Old friends are great friends!

So every year or every other year, some friends of mine from grad school and I get together to see each other. MK got married 5 years ago, and I was lucky enough to attend the wedding (in India!) and the reception in Boston. KE got married 4 years ago (the same exact day as MK, no less) and was lucky enough to go to that wedding too (in Lexington, KY). In the intervening 4 years, I’ve seen both of them several times, but never together.

Well, this past weekend we remedied all that. They both flew in to Philly on Thursday night, and thus began a weekend of girl-talk, food quests, and hanging out. It was great. Friday at noon, we saw a free concert at World Cafe LiveJackie Greene. He was amazing, and I’m off to buy his latest CD soon. That evening, we headed to see the Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers in interleague play. Overall, it was an amazingly boring game, but the Phils managed to win in fine fashion, on a home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Saturday was the Day Where Nothing Was Planned. We ended up walking all around U of Penn’s campus, and had a great lunch at Marathon Grill. After power naps, we decided to head to the historic area of town and bum around. We saw (the outside of) Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell pavilion, the Maxfield Parrish/Louis Tiffany “Dream Garden” mosaic, and Elfreth’s Alley. For dinner, we hit Kingdom of Vegetarians. That’s a meal I won’t soon forget… I highly recommend the Szechuan green beans and the Singapore noodles. My moo shu vegetables were okay, but nothing to write home about. Amy had Tai Chi (imitation) Chicken and seemed to like it a lot.

After collapsing into bed, I was quite fine with not having made early-morning reservations for the Barnes Foundation on Sunday. We did have tickets for noon, and managed to get there right in time to snag tickets for the free docent tour. In my opinion, having the docent tour is the only real way to see the Barnes.

For lunch, we ate leftovers (oh yummy leftovers) from lunch and dinner the day before. Then it was time to head to the airport and see the girls off. I was sad to see them go, and I think Maggie is terribly upset that KE is gone – the two of them hit it off like it was no one’s business, which warms my heart.

Then I went to Amy’s and crashed… Back to the grind today, though. Wheeee!

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