Today we went to Philadelphia, or, as the Americans say: Philly. Some of the hosts of the Dutch students came along. For some of them it was also the first time in the city. Philadelphia is the city where you can find the famous Liberty Bell. It is also the city that holds the Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The date says July 4th, 1776. In reality, it took five years to collect all the votes. In the summer, people line up for hours to see these places.
After this history tour, we had an afternoon of free time to spend in the city. We went to Chinatown.
After that we went to Reading Terminal Market. It is an old train station that is now filled with food stands. A lot of Dutch students wanted to taste the famous Phillie Cheesesteak. That is a sandwich with meat, onions and melty cheese. It is so gooood!
After this lunch, we went to see City Hall, took pictures at the love sign (which you probably know from the movies) and we walked by the Free Library and the Art Museum.
Even though it was a rainy day, we had a very good time! Back at Messiah College everybody took a shower to get warm and we hung out together the rest of the evening.