Last year I played along with Ali Edward’s Day in the Life monthly and it was one of my favorite projects ever. This year, I’m repeating the project. I’ve been doing it on the 15th of each month, but this month switched to the 8th so I could play along with Ali’s official day in the life. The day fell on a traveling day for me, so that made it even more fun!
Here’s Thursday, May 8th, aka The Nerds Do Philadelphia:
I woke up at 3:30AM so I could leave with enough time to get the Kansas City International Airport (KCI) two hours before my 6:55AM flight. My grandpa, Poppy, picked me up and took me because he is the best person ever. He also watched Jonas during the day and Eliza after she got home while my mom was at work. I did a few last things around the house, like clean out the kitty litter and pack the kids’ weekend overnight bag, before we left. I also kissed the sleeping kids goodbye.
I drank coffee in the car, and after grabbing my tickets from the digital kiosk at the airport, I followed up with tea and a scone from Starbucks (don’t like their coffee). After I drank my tea, I went through security–which involves sanding in line for an ID / ticket check, putting personal items and shoes in a bin along with luggage to pass it through an x-ray (the bins had quotes– mine said “I’ve been everywhere, man” from Johnny Cash), and walking through a metal detector. I also needed to be patted down a bit because I had a flowy skirt on.
I settled in to wait for the plane and started to read The Catcher in the Rye, because it takes place in Pennsylvania and I picked all books set in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York for the trip. The flight to Philadelphia was about two hours, and I spent the time reading the whole of Catcher and I started Silver Linings Playbook.
Jake was already in Pennsylvania for a business trip, but he was working in Easton. His coworkers were going to drop him in downtown Philly, but I was surprised that he was waiting for me at the airport when I got off of the plane!
We walked right out of the airport to the connecting SEPTA station. Jake LOVES public transportation, so he was giddily excited. We were also happy to see each other and sort of couldn’t keep our hands off of each other like teenagers. (I know, gross. Can’t help it. So mushy.) We bought Day passes which, in addition to rocking for being Project Life sized, rock for being one price for using ANY public transportation in Philly for the day. Those were a lifesaver.
We accidentally overshot a few stations to Wayne Junction (the announcer on the SEPTA sounded like the teacher in Peanuts), so we got off and went the other way to Suburban Station, where we actually needed to be. Suburban Station was so neat: there was even a little farmer’s market inside!
We walked the couple of blocks from the station to our hotel–Embassy Suites in Center City. They were awesome to let us check in WAY early. We were just expecting to be able to drop off our bags.
We reveled in the crazy level of swankyness our hotel room. We were not expecting it to be so nice–we got a deal with my plane ticket through Travelocity. It was unnecessarily fancy and huge. And the view from floor 22 was freaking fantastic!!!
We headed back out for Suburban station, grabbed some delicious falafel wraps, chicken kebob wraps, and lentil soup from a food cart on the way. King of Falafel is not false advertising. Total fact.
We took the rail to the University City station so we could go to Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology). We stayed as long as we could before closing time. Three hours.
This post is crazy long without me nerding out about the museum, so I’ll just say it was awesome. And was definitely the right Philly thing to do choice for us. And we’re gonna need to take the kids there. And three hours was not enough time.
We hopped back on the line and got off at Market East. We re-caffeinated with soda and strolled through Chinatown. Then we started to make our way towards Geno’s Steaks. We were exhausted by that point, so it was the longest mile and a half walk ever. It was still amazing to get to walk through the different neighborhoods, though, so I’m glad we did it.
Then philly cheesesteaks on recommendation from Poppy and Kristin. Apparantly Geno’s vs. Pat’s is a big thing, but our people said Genos and we trust them.
We both got wiz, I added mushrooms and sweet peppers, and they were fat kid heaven, I’m telling you.
We walked to the Broad Street line to the Ellsworth-Federal Station to take us back to City Hall near our hotel.
We wandered around taking in the architecture, walked under City Hall, which was gorgeous and had fantastic acoustics (a violinist was performing).
We got a picture in Love park because we were walking through it and we thought, “Might as well, even though it is super cliche.” Some awesome kids were mixing hip hop, break dance, and ballet in the park which was so fun to watch.
We watched the sun set while walking around, then headed back to our hotel in a pile of exhaustion.
We soaked our bones in a bath and then fell asleep super early. (That’s 9:00PM in Kansas City time.)
I think that’s pretty much the maximum Philly experience you can fit into one day and I’m pretty proud we did all that on almost no sleep. It was amazing, and I definitely want to go back and experience the city for more than a day. We didn’t even get to any of the historical stuff!
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