying much of the downtown area, especially major buildings like the CNN headquarters and the Phillips Arena. There was actually an NCAA bball game going on in the arena at the time the storm hit. I don’t think anyone was seriously hurt. but there was major damage to the buildings in the exact area where these pictures were taken. Of course, we’re happy we didn’t get caught in the hurricane…but, I still feel like maybe the whole trip woulda been more exciting had we gotten to see something like that. Mixed Feelings, sorry ATL.
We stopped by Chapel Hill, NC on the way back and visited UNC. Everything was pretty much closed because of spring break, so we just wandered around and looked at the buildings. This is a clocktower that stands tall in the middle of campus.
I think this was closer to some of the dorms. We were just chillin in this nice little area near a park. Afterwards, we went out into the city to eat. Everyone was so incredibly nice, and the food was pretty good. Overall, it reminded me SO much of Charlottesville. Seems like a great place to live and go to school.