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A Trip to Pennsylvania and New Jersey


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My trip to Pennsylvania and New Jersey was pretty uneventful until the flights home, but it was still fun.

I left bright and early on Tuesday morning to head to Philadelphia. I made it to my hotel just after 5:30 pm. I unpacked a bit, changed into my gym clothes and headed down to the gym. When I got into the gym, there were several guys working out and a woman.
Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
 View from my hotel room
Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
Another view

I hoped onto the treadmill and started noticing the guys were wearing this The Damn Tour t-shirts. I wanted to try to figure out who was in this room because it has to be someone famous. But before I could finish googling The Damn Tour, the lady next to me came up to the guy on the other side of me and asked if they could facetime her daughter and so they did.

Turns out it was Kendrick Lamar and his crew in there. Kendrick facetimed her daughter as a birthday surprise and the 15 year old girl was soooo excited. Once they got off the phone, I introduced myself, said hello and chatted for a few seconds. Then the camera man that was down there with them asked if it was ok to have me in the camera shots and I agreed to it. So who knows, I may be on a Kendrick Lamar documentary.

I told my husband about this and he said I should have fan girled it out a bit and got a photo.

After my workout, I showered, changed and headed to Luke's Lobster for dinner. I had a lobster roll (duh), chips and coleslaw. Sooo good.
Luke's Lobster in Philadelphia

After dinner I walked around Walnut and Chestnut (shopping areas) for a bit before heading back to my hotel. I wanted a glass of wine, so I headed back to my hotel. Problem was there was a huge magazine party there. Good news was they had a little area at the bar for hotel guest. I got my glass of wine and then headed upstairs to bed.

Wednesday I worked in Trenton and Princeton. Princeton was beautiful and everything was located near the campus. I took a brief walk around campus. Wow. So much history and so beautiful.
Princeton University Campus
Princeton University Campus
Princeton University Campus

After finishing work, I headed back to Philadelphia. That evening I had Italian food at the Gran Caffe followed by their famous gelato. It did not disappoint. I walked back to my hotel and crashed early.

Thursday I headed towards Atlantic City for work. I worked there and all around the Jersey Shore area. I had ice cream at my favorite spot in Stone Harbor, Springers. Springers chip. Amazing. It is coffee ice cream with chocolate chunks in it. It was my favorite when I visited for a wedding while pregnant with the girls and it is still a favorite.
Springer's Ice Cream
Springer's Ice Cream

I did more work and then headed back to Philadelphia. I didn't get back until after 6 pm because tons of traffic. There was another two tour buses outside and I was dying to know who was staying there. The valet had no idea and neither did others. Boo.

I went to the gym and then headed out to Zavino for some pizza. The food was good per usual. I then walked around some shops before heading back to my hotel.

Friday was my day to leave. I had lunch at this amazing falafel place and then headed to the airport.
Falafel

My flight from Philadelphia to Denver ended up getting diverted into Scottsbluff, Nebraska. What we thought would be a 20 minute diversion, turned into almost 3 hours. So that was at least 7 hours of no food at that point. I was wishing I had gotten the tapas snack box on the plane. Ugh.
United drinks

I got this drink for free after making friends with the flight attendant. He was awesome. Our captain was also pretty awesome. He kept giving us updates in person and was really funny. He made light of the situation and made us feel better. At one point, we had to move our plane for another plane. So he hoped in the "drivers seat" and moved the plane. How often do you see this happen? Never.
airplane

We made it into Denver around 10 pm. This was after sitting on the tarmac for awhile waiting for a gate. I called to get a different flight at a later time, but had no luck. I was stuck in Denver, so I started calling hotels to get a room and everything was sold out. I had to drive out to Boulder for a hotel. I got to my hotel at 12:45 am and after 15 or 16 hours, I finally had a Stouffers single serving of lasagna. Lasagna never tasted so good.

At 5 am, I got a call from the airline saying they booked me on the non-stop at 11:15 instead of the 6 pm flight. That made me happy, but I had only slept about 3 hours at that point. I wasn't able to get much sleep after that. I made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare and then my flight was delayed an hour. Ugh. But I made it back to Reno and all was well. That is until the baggage came. I didn't see my bag and got worried, but it ended up being the second to the last off the flight. I got home just after 2:15 pm. But at least I was home!

And that recaps my Philadelphia/New Jersey trip!

17 comments:

  1. Meeting a rapper, traveling around some of the east coast, and crazy travels on the way home...sounds like an eventful week to me. Goodness!

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  2. That's crazy you met Kendrick Lamar!! Sounds like a whirlwind work trip and you got eat and see some pretty amazing things! Boo to the craziness on your way home!

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  3. What a whirlwind trip! I would love to go there someday, it seems like an incredible place with so much history.

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  4. Oh wow that is so cool that you met Kendrick Lamar!! He rocks.

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  5. I haven't been there in so long! That lobster role has me wanting to go RIGHT NOW!

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  6. That's so crazy that he was there! What good timing on your part. I would have missed out because I'd have never been working out, ha! Love that so much. Glad you had such great sightseeing to do and everything sounded wonderful...except the flight home!

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  7. Sorry you had such a process trying to get home, but yay for free wine! And how fun that you may be on the documentary! Keep us posted <3
    Green Fashionista

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  8. Aww, I bet you were soooo happy to be home. That Falfafel thingy looks amazing; I've never had it. Your sweet face on that documentary will be the BEST part!

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  9. So funny about Kendrick Lamar! Princeton's campus is pretty but those statues freaked me out once when I was there at night, lol!

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  10. Mmmm ice cream and lobster rolls are right up my alley! Thats pretty crazy about Kendrick Lamar!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

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  11. That is so cool about Kendrick Lamar... you're gonna be famous! Haha. And girl, I still can't believe how awful your trip home was. I'm so glad that you made it safely. Goodness gracious.

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  12. Um yes you should have gotten a pic with Kendrick Lamar! What cool story! You ate well, although I would have had to get a Philly cheesesteak! Sorry about the rough travels home, those are the worst. Glad you finally got home with bags in tow!

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  13. That food looks awesome!! Sorry your travel home wasn't as pleasant as all the food and rest of your traveling was!

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  14. ugh on all the travel nightmares. That's why I hate traveling at all.
    Wouldnt that be so funny if you are in some sort of show with Kendrick Lamar. So cool!

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  15. You're going to be famous!! All of this food looks so good, especially the lobster roll and ice cream. I miss good Northeast seafood! Ugh sorry about the diversion and overnight - what a bummer, at least you eventually got home safely!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

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  16. How fun to meet Kendrick Lamar in the gym of your hotel! So cool if you’re in their pictures they post. So, what is your occupation? Cool that you get to travel so much for it! What a trip home!

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  17. That is so cool that you saw Kendrick Lamar and might be in the documentary! I totally would have asked for a picture. It's cool that he surprised that woman's daughter. Just listening to your delays and flight makes me exhausted!

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