A (Mostly) Sunny Week in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

Fountain at Logan Square.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in Philadelphia for a week already. I don’t know what it is about this place but time seems to go so much faster than the usual fast pace of life. Fortunately, it’s good times in Philadelphia. Hmmmm … maybe that’s why the time seems to go so much faster.

Much of the week was spent reviewing and testing gear. And figuring out what we have and what we don’t have and then ordering the latter. Despite ALL the stuff we have, there were a few somewhat important items we didn’t. Amazon Prime’s one or two day delivery can be VERY handy sometimes.

This clap slate was one of
our last minute purchases.

At this point though, bags are packed with more than a bit of gear scattered between everyone’s belongings. I’m a little concerned about the drone surviving the potential abuse of checked baggage but we’re hoping for the best – we just have too much other stuff in our carry on bags to include the drone.

Of course, it hasn’t been all work since I arrived here (and “work” would be in its loosest definition). When not sorting through gear, I’ve gone for a few walks – walking still isn’t my favourite mode of transportation but I like walking around here … or, I dislike it less anyway. I’ve had a few Philly cheesesteaks. Played with the dog. Fallen behind on my blog. Got caught up on my blog. Struggled to make ATM withdrawals (I’ll spare you the details but Scotiabank and/or Bank of America need to work on their technology and/or communication). And I’ve been out on the bike just once for a mere 16 km ride. No, I haven’t repaired the spoke yet – I figure that can wait until I get back from Africa (assuming I don’t get eaten by a lion or trampled by a rogue (or not-so-rogue) herd of wildebeests).

With all that said, there’s been a BIT of a complication re: travel plans to Africa. I won’t go into details but suffice it say, we didn’t fly out on Saturday as originally planned. If all goes well, we will be flying out tomorrow morning (Tuesday). We hope. On the upside, this is the most up-to-date my blog has been in quite some time!


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