Fridays are definitely starting to become my favourite day of the week as we travel to a different location each time via interviews with locals. This week, we’re getting to grips with everything that Philadelphia in the US of A has to show us. Are you ready?
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself and where you come from?
Hi! I’m Corinne, a travel blogger. I’m originally from a suburb of Philadelphia not far from the Delaware state line.
2. How long have you lived here? And what brought you here?
I’m a Philly girl born and bred. I attended college in West Philadelphia. I still live in the suburbs. But now I live in a more rural area with my husband and our miniature schnauzer.
3. What do you love most about your hometown?
I think Philadelphia is really under appreciated. When I would get frustrated because touring bands would frequently opt to play in NYC and DC instead of Philadelphia. We’d just get skipped over.
These days the city is thriving a lot more than it was even ten years ago. I love the diversity of the city and the size. It’s not so large that you get really lost but it’s not too small that there’s nothing new to explore. There’s always something fun going on and somewhere different to eat. Even as a local there’s plenty I haven’t seen and done.
4. Is there anything that frustrates or annoys you when tourists visit Philadelphia?
I think it’s disappointing that a lot of people go to the Philadelphia Museum of Art only to run up the “Rocky steps” but never actually go into the museum. Philly’s a really art-rich city with multiple art museums with some really impressive, high quality pieces. We’ve also got the only museum dedicated to Rodin outside of France.
5. In your opinion, which places should be at the top of any visitor’s wishlist in your hometown?
Definitely the Art Museum and also a visit to historical Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are important parts of American history that you simply shouldn’t miss. Elfreth’s Alley is the oldest residential block in the country.
6. What foods must visitors eat when in Philadelphia?
Obviously all the stereotypical ones: cheesesteaks, hoagies, and soft pretzels.
But you should also stop by Reading Terminal Market. It’s an indoor farmer’s market located downtown with a large number of Amish businesses. Try the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch (or Amish) food and also be sure to try scrapple. It’s like sausage: if you know how’s it’s made you won’t want to eat it. But it’s really delicious.
7. What’s your favourite word in your local language? Why? What does it mean?
Philly has a definite regional accent. Most people I know say “wooder” instead of “water.” That’s probably the biggest tell-tale sign you’re from Philadelphia.
8. What advice would you give to somebody moving to Philadelphia from another country?
Don’t be afraid to explore. Philadelphians are known for being opinionated and loud. They don’t hold back. But they’re also really loyal and helpful given the opportunity.
9. If you could describe your hometown in just one sentence, what would you say?
They don’t call it the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection for nothing!
10. If tourists were to know one thing about the local culture, what should that be?
Pennsylvania still has relatively strict liquor laws. For that reason, a lot of restaurants don’t sell wine but allow diners to bring their own. BYOB or “bring your own bottle” is very common.
Thanks Corinne – we’ve loved getting to know you and Philadelphia better!
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