When we were asked on my second evening what we had done for the last day and half since I had arrived in Philly, Yashi and I had a hard time coming up with anything concrete. We were exhausted Saturday evening, our feet hurt and legs tired after walking around the city all day, but we somehow couldn't remember what we had done. What we both remembered most was a long, one and a half day, ongoing conversation after not having seen each other for 7 months or so... catching up and spotting the differences in our lives from when we met 3 years ago at the ID card office in Seoul, to now.
So in the end our answer to the question was a pathetic, "We walked around a lot... and... talked?" But in all realness we did quite a bit in a day and a half. After thinking hard and going through the below photos, I finally remembered following, listed in chronological order: 1) Tried my first alfajor and fell in love 2) Visited a few exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art; 3) watched a film on truffle hunting, and then felt bad for the truffles ? but I love truffle so nothing is changing there; 3) visited a kick ass magazine shop/ coffee stop run by a disgruntled Turkish man who seemed to ignore Yashi and I but was all chummy with the Wharton students; 4) Visited my mom's alma mater; 5) ate a delicious cheesesteak at Reading Terminal; 6) walked a long time and eyed some footwear for my friend 7) had dinner and margaritas; 8) received a number from a blocked call which, when answered, the manager came to retrieve us to take us down to a speakeasy where we all got quite few personalized drinks to end the evening. It was a perfect day.
But most of all, my weekend reminded me how thankful I am that the empty seat at the ID office in Seoul was where it was when I had to make a trip sometime at the end of August in 2015.