It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Right?

Last week I peeked in my career nerdiness as I went to a conference in Philadelphia which was about the “cloud.” Yup, it was all about the magic of how developers’ code gets onto those virtual computers sitting in server farms.  

I’ve always thought of my career as a game of tennis; you only get better when you play with better people.  This is one of the biggest reasons I chose to switch departments (and thus move to NY) at work, as I wanted to learn and level up, and two months in, I can say I am learning a lot (about that little lock icon next to your URL right now and beyond!). ANYWHO, let’s not talk about the nerdy conference, let’s talk about Philadelphia instead. Cool? Cool. 

I really liked it. Although… I’m fairly certain I saw a very tiny area of it, and most likely the good spots, but it reminded me of Ottawa up in Canada-land, as it was a lovely walkable, liveable city. (I also can’t get over that it’s under two hours door-to-door from my place in NY!)

Below are my favourite photos from my three days there. Please forgive the ridiculous number of City Hall photos, but it was soooo pretty! 

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The fancy left glass building was Phili’s convention center, which is where the conference was held. So I got to see this view every time I popped out. 

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If you find yourself in Phil make sure you go to the Reading Terminal Market. It was a phenomenal market with delicious food everywhere you looked.  I wanted to get a Phili cheesesteak sooooo badly, but, well #calories. 

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I went for a walk between customer meetings (I pretty much went to talk to our customers) to see the infamous Liberty Bell!

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And then one afternoon I walked to the Rodin Museum to see his sculptures.  (As a fun fact, I still remember seeing his The Kiss in Paris when I was 18, and just being in awe of it).  Unfortunately I arrived just after the museum closed, but luckily they had some of his pieces outside on the grounds. 

The Gates of Hell (middle row) were a horror masterpiece. And those men on the bottom, right were on their way to their deaths. Remarkable someone can carve thus out of bronze. 

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I ate really delicious food in Phili.  The highlight being Dizengoff (a very delicious modern Israeli food spot).  

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Going on a tangent for a hot second… 

I have been looking for a particular blazer from JCrew for AGES.  It’s the wool Regent jacket, which I can’t find in NY. I even popped into the JCrew in Phili to take a look, but NOPE. They had the Regent in a silk fabric (which I didn’t like), and then the Going Out jacket in cotton.  I’ve never been a blazer person, but my friend Ashley wears them a lot, and looks amazing, so I’m going to give it a shot (I ended up ordering it online). 

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Okay, back to Phili… 

And with that, my Phili post comes to an end, but I have no doubt I’ll be back, as it’s so close to NYC, and I’m still dreamin’ of those cheesesteaks I saw, but didn’t order (silly me!). 



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