Aside from friends, my mom, another person I love to travel with is my brother Corey. He’s hilarious, smart, and a blast to be around. Together we decided to take the train to Philadelphia, and catch a flight back. A train ride across the country, that left in the evening and arrived in the morning, sounds perfect right?

We arrived at our train and decided to treat ourselves to a sleeper room, which means we get a private room, a private eating car, and beds to lie down on. We reach our room, and we’re already overjoyed with how fun this “adventure” was going to be. The train set off headed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from Tampa, Florida. We enjoyed watching the scenes pass us by, and with the small conversation between the two of us, it wasn’t long before we were called to dinner. A menu was given along with a drink of our choosing. After a lovely meal, we made our way to our room, for one more chat before heading to bed… then CRASH!

No joke, our train crashed into a truck on the train tracks. Two people were hurt and had to be taken off the train to the nearest hospital. This whole fiasco lasted about 4 hours, the train itself had to be turned off in fear of exploding from the gas, so we enjoyed a very hot room to try to go to sleep in. We both didn’t achieve rest until about 3 am. When we awoke we were barely outside the state of Florida. The accident had set us 8 hours behind, so we wouldn’t arrive in Philly until late the following day. Amtrak did try to make it up to us by ordering us pizza, and that was nice.

Finally arriving in Philadelphia, it was well worth the trouble getting there. Everything has so much history! The very next morning we hurried over to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, get there early and it fills up quickly! On the same property, there is the Constitution Center, which teachers may enter for free! You can spend hours in this area, and work up an appetite. Following the history lessons, we wandered over to Elfreth’s Alley, it is so cute and fun to walk around in. Close by is Betey’ Ross’ house and Benjamin Franklin’s grave.

The next day we were eager to see the Eastern State Penitentiary. If you don’t get the heebie jeebies take a look at where some famous prisoners were held, including Al Capone! This place is old but holds a lot of history in those walls, I just don’t think I could walk through there at night. Corey and I also wanted to see the famous Rocky steps, found at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at the bottom is also the Rocky statue!

Corey and I made a bet between each other to find the best Philly cheese steak sandwich, mine was from Jim’s Steaks and his favorite was from Dalessandro’s, however, neither compared to Barclay, be wary of this last Philly cheesesteak…nothing else will compare, make sure to pair it with the tater tots.

There is so much to do, see and eat in Philly! Try a lot of Philly cheesesteaks, there are plenty of opportunities to walk it off.

Where to eat:
Reading Terminal Market this place is underground and just has a plethora of food to choose from, it’s a nice break from the heat.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House, the oldest bar in Philadelphia and among the oldest in the country, try the local brews.
Dim Sum Garden is a fantastic dim sum and it’s right next door to Nan Zhou Noodle House, both will send your taste buds on a journey!
La Fontana Della Citta fantastic Italian food!

Last few notes, there is so much to do in Philadelphia! Don’t take the train, and try the local brews!

Till next time

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