I have been in a computer detox for the past two days, thanks to lots of running around, and most importantly, a visit from my mom! She arrived on Wednesday night, and we’ve been walking everywhere to see tourist attractions, eating, and even playing squash!
In honour of my last day in Philly (I’m moving back to school tomorrow, I can’t believe it!), I’ve collected some of my favourite things from my summer in the city. I started off with an endless list, but I’ve managed to narrow it down… a little.
Summer 2014: Philadelphia Favourites
I feel obliged to make Unite first on my list, because quite honestly, I think it made my summer. I’ve got a proper post/review/tribute(?) coming up on it soon, but I couldn’t summarize my Philly experience without including my favourite pain cave.
Speaking of pain, I r
an like a sloth jogged to the 6:30 am class this morning, for an intense and rewarding final cross training session. The only thing putting a damper on my post-workout high was the fact that I had to say goodbye to the motivating trainers, the cardio room, and of course, the beloved dumbbells.
Whenever I’m back in Philly, I’ll most definitely be dropping into Unite to get my butt kicked! 🙂
Let me summarize all of the things I love about this restaurant in a short list format:
1. The food is ready in about 5 minutes, which is great for me, because I am an impatient person when I’m hungry!
2. Everything on the menu is fresh, delicious, and health conscious.
3. All menu items are under 500 calories, and list the protein content for each dish. No more guessing games!
4. They have a Groupon: $20 worth of food for $10. I ate that one up fast (<- Ha! Oh the puns…)
I’ve done a ton of walking around Philly this summer, so I’ve had the chance to check out a lot of the beautiful parks and museums, but hadn’t really spent much time enjoying them from a tourist’s perspective. That all changed when I got to show my mom around the city, since she was really interested in the historical significance behind all of the monuments and buildings.
I have to admit, the only time I made it inside the Philadelphia Art Museum was about a month ago when I had my run of death and was in desperate need of a water fountain.
If you’re into archaeology or anthropology, I definitely recommend visiting the Penn museum. It has incredible collections from all around the world, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work there this summer doing research! (Okay, I was actually holed up in a window-less room for most of the time, but I did get a chance to check out the exhibits too!)
In reality, not much to see here, except the iconic LOVE sign, and the fountain which spews out lime green water. It’s very central and easy to get to, so you really can’t miss it.
Rittenhouse square was the first park I saw in Philadelphia, and was immediately drawn to it. I am a big fan of green spaces in cities, and love how it’s walking distance from University City, South street area, and all of the shops on Walnut street in Center City.
The Schuylkill River
Right now you’re probably looking at that word thinking: “The Skoo-what?”. Pronounced: “skoo-kill”, or something close to that.
The weird spelling can be attributed to its Dutch origins, meaning “hidden river”, and it separates University City/West Philly from Center City. One of the river’s best features is a running and biking trail that runs along it on the Center City side, which brings you right past the Art Museum, Boathouse row and Fairmount park.
Alright well that’s all from my end for the moment. I haven’t even left Philadelphia yet and I’m already contemplating “excuses” to come back and visit soon.
Next time you hear from me, I’ll be back in the Orange bubble! Later peoples!