The forgotten post: Atlanta

May 19, 2007

I realized not too long ago that I totally forgot to post up pics and whatnot about the trip to Atlanta. I only visited a few places in Atlanta because I was there for like two days or so. Enjoy the pictures!

If you guys didn’t already know, the 1996 Olympic Games was held in Atlanta, Georgia. So here are some pictures of the Olympic Park.

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It was a nice sunny day in Atlanta but my heart was gloomy. I left Chicago that morning and I hardly had any sleep. I was still trying to get over the fact that I didn’t know when would be the next time I’ll see my Robbie. So, if you think I look sad or smiling fake in some pictures, you know why.

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The 1996 Olympic torch

Walking in downtown Atlanta was a lot different than in Chicago or New York. There aren’t as many tall buildings or traffic jams and people seemed more laidback. I got excited when my cousin told me she was taking me to the CNN HQ!

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The CNN building from afar

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Getting closer

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And I’m there!

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The CNN building was so huge, decorated with flags of countries around the world. There is large food court when you walk through the main lobby. For a week day, the building was packed. I wondered if I would meet some CNN newsreaders but since I don’t have Astro to watch CNN, I wouldn’t know I met one if I did. You can tour the building by paying a fee of like $30. I thought it was quite a hefty penny to pay so we didn’t take the tour.

My cousin did pay for me to take a picture in the CNN newsroom. She called it a Christmas gift for me since I got her Grey’s Anatomy on DVD. ;) The portrait cost like $18 and I think it was worth HER money. If it were me, I’d do curency conversions in my head and refuse to get my picture taken. I’ll have to scan the picture to show you guys.

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Since we didn’t take the CNN tour, it was a short walk through the lobby and out the back door. Five minutes down the block we reached the famous Underground Atlanta. There wasn’t much to see though because it was just basically a shopping haven for tourists. There were lots of stalls selling souvenirs and food. I had my share of shopping in New York and Chicago that I didn’t buy much in Atlanta. I did buy a keychain and refriegerator magnets as it’s kind of what I do when I visit a place.

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I think I forced that smile. =S

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My cousin and moi

We also visited the Coke HQ and there was a Coke store inside the ground floor. I saw a Sprite t-shirt that looked really nice, with glitters and all, but it costed $50!!! Too expensive my liking. Actually, most things inside the Coke store was pretty expensive. I guess it’s sorta like a brand name in itself.

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I’m surrounded by Coke merchandise!

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Coke polar bears

There was this guy who was filling up a Coke vending machine that looked like the ones you see in old movies/TV shows. You popped in 4 quarters and out comes a bottle of Coke. Then you open the bottle cap and drink up. Nice cold refreshing Coke! Ahhhhhhhhhh.

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Drinking Coke the old-fashion way.
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Roadside flowers

Flowers seem to bloom much nicer at the Chicago Botanic Garden than that right? Okay, I’m just biased. =P

That was pretty much it for my first day in Atlanta. Just turbo-sightseeing I guess. Even though it seemed like a short day, but by the time we were done, it was close to 4pm and it was time to go back to meet my cousin’s kids. My cousin has 2 kids, a boy and a girl. I had so much fun playing with them. They are an adorable pair so check back for the next post.

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