If you don’t understand the title of this post, then clearly you are not in post-Stanley-Cup-win-Pittsburgh, like I am.
In advance of our departure from the US (in my case) and the East Coast (in RP’s case) we’ve taken a couple of trips to regional American cities. A couple weeks ago we were in Detroit for 5 days (the excuse being the Detroit Electronic Music Festival) exploring the city, and we’re just wrapping up a few days in Pittsburgh (the excuse being the Phish concert in Burgettstown) after a stopover in DC.
To the critics who claim there is no way you could occupy yourself in this city for multiple days (ahemBigSisterahem) let me say: you have been served by PGH. This is a great town. List of some of the things we have done since being here:
- taken a long walk through the beautiful neighborhoods of Shadyside and Squirrel Hill, plus a walk through Schenley Park
- visited the lush Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park
- taken a ride on the Duquesne Incline during a tornado, had a drink at the top of the incline in Duquesne Heights while the street outside flooded and was struck by lightening, eaten at a fancy restaurant in Dusquene Heights with an excellent view of the storm as hail fell outside and the restaurant ceiling began to collapse
- visited the excellent National Aviary (obviously the natural habitat of BirdAbroad) and seen, among other creatures, the: bald eagle, fire-tufted barbet, keel-billed toucan, oscellated turkey, andean condor, wampoo fruit dove, screaming piha, and one two-toed sloth (to keep the birds company?)
- had the most perfect museum experience in history at the Mattress Factory
- gone to face-meltingly awesome Phish concert
- walked around the Strip District without, sadly, eating at Primanti’s(that’s pronounced “Primanny’s”, in case you were curious. Roast beef-french fry-cole slaw sandwich, anyone?)
- visited the Natural History Museum and U Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning
- visited the Pittsburgh-native Andy Warhol Museum (a good museum but, as it turns out, I don’t like Andy Warhol)
Plus, we took the Capitol Limited to get here from DC, which was a beautiful ride. So, World: I recommend Pittsburgh to you unreservedly.
RP recently wrote an article for OpenDemocracy with thoughts on our trip to Detroit, so I will leave that to him: “Letter from Motor City”.
I will also leave you with the sound of the Screaming Piha!