July 11, 2017

72 Hours


I took a quick trip back home for some familial business.  I decided to be mute with telling too many people I was coming because I had a schedule and I did not want to overwhelm myself, Sorry to those I did not tell, I'll catch you next time.  

My flight in was through American Airlines, $110 one way, one checked bag, $25.  I hopped on the earliest schedule, 5:55am CST, Why I torture myself, I don't know.  I went through the security check and for the first time I had to be thoroughly patted down.  I was not very pleased with this yet, I was too tired to argue or cause a scene and have to be escorted out of the airport by security.


I asked the TSA agent where she will be putting her hands, I am very particular about personal space, and since I was wearing a knee length dress, I wanted to make sure I, nor she, needed to pull it up a little. 😟 No, my clothes stayed as they were and she showed me the areas she needed to 'secure' and I was okay with it.  The pat down was not aggressive or even very long but, I did feel a bit uncomfortable during the process.

The flight arrived in PHL at 10:22am EST.  I shuttled over to Dollar Rental and was given a...I don't know, something tiny; much smaller than what I am used to but, to get the most of my coins, I elected to reserve the 'deal' price through Expedia.com, less than $100 for three days.

Side Note: Dollar Rental will hold $350 on your Master Card if you did not prepay BUT, they will only hold 15% of the estimated total on a Visa Card, so either pay for your reservation in advance or use a Visa when at the counter.

I then took to the highway towards Baltimore, MD to visit a cousin who just moved there to practice urology, Yay, Dr. Cleary!  He had a scheduled workout for 6pm at Equinox Gym near DC. I have to give my dear cousin some grace, he does not know my hatred for working out but, I decided not to to be bummer and play along.


To my surprise Equinox gym is very well equipped with EVERYTHING. It considers itself a luxury gym, if you couldn't already tell by their membership fees. They have a variety of cardio and weight machines, plus the types of workouts were separated by floor, you can guess which floor most of the women...and me, were on. There is an Equinox gym in Houston, I may attempt to get a membership but, let's not hold our breathes. After the workout, we headed to Lewis, DE to see my Aunt, this is what I love about the northeast, 1-2 hours in the car and you can be in a different state. The following morning, I drove back upstate to meet with my sister who was also arriving in Philadelphia.


First on the agenda for us was CHEESESTEAK!  Kevin Hart, who is native to Philadelphia once said, "I'll only get cheesesteaks in Philadelphia.  No one else does it right."  Oh, how accurate you are Mr. Hart...Houston, I love you but, you need to get your dough and chopped meat together.  For tourists, the places to go for hoagies is Geno's or Pat's but, I have always loved the mom and pop establishments hidden in the small neighborhoods.


After lunch, we spent the rest of the day acting like a tourists...

Adam, The Thinker, The Shade - Rodin Museum
George Washington Monument
I understand the history of America is not sensitive to everyone, nor is the history of the world; research both World Wars.  Even in my Asian culture, there were inhumane events that took place.  I can empathize the pain some people may feel when seeing certain images and not all history is great but, who are we today without history?  I am not going to debate my thoughts or am I trying to void anyone's passions about their views.  We all shed a tear for history. 

The Shade - Auguste Rodin
Swann Memorial Fountain
This was at Sister Cities Park. The "LOVE" statue at
Love Park was temporarily moved for construction.
The sister "running" up the steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
She tried to have a Rocky moment.
Up and down Ben Franklin Pkwy were flags from other countries.
I found mine.

At the end of the day, my sister and I separated, I got a nearby hotel using the Priceline App and snagged a deal on a 3 star hotel.  In the morning, I drove down to New Castle, DE to see if my favorite Thai Restaurant was still in business...YES IT WAS!

Tasti Thai, New Castle, DE

After my delicious lunch, I went to my other Aunt's house in Wilmington, DE who was hosting a baby shower for my other cousin....and there was more food.  My Aunt got several trays of hoagies, I did not take as many photos here.


When visiting Delaware, Capriotti's is one the best sub shops you must try!  It's actually on almost every traveler's guide as one of the top 10 places to eat.




My sister, leaving a note for the new parents. 

When the baby shower was over, the sis and I headed to Middletown, DE to see the old house.  She attempted to knock on the door to ask if we could come in, not creepy or weird in any way..."Hey stranger, you don't know us but, we used to live here and wanted to know if you'd let us in to look around." 
😜😊😇...but, no one answered the door.

Look at that lawn! My father and I planted those trees.
It was an adventure mowing the grass and this is only the front of the house!

After our nostalgic pit stop, we went our separate ways again.  I ventured further into Middletown to see my 3 godchildren.  Only one was home and he has gotten so tall and handsome!  His voice is different as well!  When he came up to me and said, "Hey Aunt Pooh," I almost cried but, I didn't!  I spent a little time there catching up, then I headed towards another friend.

On my last day, I ended up missing my 2:30pm flight due to the main highway being shut down and I had to purchase another flight for 6pm through United Airlines, less than $200.

 Before the flight, I made a stop at Wawa.  Anyone who has ever lived in the Delaware and South Pennsylvania regions know about Wawa!  It may not seem like much to visitors or anyone else foreign to the areas but, it is everything to the residents!  Wawa is a convenient store chain with great coffee, snacks, drinks, a deli counter, ATM, emergency supplies, and other necessities for your day; some of the locations have gas pumps and are usually priced lower than competitors.   The best part is they are open 24 hours.  "Wawa Runs" at 2am were common in my early twenties. 😝😏😆


My original flight back to Texas was through Spirit Airlines, $181 one way with one stop in Florida, one checked bag, $32.  This was supposed to be my second time flying Spirit, the first was earlier this year with a round trip travel to Las Vegas.  I have heard people complain about the pricing through the airline stating, "They charge for everything!"  This is true BUT, they are very upfront with their fees and do not have any 'hidden costs'.  Everything is outlined on their website, if you do not take the time to read the details, then who really is to blame??? 👀

Well, Penn, Del, and Maryland, until next time.

READ ABOUT MY OTHER TRIPS EARLIER THIS YEAR
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