I went up to Philadelphia last weekend for a wedding of a good friend of mine from medical school. The wedding itself was tons of fun — both the ceremony and the chance to catch up with our old med school crowd — but I confess I had ulterior motives. I’m thinking about applying to some programs there for fellowship, so it was a great excuse to try out the city in a non-pressured way.
Philly reminds me a lot more of Washington DC than NYC. By which I mean, it may be more liveable for me. You can see the sun so that’s good, I guess? I don’t know. It really breaks my heart to have to leave this town in a little over a year. As much as I complain sometimes about (non-existent) traffic, just spending the weekend in Philly reminded me of all the little annoyances of city living. Slush piles everywhere. Running errands on foot, especially hauling groceries several blocks or on public transport. Lack of greenery. People around ALL THE TIME. Better than NYC, but still, I was very happy, if a little exhausted, to come home.