Philadelphia

Trip Start Jan 11, 2013
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Trip End Jan 31, 2013


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Actually, Philadelphia was much larger than I had expected. Furthermore, it was the capital city of the U.S for 10 years in the late 18th century. I didn't know the facts and tried to skip the historic city, but I spared only one day for sightseeing there and I was right.

When I arrived at the city, it was at about half past five. Still the visitor centre was open. I couldn't visit any tourist attractions on the day, but I made up a good plan for the next day, thanks to a kind staff member there. He gave me a historic district map and told me what time each tourist attraction opens. Then I headed to my hostel for the night Apple Hostels. The hostel was a bit pricey. Because there were only a few backpackers' hostels in Philly and the hostel was the only hostel in the centre of the city, I had no choice but the hostel. However, I thought it was worth staying even in the evening. In the evening, I took a ghost tour for only $2. Many guests joined the tour, so the tour was fun. In addition, it was like a preview of the historical district for the nex day. Moreover, the participants enjoyed free beer after the tour. Next morning, I had free cereal in the kitchen and that was also nice. 

I left the hostel at eleven, leaving my luggage in their storage, and went sightseeing. First of all, I visited Independence Hall, a Unesco's World Heritage Site. I had to pass a security check again, but I was getting used to security checks. In the hall, a guide was talking about the history of the hall. His talk was informative and interactive. Many American visitors were eager to ask questions at the end of his talk. Beside the hall was the old parliament of the US. There were park rangers in each room and they were talking enthusiastically with visitors. All the buildings were free admission and well-worth visiting. After that, I visited Liberty Bell Centre. There were many pictures with a legend and a few videos in the building and at the end, the Liberty Bell was displayed. An interesting fact was that there is no proof that the bell rang at the time of American Independence. The bell was smaller than I had expected, but it seemed many visitors liked the bell, taking pictures eagerly.

I went back to my hostel to collect my baggage at half past four. They kindly allowed me to stay in their lounge, so I surfed the Net until eight and left for 30th Street Station to catch a bus. It seemed the station name just comes from the street and it's easy to locate. I had booked an overnight Megabus to Washington DC for eleven, so I stayed in the train station for a while, having buns bought in the bakery of the station.
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