If you find yourself in Pittsburgh

18 Mar

I haven’t had internet access for the last few days because I’ve been in Pittsburgh with the pep band. But no worries, I intend to make up for all of those missed posts rapidly.

First, some quick travel suggestions if you are ever hanging out in Pittsburgh:

Pitt is kind of the hot but dumb younger sister of Philadelphia. Actually, I’ve never been to Philadelphia, so I have no idea if that’s true. However, Pittsburgh is a very pretty city. It has lots of old buildings that you just wouldn’t see on the west coast, and some cool news ones too. Plus just about everything is made out of steel.

One of my favorite buildings was the PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass) office building:


There are about six buildings like that and they are almost entirely glass.

I would strongly recommend the science center. It may be designed for children, but it’s lots of fun for college students too! A little bit pricy ($16 with student discount) but totally worth it. The best part? This: 


You can’t really tell in the picture, but it has a “You-Yo” (where you get to bounce up and down on a pulley system), a roller coaster simulator, a rock wall, a table where you play foosball against a robot, a bungee jumping trampoline, a place that measures how fast you throw a ball, all sorts of other sporty measurement things – it’s fantastic.

If you stay in Station Square, like we did, which is just to the south of downtown, you can get breakfast at Steel City Slammers instead of the ridiculously overpriced meal in the hotel lobby. It’s cheap, huge, and very greasy. They’re also open 11 pm to 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays for ice cream and other junk food. Amazing.

Another great way to spend a day is wandering the U Pitt and Carnegie Mellon campuses, which are right next to each other. You can explore the Cathedral of Learning (a 36-floor academic building, with the Honors college on the tippy top – it’s really cool!) and the academic buildings and the church and the student center and compare it all to your college experience. Fantastic. You can also wander through the nearby park. If you’re anything like me, you will pick up all of the student publications you can find in hopes of stealing great ideas from them.

Hungry? Go to Fatheads. That place is incredible. On the southside, best sandwiches you will ever eat, hands down. Plus handmade potato chips that are essentially heaven in potato form.


Oh, and if any of this sounds a expensive, well: carpe per diem!





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