Sunday, June 12, 2011

Vacation Part III: Pittsburgh

We’ve been home over a week, and it feels like we weren’t gone at all.

We’re getting back into real life here finally. Ludi is back to work, and I am back to my FUNemployment. That vacation-state-of-mind is fading. So sad to see that go. But life has to keep moving forward, right? We can’t forget about our responsibilities forever. As much as we’d like to never vacuum again, the dust bunnies would eventually take over.

I keep sitting down to write the post about our Pittsburgh part of our vacation, but the words aren’t coming. Writer’s block. I wanted to do a whole post about it, like the other part, but perhaps that’s not needed. I’ll just say a few words here. And some pictures! Of course.

There’s always pictures.

Every time we’re in The States we go to Pittsburgh, PA. I lived there for 16 years after college, so it’s a given that we’d visit.  We (my mom, sister and I) love the shopping opportunities there. Target, Michael’s, Joann’s...

This year visited Heinz Field, where the (American) football teams Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers (University of Pittsburgh’s team) play. I hadn’t ever been there, but as you know, I always support ‘dem Stillers.

Gate A of Heinz Field - the backside of the score board

view from the cheap seats - though a view worth it's weight in gold

the bounce house

They designed the stadium's upper deck with shock absorbers (the yellow things in the picture above). When all the fans are jumping up and down after a touchdown, then the shock absorbers help keep it from collapsing.

Glad they thought of that.

It was an interesting tour, and it looks like a very nice stadium to watch a live football game. After the tour, we bought some Terrible Towels in the gift shop. Double Yoi!!! Bring on the next Superbowl, we’re ready!  Now if the NFL would settle their differences so we can have a season in September...

Another tradition when we go to Pittsburgh is a visit with my friends from my old place of work. We arranged an after work dinner at a local spot and had some good laughs. I meant to get a picture of us all, but we were having such a good time I forgot all about it until everyone was in their cars driving away. Darnit. Next time, someone remind me please?

On our way home we stopped at the outlet mall in Grove City. What a huge place. But it’s got everything! We even found the bread Ludi loves in the Pepperidge Farm shop they have there. Amazing. It wasn’t a great day for outdoor shopping though. We got rained on twice. But it was fun anyways. Shopping is always fun, right?

I always enjoy my trips to Pittsburgh. There’s always something else to do, things that I never did while I lived there. I hope there are many more trips to Pittsburgh in the future.