GETTING TO KNOW APPLE HOSTELS AGAIN

I decided at the last minute that since it was July 4th coming up, why not do a 30 Plus Teams Tour of the City of Brotherly Love even if it’s two days?

I actually just stayed for one day, July 4th until July 5th since Philadelphia is less than two hours from New York City .

Besides, hockey season is less than two months away, so I can spend a longer time in Philly then.

You can’t say the Sports Diva doesn’t have her priorities in order right?

I hadn’t been to Philadelphia in more than two years, which is surprising since it’s so close by.

I used to stay at the hostel that’s in the Historical Area of Philadelphia known as Center City, Apple Hostel.

This hostel is part of the Hostel International organization , so if you’re a member like I am, you can get a discount on your stay.

Apple Hostel is located at 33 Bank Street close to Independence Hall .

You can take a Greyhound bus or even better, the Megabus which goes to 6th Street, across from Independence Hall.

You can walk down to Bank Street from there.

If you have a lot of luggage, Megabus is the way to go

When I first stayed here, there was one hostel building .

Now, there’s two as the reception area has located to the the modern building across the street , known as the “West Wing”.

The rooms in the hostel are in the old building , known as the ” EastnWing”.

There’s no elevator in the building , which has three floors, so don’t look for one,

I stayed on the second floor in the 18 bed female dorm .

Each bed has outlets, a reading lamp, and a privacy curtain, which I don’t remember them having before.

The lights go out at 11pm and on at 10am, but if you have to get out before that time, just try not to disturb your fellow hostelmates.

Everyone is given a key card to get in out not just the hostel front door, but the door to your dorm or private room.

There’s also a code to get into your room.

While many of the hostels have free breakfasts every day, Apple Hostels only does on weekends , and that’s just cereal and oatmeal .

Since this area is filled with restaurants and stores , finding a place to eat breakfast isn’t a problem .

While the East Wing still has a kitchen, the main kitchen has moved to the new building , which looks like something out of one of those fancy interior magazines or commercials.

If your own 30 Plus Teams Tour brings you to the City of Brotherly Love , Apple Hostel should be the place to stay.

Believe me, you won’t be disappointed .

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PICTURES FROM MY SHORT 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR OF PHILADELPHIA

I was only there for a day, but it was July 4th and what better place to spend it than the birthplace of America , Philadelphia .

You might not get to the City of Brotherly Love , but let the pictures take you there if only for a few minutes.

ENJOY!

HELLO CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE

It’s July 4th and what would this day be without celebrating the birthday of the country in the place where the Declaration of Independence was written , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania .

I have been to Philadelphia many times but not in the past couple of years and especially not on July 4th.

I rode the 2:35pm Megabus ,which starts at 34th Street and 11th ave.

It’s supposed to be a 2hr ride depending on traffic , but with the way the driver was driving it might be shorter.

It seemed as though he either wanted to get home to eat some food , see the firecrackers or maybe he had a plane to catch because he went through the Lincoln Tunnel really fast.

When I and the other passengers finally settled in , the driver made several announcements .

One of which I really wasn’t in the mood to hear.

‘This bus will only be making ONE stop in Philadelphia today. Due to the July 4th parade , we will NOT be stopping at 6th and Market Street . ‘

Wouldn’t you know it?

That’s the stop that’s the closest to the hostel that I’m staying at .

It’s only 3-4 blocks away from 6th and Market.

I was going to have to do one of two things .

Take the SEPTA train from 30th street down to 2nd Street or walk 27 blocks to the Hostel.

As I’m only staying one night, I don’t have that many bags.

As the bus is getting closer and closer to Philly , I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet.

No matter what I decide to do , all that matters is that I’m spending America’s 243rd birthday in America’s first capital , Philadelphia .

WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE ?

It’s a quick trip but it’s another edition of the ever popular what’s in my suitcase .

I’m only spending almost two days where I’m going but because it’s July 4th , the Sports Diva just has to go somewhere and there’s a baseball game going on.

Can you guess where I’m going this time?

I’m not even bringing a suitcase this time.

One of my pocketbooks works just fine as you can see from the pictures.

Those packing cubes that I used for my trip to Vegas in June will fit everything and not be heavy as you know what .

I don’t know how I went so long without using these packing cubes .

It’s going to be hot and very humid but I’m there to celebrate America’s birthday.

It’s a quick trip but guess where I’m going on my next 30 Plus Teams Tour as you see what’s in my suitcase .

I didn’t get to wear this mini dress in Vegas , but I’m going to wear it now.

My sandals from Rainbow Shops here in Queens and my bag that’s going to hold all of my stuff .

My packing cubes from Marshalls Department Store that I used for my trip to Vegas . They worked so well then, I’m going to use them again .

Also my Sketchers drawstring bag and my stuffed animals Julian and making her first appearance , my little bear, Posh Spice.

Have you guessed where the Sports Diva is going to be spending her July 4th?

You’ll just have to wait and see.

COMING HOME ON THE NOT SO FRIENDLY SKIES OF UNITED AIRLINES

I returned back to New York on Friday morning , actually Newark Liberty Airport , after spending 5 great days doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas .

Las Vegas to Newark Liberty Airport turned out to be a cheaper fare than flying into the airport that’s in my backyard , JFK .

I got a “Basic Economy ” ticket from United Airlines .

I hadn’t flown on United Airlines since I lived in Los Angeles and that was a long time ago .

After the flight was over, I can see why I hadn’t flown them in years .

For one thing , United Airlines at Las Vegas McCarron International Airport isn’t in Terminal 1, where most of the other domestic carriers are.

It’s located in Terminal 3 where most of the International flights are.

To get from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3, you must take a shuttle bus .

If you want to try to walk to Terminal 3 from Terminal 1, dont even think about it .

This is Las Vegas after all , where things aren’t as close as they seem .

It’s not even close, and for some reason , there’s no Terminal 2.

Don’t ask.

When I finally arrived at the terminal to check in, I looked at the flights going back to the New York City area, which is Newark Liberty and JFK .

‘Cancelled , Cancelled , Cancelled , Delayed ‘.

Due to really bad weather in New York and New Jersey , a lot of flights have been cancelled.

Mine was delayed frim 10:45pm until 11:05pm.

Great.

I walked up to the kiosk and put in ny information .

I was going to carry on my little bag which was airline approved to fit into the overhead bin.

No such luck .

It wasn’t approved by United.

“Oh no. You have a basic economy ticket. You can only have a personal item. You have to check in your bag which is full size. It’s $30.”

This wasn’t friendly at all.

I’ve flown on other airlines with “Basic Economy “and let’s just say the Sports Diva isn’t a happy camper right now .

When I got to my gate , more surprises were to come.

‘This is a gate and time change for United flight 1999 with service to Newark Liberty . The flight is now leaving on time at 10:45pm and is now leaving from Gate 56 insted of Gate 53.

I was getting a lot of exercise in Vegas, even at the airport.

When we finally got on board , we were delayed again .

NO AIRCONDITIONING!

United really?

I was looking for entertainment but United wanted you to download their own app BEFORE you get on the plane, so you could watch movies, play movies,etc.

C’mon United step up your game, you aren’t Spirit Airlines .

I was so tired that I didn’t care that I was sitting in the middle seat or that I even missed the safety demonstration .

There was more “friendliness” from United when I looked for my bag.

After getting myself refreshed, I went to the baggage claim where my bag was.

Or at least where it should been.

I went down to baggage claim number 6 , and even though this was the the baggage claim for Flight 1999 , my bag was no where to to be found.

I went to the baggage office for all airlines, handed the lady my tag, and even described my bag, only to have the lady tell me;

“Nope, no leopard bag here. Did they tell you it was here?”

I was told to go to the United Baggage area where they could trace my bag.

The lady behind the counter looked as though I was interrupting her from something important , like a happy hour meeting or something .

“Oh your bag is at Baggage Claim 2.”

I walked to the baggage claim not wanting to know how on earth my bag got to a baggage claim where flight 1999 didn’t even arrive at .

I was ready to get out and take the PATH train to New York City .

After all this travelling by plane, I was more than ready to deal with the crazies on the New York City subways .

If it sounds like the Sports Diva had the return flight from hell, yeah I did.

Thank you United Airlines .