New York, heart of the United States, that=s where my friends and I landed. We decided that this will be the starting point for our trip. Well, one can not say it is a trip, because it is more like adventure, experience, .knowledge. As I said we landed in New York at nine A.M.. It was an extremely rough morning, all that baggage, all the suitcases, all those people. It is incredible how big Kennedy Airport is. Looking from one ennd you cant see the other. And it is so busy, so many people, everybody is running, screaming, god that was a bad morning. Finally we get outside get the cab and get the hell out of there. Our adventure was not planned as it was supposed to be, of course considering the week notice before we left. We got to the hotel, but there were no rooms, only suites that cost more than my car. So we left looking foor a place where we could stay for a couple of the nights. After good 2 hours walking through Manhattan, we find the Hyatt, where we decided to stay. It was pretty pricey, but who cares. We have five people splitting he
I opened my eyes, and here I am, Toronto Canada. Arrived late so my guess was to go to the hotel, and go to sleep, but no sleep for me. My friends took me to see a Toronto Raptors game; as they planned this all along, because they know that my favorite Raptors player is Vince Carter. The game started at 10:45 at night in the Air Canada Center, which was so amazing for me as I had seen a NBA game before in my life. After the game I finally got some sleep and was ready for new day. In the morning we went to downtown, got some food, and started familiarizing ourselves with the city. I could not believe that Canadians have Wendy=s there too! Big city, with a lot of new and big buildings. The most interesting area was around Bay and King street, because most of the skyscrapers appeared to be in that district. The Toronto City hall building caught my eye while I was passing it. I don=t know why, but its so cool. It is a building made out of two buildings forming a U shape. After that I saw Roy Thomson Hall, and that looks like a nuclear building made out of glass. It=s all round, getting thinner as it towers upwards. After that we finally saw the Sky Dome. It looks like a zeppelin factory that the Germans used to have after WW1. It is huge, and has a retractable roof that opens, but we did not have the pleasure to witness it move. The National Trade Center looked like high school, just on a much bigger scale. After that my buddies got hungry again, so we got some food around the CN Tower. Afterwards, we started exploring the tower. Because of its height when you get on the top of it, you can actually see all of Toronto city. The CN tower is 1815 feet tall and has everything you can imagine. Three restaurants, a movie theater, even a ride for children. But we could not do it because we were not 42 inches and smaller. Due to our latter arrival then most of the normal tourists, we did not enjoy the tower for more than an hour; but we were leaving Toronto anyways. It is seven o=clock now and we don=t know what to do in Canada anymore. But then we picked up a brochure that talked about the biggest university in Canada. After I read A The University of Toronto is Canada=s largest and most distinguished university@ everybody just stopped and looked at me. And then my friend says AHey, its Thursday and it=s the biggest University in Canada. I bet there=s mass parties going on tonight!!!@. We decided to go to the hotel, change and see what this university can offer us. We ended up at St. George campus, where is supposed to be around 42,000 students. Somehow we got to the College and Spadina st. intersection, and we see this huge party going on across the street. Of course we had to see what=s going on and how Canadians party. We just walked in and now we are the most popular kids in the whole neighborhood, that was something else. People were so nice and friendly there, I wish it would of been like that in New York; but hey, it was good times anyway. We woke up on the couch at the house where we were partying just in time to get back to the hotel and then airport.
We finally arrived in Vilnius. The capital of Lithuania; the place that feels like home to me. When we got here the whole town look dead, so we relaxed in our hotel lounge. After resting up a bit we went downtown, or what lithuanians call the old town. If you were to compare downtown Vilnius to downtown anywhere else, it would look empty. No skyscrapers, no big buildings, nothing! It is so quet and calm, yet elegantly beautiful. Huge Vytautas castle which sits of rolling hills, many 17 century buildings, roads made out of stone, the town just has kept its history. As we were walking by the white house located in town hall square, we saw Lithuanian president Valdas Adamkus going into black Audi A8. We tried to talk to him but with no luck, for his body guards simply hurried him into his car and drove away. Passed the white house was a huge white cathedral, the Lithuanians call it Cathedral quare. The area around it is covered with white stone, and the whole building is pure white with four story entry doors. When we got inside of the cathedral nobody appeared to be there, just the old ladies who sit there with nothing else to do but constantly gossip to each other. After an hour calming relaxation, we were off to see the castle of Vytautas the Great located right behind the Cathedral square. It was a cold day in Lithuania, but the vigerous walk to the castle warmed us up, due to its location on the top of the mountain. After our hike we went back to the hotel to relax and meet some of my friends. Everybody showed up and I mean everybody, and god it was good to see them! We did not waste any time and immediatly went to see the TV tower, the highest building in Lithuania. Reporting to be 1071 feet high, the ride to the top was painful. Because the elevator is so fast your ears start to hurt under the pressure. As we did not seem to be hungry, we did not go to the restaurant; but we herd that ir revolves 360 degrees in one hour. We went to the podium where we could enjoy the night view of the Vilnius. It was breath taking seeing river Neris and old town all lit up.