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So…this is happening tomorrow.

So…this is happening tomorrow.

The Noam Chomsky mural on 19th and Fairmount is just one of the great things I discovered on my hella-long bike ride all over Philly today.  
(Taken with Instagram at 19th and Fairmount, Philadelphia)

The Noam Chomsky mural on 19th and Fairmount is just one of the great things I discovered on my hella-long bike ride all over Philly today.
(Taken with Instagram at 19th and Fairmount, Philadelphia)

There is one week left of my training and one and a half weeks of summer school. The past four weeks have been many things. Exhausting, eye-opening, and indescribably fulfilling to name just a few. Can’t wait until I have a moment to catch my breath.
(Taken with Instagram)

There is one week left of my training and one and a half weeks of summer school. The past four weeks have been many things. Exhausting, eye-opening, and indescribably fulfilling to name just a few. Can’t wait until I have a moment to catch my breath.

(Taken with Instagram)

Life - a brief update

I’ve been back in Philadelphia for two weeks. The past week and a half (and the next four) I’ve been in (unpaid) intensive training for nine hours a day plus hours of studying and related work afterwards (and sometimes before, like on Wednesday when I woke up at 4:30am to practice for an assessment). Today is the first day that I’ve had more than ten minutes to eat my lunch. There’s a lot I could complain about, but I’m still really excited to be here and I’m learning so much. Monday I start teaching reading in summer school to a class of 6th graders. Things are moving fast, maybe a little too fast for me to be comfortable, but someone wise once told me that, ‘if you’re comfortable (in life), you’re doing it wrong’. 
So, here’s to it being Friday. Finally. I’m planning on sleeping in to at least 8am tomorrow morning. What luxury.

New roomie and I are taking a break. Unpacking is exhausting! (Taken with Instagram)

New roomie and I are taking a break. Unpacking is exhausting! (Taken with Instagram)

BIG news folks.
In June I will be leaving Chicago and moving back to Philadelphia. When I was out there a few weeks ago it was for an interview and I got it. 
When I first moved to Chicago I did not like it, at all. I was sure I would put in one year and then be out. Six years later, and I can say that I really do love this town. A huge part of that is the amazing friends I’ve made here. If I tried to explain how much these people (you know who you are) mean to me I’d start crying, and I’m not ready to start the waterworks just yet. So I’ll just say, I love them immensely and I’m so fortunate to count them as friends.
But, it’s not all frowns and rainy days. Here’s the puppies and sunshine side of this change. I’m ready to be be back in Philadelphia and start a new, exciting (and a little bit scary) chapter of my life. I’m looking forward to rediscovering the city and reconnecting with old friends. And I’m so happy to get out of this 9-5 office gig and do something I truly care about.
The next couple months are going to be kind of completely crazy, but I’m ready for it. So, here we go… 

BIG news folks.

In June I will be leaving Chicago and moving back to Philadelphia. When I was out there a few weeks ago it was for an interview and I got it. 

When I first moved to Chicago I did not like it, at all. I was sure I would put in one year and then be out. Six years later, and I can say that I really do love this town. A huge part of that is the amazing friends I’ve made here. If I tried to explain how much these people (you know who you are) mean to me I’d start crying, and I’m not ready to start the waterworks just yet. So I’ll just say, I love them immensely and I’m so fortunate to count them as friends.

But, it’s not all frowns and rainy days. Here’s the puppies and sunshine side of this change. I’m ready to be be back in Philadelphia and start a new, exciting (and a little bit scary) chapter of my life. I’m looking forward to rediscovering the city and reconnecting with old friends. And I’m so happy to get out of this 9-5 office gig and do something I truly care about.

The next couple months are going to be kind of completely crazy, but I’m ready for it. So, here we go… 

My two favorite buildings in Philadelphia are the Divine Lorraine and City Hall (above). (The story of the Divine Lorraine is one for another day, but trust me when I tell you that it’s a good one.) 
So, here are some facts about “The Folly at Broad & Market…the monstrous inchoate municipal palace”1, “the Biggest and Ugliest Building in America”2.
It’s the largest municipal building in the United States.
When it was built, people really thought that it was hideous (see quotes above).
It was briefly the tallest (habitable) building in the world (1901-1908).
The statue of William Penn (by Alexander Calder) on City Hall is the tallest statue atop any building in the world.
For a long time it was the tallest building in Philadelphia. In the 1980’s One Liberty Place was built and surpassed it which was said to have cursed Philadelphia sports teams. The Curse of Billy Penn ended when the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.
The view from the observation deck is one the best in the city. (It used to be free to go up there, but it looks like it’s now $5, or included in the $10 price of the City Hall tour.)
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(image of City Hall, Philadelphia via Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catolog Jack Boucher, photographer, August 1982) 1Newspaper headline, 18762Evening Bulletin, 1885

My two favorite buildings in Philadelphia are the Divine Lorraine and City Hall (above). (The story of the Divine Lorraine is one for another day, but trust me when I tell you that it’s a good one.) 

So, here are some facts about “The Folly at Broad & Market…the monstrous inchoate municipal palace”1, “the Biggest and Ugliest Building in America”2.

  • It’s the largest municipal building in the United States.
  • When it was built, people really thought that it was hideous (see quotes above).
  • It was briefly the tallest (habitable) building in the world (1901-1908).
  • The statue of William Penn (by Alexander Calder) on City Hall is the tallest statue atop any building in the world.
  • For a long time it was the tallest building in Philadelphia. In the 1980’s One Liberty Place was built and surpassed it which was said to have cursed Philadelphia sports teams. The Curse of Billy Penn ended when the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.
  • The view from the observation deck is one the best in the city. (It used to be free to go up there, but it looks like it’s now $5, or included in the $10 price of the City Hall tour.)

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(image of City Hall, Philadelphia via Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catolog Jack Boucher, photographer, August 1982

1
Newspaper headline, 1876
2Evening Bulletin, 1885

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