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In West Philadelphia Fun and Braids
by runeatrepeat on August 21, 2011
Wow! This weekend was a whirlwind! I had such a blast!!! I think I was so nervous about my presentation that I forgot it was all about fun and friends too
This morning Katy and I got up bright and early (literally we woke up at the same second when the sun peeked in) and went for a run/walk to explore Philadelphia.
I have been to Philly once before for the New Harvest event, but we didn’t do much sightseeing. So, I was really excited to check it out.
First stop was the LOVE sign. It was super close to our hotel and we almost missed it because it’s a lot smaller than I expected!
Then we headed to “the Rocky stairs”.
I ran up them Rocky style even though I’ve never seen that movie
Go Rocky Monica Go!
View from the top:
Then, we headed toward the Liberty Bell. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open yet so we only got a picture with it via reflection from the window.
One more important landmark stop before going back to the hotel to get ready for breakfast…
Monica runs on Dunkin
Another traveling running trick I use is always packing extra plastic bags. When I take off my sweaty clothes I can keep them from contaminating the rest of my stuff!
The Healthy Living Summit swag bags were pretty awesome. I had to do some ninja packing to get everything to fit. This included stuffing my shoes with goodies.
These are “ca-shoes”
After a quick shower and change Katy and I headed to breakfast. I filled up on oatmeal (because it tastes better when someone else makes it!).
Plus fruit, cereal and 2 hard boiled eggs. (I just ate the peach on the flight!)
Everyone squeeze in for a group shot!
I love the end of conference breakfast because all the presentations are over and everyone is just enjoying the last few minutes together before we have to go our separate ways.
I met Theodora last year at HLS and now consider her a friend.
But, every time I try to call her she doesn’t answer. I wonder if I have the wrong number? Or if it’s a problem on her end?
Blogging conferences are jam packed and can be a bit overwhelming. But everyone was still in a funny mood this morning!
Finally, it was time to say bye to friends like Meghann and Tina…
I’m not doing what you think in this picture! Janetha’s shirt says “Running Sucks” and I had to cover up the suck.
After breakfast a group of us that weren’t leaving until 4-ish explored the city.
Finally I got to see the liberty bell!
Did you know The Liberty Bell was given to the United States as a gift from Liberia*?! That’s how it got it’s name!*Unless I just made that up.
We went to the Terminal Market for lunch.
When people heard I was going to Philadelphia for a conference they said I had to have a Philly Cheesesteak while I was there.
I don’t eat red meat, but remembered that Chicago pizza at last year’s HLS changed my life. Plus, sometimes I make exceptions for local delicacies. But, I didn’t have to this time because we found a place in the market that made Vegan Cheesesteaks! It’s called The Basic 4 Vegetarian Snack Bar.
I ordered one and asked Evan and Katy to watch my stuff while I waited for it.
This is what I found on my camera just now…
Thanks guys. Betcha thought I wouldn’t post this.
I also got the most massive salad I’ve ever seen out side of my own kitchen! These were sold at a produce stand and I suspect it is intended to be enough salad for a family dinner. But, it was all mine! Huge bonus – it was under $4.00!
For a comparison shot I put my sunglasses by it. This really was a bucket!
I ordered a side of “soy chicken salad” from the veggie place to put on top as dressing.
I was more excited about the bucket of salad than the veggie cheesesteak! But that’s because it is impossible to find a legit volumous salad for a decent price when you’re traveling!
This picture was taken before I realized these two already had a photo shoot with my camera.
I took a few bites of the cheesesteak to experience it while it was fresh. But, saved the rest for my long travels back to California.
I also have dessert ready to go!One more thing…
I LOVE you guys for reading!RER means a lot to me and it’s been growing like crazy for a long while now. I totally realize it wouldn’t be anything unless you stopped by to see what’s going on with me and I really appreciate it.
PS – Yes, the title is an ode to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air