I will always have fond memories of Philadelphia, lovingly called Philly by its people.
A few years ago, I was assigned in this beautiful city to do some training and consulting work for a month. I thought I will be so bored and lonely, as I did not know anyone, and expected my work was not going to be fun. I came from Sydney via San Francisco, which was more than 10 hours flight, and then a few more hours to Philly. It was a long flight. I was alone, stayed in a modest accommodation, which was quite an old building yet maintained well. I felt so calm though, just at peace, and surprisingly at home. Maybe it was the historical vibe, the old places, maybe BF (Benjamin Franklin’s good ghost) that made me feel comfortable. But maybe, it was also the fact that I was by myself, the first time I was away from home for such a long time, and away without any relatives or friends, and it gave me some sense of peace to just be thoughtful and introspective. It was work, eat, then hotel to sleep for most of the days. On weekends though, I had time to tour the place, and somehow bonded with the memories of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and history, and was fascinated by the Liberty Bell, the writing of the Constitution and all the significant events that happened in the place. Yes, Philly grew on me and I loved the place by the end of my assignment. I did meet lots of new friends too and got to taste Philly’s nice falafel (what I ate nearly everyday) and pizza.
Let me share some pics here, and whilst you look at them, I have the link of TSOP from the 70’s that you can listen to…. enjoy the memories and ‘The Sound of Philadelphia’ 🙂 …..
– performed by MFSB and the Third Degrees vocals
The right to life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness..
As I love philosophy and philosophical discussions, I enjoyed visiting the American Philosophical Society.
Wandering through the historical grounds made me imagine how it would have been talking to Benjamin Franklin, and yes, Thomas Jefferson. I would have enjoyed a discussion on freedom, the constitution, and maybe, introducing them to social media and all the crazy stuff from our time. I wonder what BF would have to say 🙂