Atlanta Trip Report Day 1

We thought we will take a break on blogging about recipes and such — and will instead blog for the next two weeks of my business trips to Atlanta and London. There’s going to be a total of 34 hours of flying time in all! However, so not to turn off our blog readers, I will continue to blog about food.

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So, for the next four days, I will be in Atlanta, Georgia. You know what I hate most about going to the States? It’s getting thru US customs and immigration. Those guys have a perpetual scowl on their face. Treats everyone as either potential illegal immigrants or terrorists, if you ask me. Why, while queuing up to clear immigration, there was this young woman with her cute 5-year girl ahead of me. The little was bubbly and tried chatting with the immigration officer. You know what happened? The immigration officer upgraded his scowl to a growl — poor girl.

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I have always been proud to live in best city in the world (OK, the 3rd best city in the world this year but for a long time we were No 1). It’s so beautiful. We have everything within minutes from downtown — the sea, the mountains. The setting is just beautiful. Vancouver is about the only place in the world where you could sail, golf and ski on the same day.

In the foreground is the University of British Columbia. In many other cities, this piece of land would have been prime real estate but no, the forefathers of Vancouver had the foresight to reserve this for an university. Unless you are a Vancouverite, I bet you don’t know that there is a nudist beach right smack in the university. Never been there because they insists on fair-play.

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This is what I get on the trip. Three small pieces of biscuits and a soft drink. For $5, you can get some sandwiches or snacks. I’m not particularly hungry and made do with the drink and snack.

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We flew over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, just before I landed in Pheonix for a 1 hr lay-over. It was an awesome sight from the air.

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Instead of the normal neighborhood squarish blocks in most North American cities, the blocks in Pheonix was pretty interesting.

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The plane flew around this huge cloud formation looming just over Atlanta.

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That’s the Atlanta airport below. It is the busiest airport in the world. I am amazed at the size of the airport and all the plane movements all around the airport. It is so big that there is a seven station subway in the airport just to get from one concourse to another. It was really huge but damn ugly, if you ask me. I guess it’s built for efficiency not beauty.

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Here I am, in Atlanta, home of Coca-Cola, CNN and Home Depot. I didn’t get much of a chance to see the city.

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By the time I got to the hotel, it was pretty late. I took a walk to the Cumberland Mall and grabbed some food from the food court. Got the noodles plus two selection for $7.19 — including the drinks.

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There you go, told ya I’ll blog about food, didn’t I?

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