I said good riddance to the frat house.
And had a bit of a wait for the library since it only opened at 12.30pm. In the mean time I impersonated a hobo reading a copy of Grantaon a park bench. That afternoon I went to the gym. They gave out free pizza. Rather counterproductive but this is America, after all. I walked up to my new residence in the ultra-flash part of town. My new hostess gave me a tour around the city by night.
He also fell up the stairs here, drunk, not endearing himself to his girlfriend’s father.
The next morning I said goodbye to the cats.
I took a bus to Philadelphia and met my host. He had 500 television channels in High Definition. I spent all evening watching TV. The next day I set out in to the city.
Tourism here is big business and they have a very slick visitors’ centre.
The Liberty Bell has a queue but when I went it wasn’t too long and moves quickly – the hold up is everyone having their bag searched by hand.
They have a cast of it if you have the urge to touch, since touching the original is VERBOTEN!
You need tickets but they’re free. Once again go through security then sit in a room with a hundred schoolchildren for a longwinded talk. Eventually you move off to the site.
They also have some founding documents – photos allowed!
After that I had a traditional lunch.
I walked up to Ben Franklin bridge. He is everywhere and on everything.
Then I walked back to town and visited the Todd and White houses – occupied in the 1700s. Both have been restored – the Todd house has very little left of the original, but the White house fare better. You need a free tour ticket to visit them.
After that I walked down to the Italian market.
There were some Italian grocers, fresh produce, and random crap.
Philadelphia has an avenue based on the Champs de Elysee – and it is quite a good impersonation.
I walked up to the art gallery. You will see a lot of people running up the steps and doing a dance at the top.
People run up here because there are no other hills in the city, and there’s a good view. There aren’t even that many stairs.