It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia...

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

For the American leg of my journey, I am going to post several short entries. I didn't go anywhere that I hadn't been before.

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. He had to manually open the door from the inside for us.  Once we all boarded, we started up again and headed downtown.  About 20 minutes into the journey, a man came into our car with a notepad and asked each passenger where they were going.  After he got their details, he flipped the pages of his notebook and hole-punched the date, destination, and other information on the little ticket in a fashion that I am positive hasn’t changed since SEPTA first opened its doors 50 years ago.

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.
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Fran Fran on

Haha! Loving Theresa F....

What about a comment on the trains in the UK...just as good as the Dutch ones I am sure :)

cattawa87 on

That comment will come when I discuss the amazing high speed rail I took to Dover!

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