Journey to Pittsburgh

Cool, dry air, brightly colored fall leaves, traffic lights, pumpkins, berries, cars…were just some of the things which overwhelmed me in traveling back to Pittsburgh.

The city of Pittsburgh with its three intersecting rivers.
The city of Pittsburgh with its three intersecting rivers.

Crossing streets in the US were surprisingly difficult. On multiple occasions people pulled me back to the sidewalk. In the Philippines traffic flows like water, few rules and always constant, as you wander through it, it moves around you. In US cities you must walk on pedestrian crosswalks and wait for a walk signal. In my whirlwind two week trip I ventured into the road at the inappropriate time and location on several occasions but luckily no damage was done. There are also no traffic lights in the Province of Romblon. Even so I drove a car around Pittsburgh largely without mishap.

It is a bit colder in Pittsburgh than in the Philippines.
It is a bit colder in Pittsburgh than in the Philippines.

Despite the cold weather, I put on my wetsuit and went waterskiing in lake since Pennsylvania has no ocean. John was adjusted to the cold and did not need a winter jacket, hat or wetsuit.

Falling Water, an architectural wonder designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Falling Water, an architectural wonder designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

The reds, oranges and yellows of autumn leaves were the most beautiful! I was lucky to visit while the weather wasn’t too cold. By November, Pittsburgh may receive some flurries of snow and beginning January, February and March snowstorms occasionally shut down school.

At the airport about to fly home - home as in the Philippines!
At the airport about to fly home – home as in the Philippines! It was a quick trip and I am already headed back.
From Pittsburgh to Detroit to Tokyo to Manila.
From Pittsburgh to Detroit to Tokyo to Manila, en route back to the Philippines.
Saying goodbye to fall colors and back to the heat of the tropics!
Saying goodbye to fall colors and back to the heat of the tropics!
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2 thoughts on “Journey to Pittsburgh”

  1. Hahaha – just so bundled!!! Reminds me of the van ride after getting off the river in NZ. We would just put on every possible piece of clothing to try and get feeling back in our hands and arms. Loved the kayaking…hated the cold!

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