Friday, May 1, 2015

Touring Philadelphia

It's been a long time since I've toured Philadelphia outside of my normal travel paths.  But that's what I've been doing with my friend Darcy who is visiting for a few days. She is a fellow undergrad and study-abroad class mate. We've had as much fun taking trips down memory lane as walking around Philadelphia.  It's been 20 years since we studied in Denmark. How did that happen? It's also been fun for me to see the city through a visitors eyes again.

We started the day with the self-guided tour of the murals:
Recognize this one?

Of course we had to stop at Capogiro, voted the best gelateria in the world by National Geographic Magazine. I had the bacci and lemon and Darcy had stracciatella and mojito. The mojito will be stuff of legends.
 We made quick work of it.
 She's had gelato twice more since then. Once in the afternoon and then after seeing the Avengers last night, we of course, had to stop for more. She had the margarita and, uh, I can't remember the other,  but I had nutella and orange/cardamom. Hmmmm. delicious. 

 We've been foot-mobiling (we walked 13,000 steps on Wednesday) and using the subway, but this past week the Indego bicycle group moved into Philadelphia. Its a rent-a-bicycle program located all over the city and I can't tell you how excited I am about this. There is one right by my house and then another stand right next to my work. How convenient. I have my own wheels and so probably won't be using the program but it is great to know it is there. It's only $15/month. Shoot, that is worth it even if you are only visiting for a week. It has not taken long for Philadelphians to embrace the new program. I see them in use everywhere.  

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