It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia...
Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
60Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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I flew from Amsterdam to Philadelphia, with a final destination of Louisville, Kentucky. However, the plane landed in the middle of the huge blizzard that blanketed most of the Northeast. I proceeded to wait in line for a flight change for 5 hours. That flight was canceled the next morning, so I waited in line again for 4 hours to get a new flight. That flight was also canceled, so I waited in line again for 4 hours for another new flight. Finally, after 3 days in the airport, I was able to fly to Louisville. It was not quite the welcome home I had in mind, and severely cut down the time I would spend with my entire family in Louisville.
That being said, I would like to make a special mention of US Airways who happens to dominate the Philadelphia Airport. Many of the US Airways employees were quite unfriendly, albeit rude, to me and other customers, so much, in fact, that I was compelled to write a letter of complaint about a specific "Theresa F" (as he nametag so called her). I essentially called for her to be fired because she obviously cannot do her job. I received a quick response from US Airways apologizing for her behavior and informing me that her actions had been reported to her supervisor and would be dealt with locally. I highly recommend not flying with US Airways.
My time in Philadelphia was mostly at the airport, but I did get out once to find a hotel when all the ones at the airport were already booked. In order to get from the airport to downtown, I took the SEPTA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority). I wasn’t sure where to buy a ticket for the SEPTA, but I was quickly informed that you could buy it on the train. I waited at the platform and wanted for the train to appear. As it pulled up, the conductor stuck his head out the window and told us enter at the first door. Now, this was a big contrast from the automatic, fast, and large trains I experienced in the Netherlands.
I included some pictures of a previous trip to Philadelphia I took a few years ago when it wasn’t 3 feet deep in snow. With about 1.6 million people, Philadelphia is the US’s 6th largest city and has a rich history with American history. Philadelphia was the second largest city in the British Empire before, well, that "thing" happened.