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In Florida, there is plenty of sunshine, heat, and beaches. Some may want to add old people. I never realized until I came here that Florida is looked at as the “Retirement State.” I find it funny that I now see the label come alive when I visit home.
- Jasmin Ramirez
What you won’t find, for the most part, are trains, subways, or heavy reliance on public transportation. I may not be from a major city, but even in Orlando and Miami, there aren’t any long trains passing over the highways.
Being from Florida, I take a lot of visits to the Philadelphia Airport. Before I discovered the train, I contributed a great deal of money to Uber. During my fall semester, I swear that company was set for years with the amount of money I invested in Uber rides.
Here is what I learned: You can take a train from the Glenside Station directly to the airport. You won’t have to exit the train until you have reached your final destination, which is very efficient.
Now, I’m a public transit aficionado. The trains may seem scary and gritty, but once you know the tips and tricks to get to your destination, it won’t feel so intimidating. So these are for my fellow public transportation newbies:
When I splurge on an Independence Pass, I like to pack in as much sightseeing and restaurant-touring as possible. I tend to start off and linger around the Rittenhouse Square area. It’s very scenic, so you can get some A1 pictures for Instagram. If you find yourself in Rittenhouse, you’ll regret not stopping by Hip City Veg, a vegan hotspot with the best burgers and sweet potato fries, hands down. Their “secret sauce” is really just vegan chipotle mayo, but since the food is so unbelievably good, “secret sauce” sounds cooler. I am the only vegan in my group of friends, but they all love it!
Or, if you’re craving some bomb pizza, check out Slice. It is located on a Rittenhouse sidestreet, which may sound sketchy, but I promise is worthwhile.
Jump back on public transit for an outing to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Here, you’ll find amazing art pieces and breathtaking atmosphere.
Subways and buses can get you to a number of neighborhoods that host Escape Rooms, which include obstacle courses and riddles for you to solve and try to “escape” through. This is the ultimate roommate bonding experience!
But no matter your plans, the most important thing is to get out of your dorm and discover Philadelphia. There’s no excuse not to. Public transit can get you almost anywhere.