Philadelphia

There is something really great about knowing that there aren’t many of these overnight buses left. After boiling on the back seat, but managing to get a tiny bit of sleep, we arrived in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, we couldn’t just pop round the corner to our hotel. We managed to find a bus that would take us to New Jersey (yes, a different state) to the area where our hotel was.

Being English in America often has it’s advantages. When we arrived in Brooklawn, we had no idea where we were going, and there was no taxis available to take us, somehting we were banking on. We asked some local builders which way and for a number, and a kind old man from the house came out and talked to us, before offering us a ride to the hotel. How lucky? He also pointed out some shops close by and a diner across the road.

The diner, which we went to on our first day after a nap, was amazing. It offered cheap, amazing roast dinners, dessert, and drinks for less than $15 each. Not only that, we could take away half of the roast dinner and the dessert the following day! Result; well worth the money! Surprisingly better value than the all you can eat buffet we went to the next day.

Philadelphia was a tiny bit disappointing. Actually, that is a little harsh. I didn’t really have any expectations, but it wasn’t amazing. It rained for a lot of our time there, which was disappointing, and we found it really expensive.

We went to see Independence hall and the Liberty bell in the middle of a rainstorm. I’m not really sure what I was expecting, but the bell especially was a disappointment. I was expecting them both to be really a) big and b) impressive, but they weren’t. I am really pleased that we have been to see them, but I was glad when we could curl back up in out hotel room that night!

We discovered the dollar store in Philadelphia, which is something that will be used whenever we see them. You just can’t beat a bargain, even half way round the world. I’m a little gutted that we didn’t discover it earlier, but it’s better late than never!

Philadelphia was rounded off with the most awkward taxi drive of our lives that we were glad was over. I have heard both good and bad things about Baltimore; let’s hope the good out weighs the bad!

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