Florida adventures - UCF university
It's been a long drive from the Key West but finally we're back in Orlando. We still had a couple of days to explore the DisneyLand city. But we started not with the amusement park. But instead with something completely opposite of that.
Finally we're back. Time to check in in our hotel and keep moving.
Grande Lakes Orlando - Marriott. Very impressive.
Some of us (not me) got a room on the 25th floor. I guess you couldn't wish for a better view.
Sunset in Orlando. The city is huge and very green.
Rooms on the other hand were quite standard. Nothing special except for the view.
Time to rest. We've got a lot exploring to do in the morning.
The next morning we woke up and found that our cars didn't really fit the parking that well.
But anyway, roof down and lets go.
Since we've had a go pro with us we thought that the best place for it would be in front of the car.
Now we're ready.
Camera is ready.
Also found a huge crab car.
Our first destination was my friend Evija. She lives here and offered us to show the university where she studies - UCF. It's the third largest university in America. Should be impressive.
It's quite interesting driving through American city. You can see lots of interesting and weird stuff. Like cheap divorces for example.
Or an upside down house. I'll talk about it in my later posts.
And of course American flags. Everywhere. This does bring in an interesting mood.
Finally we've arrived at Evijas place. As it turned out Mustangs are quite popular here. Real Ford Mustang Club )
Now we have three ford mustangs and one Camaro.
All ready to go.
Driving with a new passenger.
Luckily we didn't have to travel far. So in about 5 minutes we were entering the University of Central Florida.
The university is huge. We are now officially driving inside its territory. It looks like a small town.
And as every town, it has lots of huge parking places.
Here is the main symbol of UCF - the knight.
Welcome welcome. Lets begin our tour.
You can walk around the territory all day long.
There is a shuttle bus that goes all around university.
In our case we needed a map to find the best route.
Free bibles sign. Many people are way too religious here.
First stop is the football stadium. I'm not sure if Riga even has this large stadium in town as they have in the university.
And here it is. Can you imagine that this stadium is built only for the university needs.
And the interesting thing is that when some games take place the stadium is full of students.
Our tour guide.
And this is another indoor stadium for volley, basketball and other sport games. Pretty impressive.
Lots of tennis courts. I think I could live here easily.
Another indoor facility. This time it includes volleyball, basketball courts as well as a lot of space for jogging.
Here you can run if it gets too hot outside as it is now.
Right next door is the gym which you can use anytime you want.
All the latest equipment, TV screens, loud music, I love it here.
Only thanks to Evija that we can appreciate and see all this. No visitors are allowed here, only students.
People are working hard. Studying is what you would call this.
And of course a huge climbing wall. Feel free to try if you wish. Of course only for students.
It has many different parks, and even a small forest.
Lots of American flags everywhere.
And of course the main symbol here. UCF knight.
This is the shopping and dining street. If you live here, you actually have no need to leave the university. They have everything you need.
Lunch time. Of course most of the cafes are fast food style. But still not that expensive and quite delicious.
Having lunch :)
Wall of fame. Evija is the main character there.
Met some of the Evijas colleagues. Everyone is so nice and cheerful.
I think everyone loves Evija here.
"Testing room" that way. As you would imagine no cell phones are allowed at any time.
Girts is trying out a new helmet. Fits right in.
We even were able to see the actual classroom itself. A little bit different from the ones that we have in Latvia.
Outside you can see people inventing different stuff, building cars, ships and other all kind of inventions.
Some kind of a boat. I guess it's ready for testing.
Here is the pool where they're gonna test their inventions.
This fountain is considered to be something like a center of the university.
Me and our guide :)
This university also has these emergency places. In case something happens you can always press a button and the local university police will arrive in minutes.
We were pretty shocked by this awesome student life. And then when we thought that it couldn't get any better it did. We went for the pool party.
Loud music, DJ, pool volley. I think I want to go studying again.
I think it was Friday lunch time. Not the weekend. And people are partying right in the middle of a working day. I think we've missed something in our university in Latvia.
Haven't seen girls being this happy in our universities.
Then we had to tweet about this event.
As a result we got these cool t-shirts :)
Loving student life here.
A new look :)
So this is the short summary of one of the Americas largest university. We were literally shocked and speechless. Still trying to figure out why the hell did I stay for studying in Latvia.
Special thanks to Evija who was kind enough to show us everything around here.