Philadelphia, Road Trip

ROAD TRIP TO PHILADELPHIA

My friends love to travel. We visited our friends in other cities.

We visited former coworkers of the Caribbean. They live in two different cities: Philadelphia and Washington DC. First I helped my friends to open food stalls at Indonesian Food Bazaar and then we went straight to friends’ houses in other cities. Really fun.

My friends cooked and prepared food in the last two days. We left home at around 10.00am. Smooth traffic, we arrived the city on time.

 

Queens, New York

The Indonesian Food Bazaar was held in the church hall at Queens neighborhood. My friends immediately prepared the table and displayed the food. Sellers from all over the city. The food was delicious. I amazed by so many people in Indonesia who lives in New York. I walked from one table to another. Taste different kinds of snacks and Indonesian dishes. Hmmm!!!.

When my stomach full, I took a walk around the area surrounding the church. Queens is easily recognizable from the brownstone buildings. The largest boroughs of New York City. My friend took me to dinner on my first night in Elmhurst. This area full of Asian shops, markets and others.

Food Bazaar

Food Bazaar

 

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Indonesian food and snack. Yummy!!

 

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Philadelphia

When the time up we packed the table and drove to Philadelphia. Anyway … forgot to mention we also brought a dog. A dog with the spirit like an energizer bunny !!!. Funny and always wanted to get kisses and loves all the time. This time she had to stay in her cage except when eating and taking her business outside.

Our trip seamlessly from New York to Philadelphia. Due to late night, we a little lost. GPS directed the wrong path. We went through the long winding road. Finally, we arrived at their house and got a warm and friendly welcome contrast to the cold and drizzle evening.

The next morning we went to church in the city center. This morning was not as cold as last night. The sky was clear and blue. The trip to town was not so long. We reached the South Philly a half hour later. The area loaded with Indonesian factory workers or any other race of the middle class. My friend said casual communication between members of the church is the Java language or English. Most of them do not really understand Indonesian. The place is also the origin of several famous rapper-singers.

Once the service was complete, we hunted Indonesian food for lunch. There are many restaurants or shops Indonesia. We went to one of the ‘warung’ Indonesia (small restaurants). I ordered rice with pecel (Indonesian salad with peanut sauce). Plus spicy sambal, fried tofu, and tempeh fried with flour. Delicious!!!

Then we tour around the city.  At the same time, there was ongoing marathon caused one of the main roads jammed. We returned to the house, packed up and continue our trip to Washington DC.

 

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No wonder we lost last night…It’s in the middle of nowhere.

 

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South Philly

 

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Cars parked in every streets. Bump to bump.

Cars parked in every streets. Bump to bump.

 

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My lunch…nasi pecel with tempeh and tofu (left). Snacks on the shelf (right)

 

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Indonesian ‘Pandawa’ Shop

 

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Good day, Officer. Hope you have great day on cold weather.

 

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