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.
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.
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.
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.