A few weeks ago I had the immense pleasure of attending my friend’s wedding in Philadelphia. I am very much a west coast person and have not spent very much time on the east coast. It was such a treat to explore more of my country and expand my horizons. I had a great time from start to finish but the whole trip was enjoyed through the haze of jet lag. MAJOR jet lag. I feel like it took me a whole week to properly recover but it was totally worth it.
A quick note: I was having camera issues during this trip so please excuse some of the lower quality photos.
Day 1 : The Travel
I left my home bright eyed and bushy tailed at 6:30am PST, I am not a morning person but I love to travel so I was ready to go. I arrived at the airport in time to grab a latte from Stumptown (absolutely love that there is a PDX location now). Thank goodness I did too because I did not realize what an epic travel day this would end of being. After nearly missing my connecting flight I landed at 8:00pm EST in Philadelphia. By the time I landed I was exhausted and starving since I didn’t have a chance to grab food between flights. Luckily, I found my Airbnb easily and my host recommended a great little bar where I was able to grab a late dinner before passing the eff out.
Day 2 : More Travel
Dragging myself out of bed turned out to be quite a challenge but eventually my hunger surpassed my laziness and I dragged myself out of bed for some nourishment. For some reason once I got out of bed I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood by my Airbnb before eating. I ran into the Betsy Ross house (it was literally around the corner) so I did a quick tour.
By this point I was positively ravenous and after a Google search and some cross referencing on Yelp I decided to grab brunch at Sabrina’s Cafe. I ordered the stuffed french toast and was served an obscenely sweet and enormous plate of cream cheese stuffed french toast smothered in maple syrup. It was delicious but I could only eat about 1/4 of it. I floated out of the restaurant on a sugar high and made my way to Penn Station to catch a train.
The station was so unbelievably beautiful, can we get more building like this on the west coast please? Thanks! A dear friend of mine lives in Baltimore and I was pretty sure this trip was the best chance to see him. The train ride to Baltimore only took about an hour and was quite scenic. I wasn’t able to snag a window seat so I have no pictures to back up this statement. We had a wonderful time catching up and it was a definitely a highlight from the trip.
Despite leaving Baltimore pretty late in the evening I went out to meet another friend from study abroad for a night cap and catch up… I’m not sure that any of this helped the jet lag situation but at least I was able to see some amazing architecture and amazing people.
Day 3 : THE WEDDING
Before the main event I hit up another brunch spot. I was fairly disappointed by my dish but I think I ordered wrong so I am not going to blame the restaurant. This place was packed and everything I saw as I looked around looked super tasty.
I didn’t take to many photos at the wedding because I was trying to be in the moment. The wedding was beautiful, classy, and very fun. The food and drink situation was on point and I danced my booty off. It was a wonderful time.
Day 4: Recovery
I am going to be very real; the day after the wedding was rough. I went out for Chinese food with some friends from the wedding. The spot had been recommended by a local Philly friend and didn’t disappoint. After, we grabbed a cup of coffee at La Colombe which made me feel infinitely better. Then we walked to a park with a nice view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The day was great I just wish I didn’t feel miserable the whole time. I guess I shouldn’t have enjoyed the wedding quite so much…
Day 5: Exploration
Last day in Philly and I was finally I was able to explore some more of the city. I had a quick breakfast and got myself to the Philadelphia Art Museum. The museum was sadly closed but I was able enjoy the stunning architecture. I already had a ticket to the Barnes Foundation so after playing around on the iconic steps of the museum I began a slow stroll to The Barnes Foundation. The light was doing crazy beautiful things, I was still loopy from lack of sleep, and the area was beautiful. This combination resulted in some fun photography exploration.
The Barnes Foundation was originally the private collection of by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 which he established to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” After his passing his collection was removed from his home and transformed (somewhat controversially) into a museum. The museum had an exhibit on photography which I found very inspiring as I am trying to develop my photography skills. The main collection was mostly comprised of impressionistic and modern paintings (which happen to be my absolute favorite). I was in absolute heaven. I could physically feel my heart swelling while staring at some of the paintings. I may have cried…
I could have stayed there all night but apparently museums have to close at some point. This was probably for the best as I needed to head back to my Airbnb to pack my bags.
Some deep and shallow reflections on my trip:
Proximity is something that baffles me about the east coast, everything is so close.
Public transportation on the west coast is a total joke.
Philadelphia loves the American Flag.
Food is so much more expensive in Philly than in California or Oregon.
As time passes people will come in and out of your life, allowing this to happen makes life flow much easier.
One of the best parts of getting older is getting to have old friends.
Solo traveling teaches you about yourself in ways you can’t imagine.
In the end I had a wonderful trip and I really enjoyed Philadelphia. If you ever get a chance to go I would highly recommend it as a travel destination. Let me know your favorite travel spots below.
Love and light,