I was reminded tonight why I love this city. I was such a suburb girl for so long that I couldn't imagine living in the city. Then a few years ago I started working downtown – 2 blocks from Independence Hall – and I was hooked. The city was so vibrant and energetic. At the time it was great to be in the city and then go back home to the countryside (Chester County) at night. But the longing started then to start to explore more of what this beautiful city had to offer. So, last September, Bart and I took the plunge and moved into an upcoming neighborhood known as Northern Liberties. It was wonderful. So much was within walking or subway distance. We got to do so much, learn so much and meet so many new people.
While our relationship did not last, our love for the city has not changed. Although it was bittersweet because the move meant the end of something very wonderful, my move in June from Northern Liberties to Olde City was amazing. I have a beautiful, huge loft that is within steps of of fantastic restaurants, bars, shops, markets, parks and history. I am walking distance to just about everywhere in the city and am lucky enough to be only a couple of blocks from 2 of my dear friends.
The 3 of us (Denise, Tom and I) are city adventure buddies. We seek out new things in our very exciting city and try to experience all it has to offer. So, here we come to the reason for tonight's post. We attended an event called Night Lights on South Broad. The Academy of Fine Arts and the Center City District put together a street event with bands, stilt walkers, magicians, jugglers, food from the restaurants on South Broad and the best of all, light shows projected onto the sides of some of the beautiful famous buildings. We wandered up and down the street just watching the entertainers and gazing in awe at the light shows.
The beauty of the displays, the fun of the entertainers and bands, great taste of the nibbles and the companionship of great friends, just another reminder of how vital and vibrant this city can be. And why I am enjoying spending time here.