Hello everyone. My name is Vitalik and I am 26. I am single and live in Toronto, Canada. Trying to survive the daily grind by working in the architecture field. Today you won’t see any of that but instead my little trip to Atlantic City and Philadelphia for a building conference.
I love to get in the car and drive for a long time since it is very peaceful. I try to go to US whenever I get a chance, since there are still some fast food restaurants or small differences in products that make the trip worth it.
Between March 28 and 31 I covered 2,000 km! But I will only show you March 29 when I spent part of the day in Atlantic City and other part in Philadelphia.
I wake up early at 6 AM since I thought I need time to get ready.
Still dark out!
A mandatory towel elephant here..
Getting ready. Trying to look like a typical professional!
I have some breakfast that they had for free. Also some wi-fi and news on TV but I had no time for that.
One of many license plates here in the parking lot. I naturally did not take New Jersey or Pennsylvania plates as it’s obvious they are the natives. Guess which one’s mine!
My folder with my resume and work is here. What if they give me a job? It never hurts to try.
The view of Atlantic City casinos in distance. Apparently it’s known as the las vegas of the east!
The main entrance gates
I’m in the right place!
Inside the convention center.
I go register and prepare my pass. It’s about 8:30 so I still have time to kill. It seems that Americans are very optimistic about the future. I admire this. Hence the slogan “Building is back in business”. They wouldn’t write that in Canada, where building has been in business for a long time now haha.
I don’t feel like driving so I better walk, into the casino jungle!
In case you forgot what the towers are called, here’s a friendly reminder.
I get to the beach. Finally!
It was windy and even though it was 9 AM it was very warm.
I was walking a bit more on the boardwalk when I decided it was time to get to the convention center.
Until I saw this.. I suppose a 3 pound baby is an anomaly in this part of town?
This is in case you get lost. It’s a small city and walkable in areas, but you still need a car if you want to get around faster.
It’s time to go back. The Atlantic City convention center is actually doing something to save energy. Not only they get lots of sun but lots of wind also. neat! I wish this was possible in Toronto!
Time to go to the conference
Someone is explaining how to do some wall stuff. Boring.
Engineers decide to kill the boredom by playing golf. How smart!
Time to go on a much deserved break. It was a nice show.
I go outside again and see this. Do not understand the point of these half-circle streets? Is it just so people can park? Then why not build a regular parking lot?
Well something familiar. I actually just went here to go on the wi-fi on my phone.
Me in the proper attire again! After this I wasn’t sure what to do. I got into my car to go for a short drive. I remember my dad asked me to check for liquor prices. I had to go to a nearest store because I know that Pennsylvania state did not have privately run liquor stores. (Similar to Toronto).
Does not seem like I drove too far.
Here is the store. I did not find prices to be that good. They were ok at best, maybe 2-5 dollars chaper for a bottle that I could find at home.
I went back to the boardwalk for some lunch.
Looks like a scene from Bosnia? You’d hardly see this in Canada, with the exception of perhaps Montreal.
And more waves.
And more beach.
What are the chances of two motorcycle cops pulling over two cars? I guess Motorcycle police is much more convenient as this city is so small.
It is time to go back. This is how the majority of working class neighbourhoods look like. Nothing special, these are obviously people working in the casinos or the tourism industry here.
Time to go back. The GPS thinks I will arrive in Philadelphia in 6:41? Why. It’s only one hour away from Atlantic City.
Hello! Camden!… Camden was rated as one of the top 5 dangerous cities in America for the last 10 years. Let’s say I don’t want to risk it and exit anywhere here.
Phew! This bridge separates Camden, NJ and Philadelphia, PA.
Some Americans don’t like Philadelphia as there are many prettier and bigger cities. I personally think while it’s not 100% perfect, this city has lots of potential.
I’m in the city, it’s getting to be around 5 PM now. This is Broad St. in the south side.
Some more of Broad St.
The quentissential image of America: The 24 hour diner. Unfortunately I didn’t grab a bite there. I was saving my appetite for the steak sandwiches!
I’m still walking around in the south side, trying to find some cheese steak sandwiches!
A little empty looking Washington Ave.
This is Passyunk square. I think I am close.. I can smell the cheese steak!
Yes I made it!
This was worth just the trip.
It’s getting late. I thought the poster was interesting.
Time to look for a place to sleep in a motel of some sort. I tried to avoid the dangerous areas, as it’s Philadelphia after all. But it’s all part of the fun for a guy like me. Hope you liked my day!
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