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Saturday, November 28, 2015

SEPTA's Santa Express, Middle Eastern Feasts, and Philadelphia Wanderings 11/27/2015

Yesterday mom and I ventured into the city to see SEPTA's Santa Express. I rely on public transit here and three years ago I stumbled upon the Santa Express by accident. We decided to see it in its entirety yesterday. We took the High Speed Line from Bridgeport to 69th Street (Upper Darby)at 9:03 AM. We saw this life insurance ad, cracked up, and I had to take a picture.

A half an hour later, we arrived at 69th Street Station. Mom and I saw the elves dancing around and the sax player playing. The Santa Express wasn't scheduled to leave until 10:15. We had a 40 minute wait. We loved watching the elves dance around with children and hand out gift bags. The one elf gave me a bag. Mom said, "see, sometimes being short does pay off!" While I'll send the Phillies hat to one of my foreign penpals as a "taste of Philadelphia" box (I'll be sending candy... was thinking of making him cookies, but that might be expensive to ship... just candy, tea, the hat, and poster)... the rest of the bag contained nice surprises. I received a gift card for a day of riding free on one of the tour buses, some candy, a bag of chips, necklace, and colouring books.

Finally, it was time to board the Santa Express. I loved how the el was decorated. I was happy that it wasn't only decorated for Christmas, but had Hanukkah colours as well (inclusion of all faiths is VERY important to me). When the Santa Express left, other passengers started singing carols until the elves came on. We all got off at 15th Street.

Mom and I went to the Christmas Village. A lot of the stores weren't open yet, so we went to Rittenhouse Square.

On the way to Rittenhouse Square, we went into the Shops at Liberty Place. We didn't see anything we liked, but did capture nice pictures.

I went into Urban Outfitters when we arrived at Rittenhouse Square, bought some gifts and something for myself. I got 40% off of everything I bought. I spent an hour in there. Mom and I were both hungry, so we took the Broad Street Line to Lombard/South, then walked to South Street where we went to Repo Records, then had lunch at Alyan's.

Alyan's is a Moroccan/Middle Eastern Restaurant. So good. I had kibbi for the first time. Kibbi is beef/lamb patties deep fried. I don't like the taste of lamb by itself, it's good mixed in with beef. I liked the kibbi and the Arabic spices were good. Of course, the Baba Ganouj was amazing. Mom had a chicken kabob sandwich and she enjoyed it as well. We took baklava home.

I loved this rug. It had flowers. :)

We left the city at 3 PM. I will be going into the city tomorrow to see the special at the Academy of Natural Sciences and to renew my membership, then have lunch at Cedars. Sunday is the only day Cedars opens for lunch. I can't wait to see my favorite waiter. :)

Thought this display was cool. :)

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