Philadelphia 24th June 2007

Trip Start Jun 11, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Hostelling International (Philadelphia)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

This was a short greyhound journey, 4 hours.  This was so easy for travel,  the greyhound was right outside the market metro station, in here we got a map from a very friendly lady who pointed us in the right direction for the subway.  two stops down the line and two blocks from the stop was the hostel.  This was a Hostel International place, it's really nice and well run (except for the lock out between 10am and 4.30pm).
We arrived at the door about 1pm and found two travellers waiting for them to re-open.  We forced them to come and join us for lunch and a chill out in a park to wait.  Introducing new friends Danny (from Glasgow) and Briar (Bournmouth)... Danny actually recognised Rob from Washington Greyhound station (we shared the same bus!!) Danny is travelling for the summer and Briar was comming to the end of her 9 mth trip.  Spent ages swaping travel stories...
We had lunch at a pizza place round the corner from the hostel which turned out to be great value as the massive pizza worked out about $4 each to share.  We was stuffed, Briar couldn't eat her second slice so Rob gave it to this homeless guy on the street (we think he'd have prefered money though!).  It was really nice to just sit in a park and chill out, made a change from dashing everywhere.
I really like Philly straight away, it had a nice atmosphere and the hostel was in a really good location, restaurants and pubs just around the top and bottom corners and the river just a couple blocks away.
We finally checked in about 5pm.  We were in a co-ed dorm, Rob went on top! This was really clean and spacious and the bathroom had 2 showers and 2 loos! Luxury! We immediately did a laundry run (whoopie - clean clothes) showered then met up with Danny and Briar in the lounge, here we met a friend of Dannys that had just arrived, Fabienne (from Cameroon/France/Ireland). 
We all went out together, Danny led us to the river where there was an Irish festival going on.  it was nice to sit on the steps in the sun, just before we left we saw some kids doing the Irish dancing which was cute.  We went for a walk, we passed the Liberty Bell.  It was all lit up behind a glass wall so we got a photo of it.  Because this was only a flying visit (we were leaving the following morning) I'm glad we at least saw it.  We then walked to the chinatown area and five mins later walked out the other side of it, we saw a restaurant that had live frogs and fish in a tank in the window, urgh!.  We made our way back to the area near the hostel.  Here we went in a bar and I think we were all glad to sit a bit. We had a drink and just chatted more.  We forced some poor random guy to take photos of us, he had to take the same photo on 4 different cameras!  When we got back to the hostel we made a cuppa tea!! Milk courtesy of Briar.  and met Frances.  We all put a pin in the world map showing where we were from and swapped more stories.  This was a really nice chilled evening.
The following morning (this morning) Rob's man-flu is in critical! we packed and called in at the CVS pharmacy on the way to the greyhound.  This woman gave Rob the finger (how rude) because he knocked her brolly on the floor,  before he even had the chance to pick it up she gave him some slaver about how he should pick it up as he knocked it over! silly moo! (I acctually said someting stronger) Rob just shuck his head, I think the till lady was really embarrassed though.  Got on the bus and headed in to NY.
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