Hey Everyone! Today is the seventh day of our STN Trip. Today was a very eventful day. We went to CNN, World of Coca-Cola, and then finally the aquarium. Some of our classmates are still under the weather so I was sad that I didn't get to spend the day with them. First we got breakfast on our own. I went with my room to the M store and got a yogurt parfait. We all met in the lobby and walked to the World of Coca-Cola. That place was huge and really interesting. When we first walked in, they gave us a complimentary bottle of Coca-Cola! Inside, we met a worker named Amelio who was kept us entertained. He explained a brief history of Coca-Cola. Then we walked into this tunnel where it was a timeline of the history of the soda. We even played a game where you'd wave your hands to do things in the graphics. After the game we walked into this room that was the vault of the secret recipe. It produced the illusion that we were in a coke bottle itself and it was filling up to the top. It was really cool. Then, the walls shifted and a big vault appeared. We weren't allowed to walk past this red line though. We exited the vault and took photos with the Coca-Cola's Polar Bear. I took one with Kaycee. The polar bear had red eyes. Then, we went into this exhibit called Bottle Works. It showed us the process of how they made the glass bottles and how it was packaged. After the exhibit, we went into the Pop Culture exhibit. Get it, 'Pop' culture. It was full of Pop Art. This was probably my favorite part of the whole place. There was even a couch from American Idol in the room! I liked the cool sculptures and art on the walls and how they creatively included Coca-Cola in it. We watched a 4D Show next. Being 4D, the chairs moved and it sprayed water on your face! The show was all about finding the secret recipe to Coca-Cola. After the 4D show, we went to this area where you could taste different flavors of Coke from around the world. They tricked me into trying this one soda called 'Beverly' from Italy. It tasted like the worst medicine, literally. I tried other flavors from Germany, Mexico, and other countries. They all had their unique flavors, but I think I prefer the classic regular Coke the best. They gave us another complimentary Coke but this one in a glass container. We then proceeded to the gift shop where I got some souvenirs. We then quickly walked to CNN for our tour. Apparently, the escalator there is the longest one in the world! It's even in the Guinness World Records. After the long escalator ride, we had our tour from our guide named Aleese. She showed us this area where you can see the controls from the control room. It was basically like a more complicated version of our morning announcements. They had jobs similar to ours at school, a technical director and a director. The individual cameras were called routers. They had preset and aired cams, which is like our preview and on settings. They don't edit anything because it'd take too long-that 7 second thing is a myth! We visited other places at CNN where we could see the people work. We saw an anchor, and their breaking and featured news section. They were all busy and hard at work. They even brought us to a replica of a news anchor area. They had a TelePrompTer, which reflects the Anchor's script onto the screen of the camera so that they can make eye contact with the audience at home. They had a really cool magic screen. With the flick of some switches and the press of buttons, the wall retracted up and could change into different things. There was a TV that was a bit like a big iPad and a green screen, too. Kallen volunteered to be our weather man and even wore an invisible cloak like how they do it in Hollywood Movies. The tour ended and we got lunch. I, of course, got Taco Bell. We then had a choice between the Georgia Aquarium and the College Football Hall of Fame. We all decided on the aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium was the #1 in the US and #2 in the World. It was pretty big. When we walked in, there were exhibits on all sides. We went to the first exhibit called "Ocean Voyage". It was about sharks. There was a huge tank about the size of a football field (according to the worker). I even got to touch baby sharks and a baby stingray. They were slimy and hard. After that we went to other exhibits that were of different types of fishes. One of the exhibits had penguins! There was a tunnel that you crawled through to get to a little pipe section where you'd be ground level with the Penguins. This was my first time seeing one in real life! We then went to this dolphin show. There were a lot of dolphins and trainers and they all performed neat tricks. After another exhibit, we went to the gift shop and then headed back for the hotel. We went to subway for dinner and then spent the rest of the day packing up our things. Tomorrow we leave for NJ/NY! Let's hope for good health and a safe travel there! Today was a fun day and I hope that New York will be too!
Hi! I'm Alaysia Navor, a third year student in the CKTV Media Productions class. I'll be publishing 2 blogs each week, posted to the left. You can also check out the tabs, "Inside Scoop" and "Projects" for some of my other work.
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