After my selection the girl, Bianca, choose Tepig, the type mine is strong against, while the guy, Cheren chose Snivy, the one mine is weak against.
I then battled both of them Bianca first then Cheren and won this put Pepsi nearly at level 7 already a good start, if you dont beat both i advise starting again that early experience really helps. After the battles the professor will give you a Pokedex, yes no stupid delivery to get it. Then she will send you out on your journey into route 1.
Bianca suggests a contest between the 3 of us to catch the most pokemon by the end of route 1. I caught a Lillipup, now named Frank, and a Patrat (rattata) and won the contest as they had only 2 pokemon at the end.
Passing through the next town i get to hear about team plasma, hmmm wonder if they are bad i mean the only other groups calling themselves 'team something' are bad, we will see. Then a guy called N turns up and wants a fight, with Pepsi now at level 8 and knowing water gun it was easy enough. time to push on and get to the first town.
Arriving at Striaton City i go and find the leader of the gym, he sizes me up and prepares a grass based attack as my starter is water, i need training and so head to dream land powering up Pepsi and Frank as i reach the end and get a Pansear (infernape) for my troubles but with Pepsi at level 13, frank at 11 and Infernape at 10 i need to get stonger, it would have taken over 30 battles to get to the level i wanted, in this area if not for finding out about moving grass.
By running up the side of a patch of grass i was able to see some moving and going into it engaging in battle with a Audino. beating on of these got me between, 115 and 225 experience and after finding a few, Pepsi was level 15, Frank was level 13 and Infernape was level 12 i was ready for the challange of the gym.
But then the power was low so that had to wait for another day....