Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Road trip... To the hot, sunny, Southern US!

After my last days with ING Direct – the year really flew by! – I will finish my time in America with a trip to the Sunshine state: Florida, by driving there straight through the South.

Last Friday, my friend Paul arrived in Philly. After a weekend filled with sports (visiting the Flyers on Saturday evening, and watching the Eagles game in the Irish pub on Sunday afternoon) we started driving Sunday evening. After a hotel break in Virginia, we arrived in the Smokey Mountains Monday afternoon. This was a beautiful sight – the clouds in the mountains indeed makes it look like it’s ‘smoking’, and the snow on top of the trees in the highest area was beautiful! Unfortunately, many roads were closed in winter time because of icy conditions, so we drove off to our next destination.

We arrived in Atlanta GA in the evening. As a ‘Southern city with Northern influences’, the city has both the original old-Southern style houses, as well as a nice skyline. It was over 50 degrees in ‘Hotlanta’, which is known for two things: the CNN headquarters, and the Coca-Cola center. At CNN, we got a tour behind-the-scenes to see where the actual recording of their shows take place. Coca-Cola (which was found in Atlanta in the 19th century) created a huge museum in Atlanta, where you can see historical commercials, advertisement signs, and soda machines, as well as a 4D-theatre (where you not only see a 3D movie; it also lets you feel the wind and rain) and you get the opportunity to taste many different Coca-Cola products from around the world.

Atlanta was definitely fun for a day! However, not warm enough yet. So we’re in Florida now, to enjoy the sun for another week. To be continued!!