Blog: Philly to Wilmington, March 30th
-Went to a Fliers game and tailgate
-Tried Crab-fries and a Philly Cheesesteak
-Checked out a free concert at the Kimmel Center
-Checked out more sites (Reading Terminal Market, Rodin Museum, Fairmount waterworks, Washington Monument, ect.)
-Did some urban exploring and found a awesome tire swing
-Went to a raging party and went out to a club called the Barbary
The Long Story:
My second day in Philly I had the opportunity to go to a Fliers game!
Thanks to my host and their friends Mike and Bridget I was invited to participate in a real Philly tailgate party and Fliers game. Mike and Bridget, just like Ailsa, we're very kind and welcomed me to their party as if I was family. Even though they only had two extra tickets and there were three of us, they decided to buy my ticket so that I could see the game. They bought us beer and snacks and we had an awesome time watching the game! Such kindness!
Later that night me and Ailsa went to go relax at a bar with some of her friends Shin and Sarah. They are awesome people who helped me get home after a night of drinking. Sarah, the prettiest girl I had seen in the city, even let me use her bike back home, my first time riding one in the city. I went to sleep exhausted but smiling looking at the ceiling not nearly believing how awesome this world is.
My last day in Philly was just as amazing. On the third day I had a chance to check out a concert at the beautiful Kimmel Center with my host, go site seeing, and go to a raging party.
The day started off by going to a concert downtown at the Kimmel Center. The center which had a 5 or 6 story ceiling made mostly in glass. Inside the glass structure laid buildings cast in fine wood, bringing a true feeling of elegance. The music was soothing, it brought goose bumps to my skin, I really enjoyed it. After the concert my host went off to do errands and I went out to explore the city.
I was pretty hungry so the first thing I did was find the Reading Terminal Market because I heard it was the place to get some food in the city. That it definitely was. What was once a train station got turned into the wildest food market I have ever feasted my eyes on. Like an indoor bazaar, the market had every single type of food you could imagine. It was crowded, really crowded, you had to slide against people to get anywhere in the station. After cruising around I finally decided that I wanted to try my first Philly cheese steak. It took over a half an hour to get my food but it was well worth it! There was even a picture of Obama buying a steak from there restaurant on their window.
Afterwards I went around to check out fountains and monuments. I eventually made my way to the Rodin Museums which housed reproductions and actual sculptures from Augustine Rodin, the famous sculpture. Inside I spent an hour looking at the sculptures and listening to people talk to me about the different pieces.
Throughout the day I couldn't stop think about what made this people so grand, to be cut in marble and clay, to be cast in bronze. What make someone revered amongst their peers?What does it take to leave a lasting impression to be cut into the sands of time?
After looking around at the the different sites, I headed back towards Ailsa's place but took a small stop to check out a tire swing I found in the city. I had to climb up a wall and over a fence to get to it, but it was well worth it. Up top I was met by some other urban explorers checking out the site as well. We had a good time hanging out and messing around, climbing up on to the tower where the swing was hoisted and gazing admiring the city. After telling the guys what I was doing one of them called me their muse, a little strange, but I guess it was a bit flattering.
Later that night Ailsa had some friends over to celebrate her birthday. Shin, Sarah, and some new faces showed up to celebrate her special day. We went to a club that was raging, we all danced the whole night and left with sweat and booze drenched into our clothing. Awesome.
Waking up the next day with a hang over, I said goodbye to Ailsa and Kelly, a girl I met the previous night, and got on a train to head down to the trail head of the American Discovery Trail.
Philly, you will be missed!