City of Brotherly Love

Philadelphia was a fun place to stay; it has good food, interesting things to see and do and is not too big as to be unmanageable.

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This is a view of the rooftops in South Philly,  where I stayed.

Thanks to a great list of recommendations, I explored Chinatown and the Reading Terminal Market (where I had my first Hershey’s Kiss), and got to see some history at Independence Hall.

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I also went on a tour around Eastern State Penitentiary, the first prison to use isolation as a way to help offenders to reflect on their actions and become better people. Obviously that didn’t work – solitary confinement is now considered a firm of punishment -but a lot of other places copied this model.

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It’s also very interesting to learn more about the American prison system. I have Thoughts about this, to say the least. As more and more facilities fill up, it’s going to require change,  of one kind or another.

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I am writing this from New York, where one can’t help but be distracted.  More soon!