Smack dab in the middle of April, as the weather began to wane in all the most normal regions of America (Chicago was not cooperating), I made a trip to go see the little sister in Philadelphia. It was part of one of those 3 week chunks were I practically lived out of a suitcase. My schedule for those three weeks were: Chicago to Cincinnati to Philadelphia to Chicago to Cincinnati to Miami to Cincinnati to Chicago. So I wouldn't really see my bed or my home for another 3 weeks (except for the one night in Chicago after Philly). But I was seeing my sissy! And Ke$ha...who I was not excited to see. Let's set the scene. It's an undetermined day in the spring, and I've still not visited my sister at school in Philadelphia, despite her going there for 3 years. It was time to rectify things. She picked a weekend, it was also their Summer Concert series weekend. Which meant scantily clad and drunk students. I was also staying in her alternatingly freezing and sweltering dorm, which made things all the more exciting, and I ended up with a horrific cold afterwards. But it actually turned out to be a pretty fun trip.
The weather was gorgeous, which meant we got a great pictures of the architecture, and it was also sort of cherry blossom season, which made for multiple great photoshoots
The first place in Philadelphia that I truly enjoyed was the Reading Terminal Market. It was kind of the best of both worlds. An indoor food market that had incredible variety: from food stands a la Smorgasburg, to fresh groceries a la Farmers Market, to fresh meats and seafood. It was simply amazing. Unfortunately I was too engrossed in the options to remember to take a picture. Just go hungry, and eat a tad too much, and forget to take pictures.
The next spot I recommend wholeheartedly is the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. Sissy had never been in all her three years in Philadelphia, and after a day of walking around, shopping (I can never resist Uniqlo), eating and cherry blossoming, we decided to take a bus to South Street and check out the gardens. South Street is the exact kind of neighborhood you'd expect to have magic gardens. From my ~2 hours there, it looked like Philadelphia's version of Williamsburg and Wicker Park, only just a tad bit more gritty. While at the gardens, we actually got to see the artist Isaiah Zagar, who was actually talking with visitors and answering questions, while sitting on one of the installed chairs. Whatever you do, just go here. It was absolutely amazing, and well worth the $7 admission fee.
We rounded out the night in true tradition, with some West African food near the University of Pennsylvania's campus. Everything we had at Kilimandjaro was excellent, and I highly recommend going there. I would say to expect a bit of a wait, so don't go while you're starving!
So there you have it, the jam packed, fun filled 2 day trip to Philly. As for Ke$ha...she was about as good as you'd expect someone with a "$" in their name to be.