As many people know who keep up with my blog or who know me well, this year has been a big one for me in my life!
I started blogging in January during a rough bump in my life and couldn’t have entered something that I feel completes me more than this. Like all jobs, tasks, or goals in life, it’s not easy. The difference is that I love every part of it, even the difficult mundane parts. I really care about the material I put out there and try to perfect every detail before it’s posted. I strive to improve every day by learning from others and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Eight months down the road, though, I still have a ways to go and grow.
Around the time I started blogging, one of my beset friends moved to Philadelphia. It’s funny- I used to hate Philly. I went a few times when I was younger. One of the times, my car got towed, even though I swear I was in a legitimate parking spot. The other few times, I was in a dangerous area or went out to a crappy bar with a bunch of immature drunk college kids. Needless to say, it was never a good experience. However, the first few times I came to visit my friend in Philadelphia this year, I had amazing experiences. I don’t know if it’s me or Philly thats changed … probably both!
Something’s been calling me here, though. It’s all I’ve been able to think about lately- getting myself to this city. Besides the fact that it’s cheaper than New Jersey (yeah, can you believe that?), I feel inspired whenever I’m here. People think outside the box more, venture out of their comfort zone, appreciate the artistic view- even if it’s what some consider “weird”. There’s a not so hidden beauty in this city.
Lets not forget to mention also that I am obsessed with food and the amounts of places to eat here are endless. I can’t even imagine how long it would take me to eat at each and every spot there is to eat here. It’s wonderful.
I’ll be turning 29 next week and I am not someone who likes to just go out and drink my birthday away. I’ve been all about the experiences lately. That’s why this year I decided to take a week off from work and hole up in three different parts of Philly- Center City/Gayborhood, Rittenhouse Square, and Northern Liberties (see below).
I chose to be in three different locations so I can experience different parts of the city and see which part fits me best. Throughout this time, I don’t plan on planning. I’m just going to go with the flow, see what comes to me, see what I discover and hopefully by the end, formulate a plan to get myself here if thats what I still want.
Plato and I arrived at the first Airbnb last night. We were a scene to see actually when trying to get to this building. I couldn’t find a parking garage close enough and didn’t realize there was actually a side street for me to pull over to and drop off my stuff. Instead, I parked .5 miles away and lugged a suitcase, two duffle bags and a book bag down crowded streets with fancy people going out to bars (I refuse to ever make two trips…ever). I actually feel my traps hurting today from this struggle. #ExerciseInEveryForm
By the time we got to the lobby, I was dripping sweat and my curly frizzy hair was stuck to my face. Nevertheless, I had a big grin on my face because this place is amazing. You can tell just from the lobby alone. I feel like I am staying at the Ritz Carlton on steroids.
When I walked into the elevator and hit the button for my floor – which is at the way top of the building- the elevator told me we are “Going up” and shot upwards. As I stepped out when she told me she was “Going down”, I walked over to my door, entered the secret code I was given (the door speaks to me too, not even j0king), opened the door and jumped up and down with excitement. It was every thing I had hoped it was going to be. I literally threw my stuff down and started dancing. The view alone is breathtaking. Do people who live like this every day get used to it? I don’t think it would ever get old to me. To sum it up, I spent my whole night dancing and face timing my family ….pure bliss.
Today was my first full day adventure. After I failed to figure out the coffee grinder and dripper contraption left for me in the apartment, I found the nearest Starbucks to sustain myself. On my walk there with Plato, I ran into a man named with a dog named Max and we bonded over our dogs and our love for the peace and quiet in Northern Liberties.
The rest of my day consisted of getting to know the area. I walked over 10,000 steps and discovered that there is a large Target near by- which I don’t care if it’s a chain, it’s a necessity, a coffee shop called La Colombe that makes some beast coffee, a cute park near City Hall, and a LOT of bars.
It’s not a very dog friendly area. There are so many people and I always felt like someone was going to step on Plato while we walked. Also, I had to walk about 10 minutes to that park to finally find a patch of grass for him to pee. He’s way too bougie to go on the sidewalk like other city dogs. If I needed to go in to a shop, I would have to leave Plato tied up or with someone, which I don’t feel comfortable with.
All in all, I think I’ve seen what I need to here. I am going to rate my Airbnb a 10/10- it really is amazing. However, I’m giving Gayborhood/Center City a 6/10. It’s a cool place to visit, but I don’t know if what I’m looking for is here. If I could take this Airbnb and put it in another location, that would be great.
Tune in tomorrow to hear about my Rittenhouse Square experience!