June 24, 2019
I realized over the weekend that I never blogged anything about Joey and I’s trip to Philly back in December. We went up for a quick weekend getaway to celebrate our five year anniversary. We got married right before Christmas at the end of 2013 so we always kind of lump the holidays and our anniversary together. But this past year I wanted to do something significant since we would be hitting our first real milestone! A few things we learned about Philly —
One, they have amazing gluten free food. Seriously. I had fried cheese curds, corn dogs, funnel cakes and the best gluten free cheese roll and pasta of my three years being a celiac. I’m sure my arteries were really happy with me, but I was in heaven.
Two, I am no longer very good at ice skating. Since we went right around Christmas, they had a huge tree with an ice skating rink in the middle of the city. After considerable bragging to Joey about how I used to skate all the time, he skated circles around me.
Three, Eastern State Penitentiary is as cool as everyone says it is. There aren’t many places that allow you to just walk around unguided but Eastern State does (Steve Buscemi actually does the audio tour on the headphones they give you which is just a small plus.) Creep factor wise, block 11 and death row were the areas I found to be the eeriest. The penitentiary is hardly touched since it closed, allowing for lots of abandoned rooms and furniture all strewn about. I brought my camera in and took a few shots of the inside — including one of the inside of Al Capone’s cell. These are available in the print shop!