We officially have become a family of four (which reminds me.. I need to update my “about” section). Friday night after my last Chrysalis teaming, Christopher and I drove through the night to Philadelphia. We arrived in Philly around 5am on Saturday. We toured the area.. by the way, if you’ve never been to Philly.. you aren’t missing much. (Sorry Philly locals, but to be fair.. Richmond doesn’t have much to offer either.) We enjoyed taking photos of Love Park, some buildings with amazing architectural features, all of the sport stadiums and the giant dominos and chess pieces in the middle of downtown.
Oh.. quick, funny story. If you ever happen to be traveling to a city and plan on arriving before 6am, go to the bathroom at the last rest stop before going downtown. When we got to the city, we drove around for almost 45 minutes looking for a stupid bathroom. The gas stations wouldn’t let us use their bathroom. McDonald’s, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, etc. weren’t open yet.. (Are there really no 24-hour joints in Philly?!?) And 7-Eleven was closed to restock the shelves. We had NO WHERE to go. We tried random buildings, the metro, everything. No luck. Finally, we ended up in the Emergency Room. No joke. We parked and took turns going in and sweet talking the security guards to let us use their bathroom. Can we say, lifesaver?!
Anyhooo.. so after driving around downtown Philly.. we met up with one of my best friends Tina for breakfast at a local diner. I couldn’t be that close to her and NOT see her. So, we met up for some grub before she headed to work. It was so nice to see her and catch up, even if it was only for a little while. Afterwards, we traveled through some shady side streets to get my dad a Philly Cheesesteak. He had never had an ‘official’ one and we couldn’t go to Philly and not bring him back one. We got him one from Pat’s King of Steaks.. which came highly recommended from a friend of mine on my Chrysalis team (thanks Lori A.), as well some of Tina’s friends. We got the sandwich and went on our way.
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