Adventure is in the ATL.
As you can read under my "Aspirations" tab, I am living in Atlanta, GA this summer while I intern for Sharecare, Inc. Atlanta is a fun city with many things to do! So far, I have been able to cross the Atlanta Skyview, Atlanta Zoo, a Braves game and the College Football Hall of Fame off my list.
Today I went to the College Football Hall of Fame and had an absolute blast! I think it confirmed that, if I pursue a career in sports, it needs to be on the media side. As I posed beside the Heismann Trophy, I quickly learned that I do not look nearly as graceful with a stiff-arm as my favorite Heismann Winners (Tim Tebow and Steve Spurrier) do. If you ever have a chance to go to the College Football Hall of Fame, I highly recommend it!
When I found out I was going to be in Atlanta this summer, there was one thing that excited me more than anything else - major league baseball. I have never lived in a city with a professional baseball team, and although I am a Yankees fan, I was SO excited to cheer for the Braves this summer. At work, the interns were offered the CEO's tickets for a Thursday night game against the Boston Red Sox. So not only was I able to cheer for the Braves, but I also got to cheer AGAINST the Red Sox, which was great for a die hard New York Yanks fan.
The seats were second row right next to the Red Sox's dugout. (Check out the pictures in the slide show below). They were incredible! Food and drinks were complimentary and they served you so you never had to leave your seats, unless you wanted the fancy food inside. Personally - I'm happy with a hot dog and some peanuts at a baseball game. Shrimp and corn on the cob was a bit over the top for me. Even with the Braves losing, it was an unforgettable night with my coworkers.
The previous weekend, I visited the Atlanta Zoo. Aside from the insanely hot temperatures, it was very fun! The must-see exhibit is definitely the pandas. They're always eating! (A lot like me... I could easily relate to loving good food.) Unfortunately, we missed the feeding time for the giraffes. I definitely plan to return and feed the giraffes before I leave at the end of the summer!
Just two days before my zoo adventures, I met one of my sorority sisters at Atlanta's famous restaurant "The Varsity." I hadn't been to The Varsity in years and was heartbroken to discover they took chicken fingers off the menu. Regardless - you have to go to the varsity if you come to Atlanta. From there, we decided to go to Atlanta Skyview, the ferris wheel in Midtown. There is a Groupon for a date night where you receive reduced ticket prices for two AND a box of chocolates. Who can beat that kind of deal!? We ended up having a wonderful night and experiencing horrific Atlanta traffic. (Kenny Chesney, Kevin Hart & AWOLNation were all performing within a two block radius.) This was a great kickoff to summer and a night I will never forget with a very special friend!
There is so much to do in the city of Atlanta and I am so excited to continue adventuring! I can't wait to take a tour of the CNN center, attend more Braves games, day trip to Chattanooga and explore the Aquarium. I have just over one month left and I hope to make the best of every single moment!
Donna Hill Howes
6/29/2015 02:57:42 am
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Danielle Barilla is a graduate of the University of South Carolina currently living in Myrtle Beach where she works as a television news producer. As lover of game 7s and Olympic golds, she often roots for the underdog, which comes natural to her as a Charlotte sports fan. However, her New York/championship roots show through when she cheers for the Yankees. She loves binge watching sitcoms and teen dramas on Netflix, eating Asian food and getting too aggressive over SEC football.