Reading Terminal Market is the most amazing place. Think Saturday Market but on a grander scale with all sorts of odds and ends shops, meat markets, diners, and candy and dessert counters galore. The place is huge.
Look Magda, bread!
We stopped by a little bookshop that sold ancient books that look like they could be ornamental pieces in a rich home. I searched all over for a particular book and finally found it when we were about to leave. Which book you ask?
The Don of course! I only found the first part but it was cool nonetheless. We wandered around for a bit til 3:30 and then headed back to watch Penn's first football game which was against Duquesne.
There was a stand for students to take bread to throw after each quarter. I figured out why we throw toast..it's not because we were trying to say that the other team was "toast" like I thought, but because there's a line about toasting our university in our fight song. So that's that. The football game however was quite slow and pretty uneventful. The only good part, besides Penn winning 41 to 14, was that students get free admission. There were a couple of pretty obnoxious people sitting behind us which made the game all the more unpleasant. One was a drunk blonde girl and she kept reading a guy's shirt who was sitting a few rows below us. It read, "Shit happens when you party naked." I guess she wanted to get his attention but he kept ignoring her and she kept yelling at him. The other was a guy who kept yelling "Duquesne sucks!" every so often like he couldn't come up with anything more original than that. It makes me wonder how people can be so smart and so retarded at the same time. Most of the toast was thrown after the third quarter and my group decided to leave a little after the fourth started. It's kind of sad when the only reason you want to stay at a football game is to watch the machine drive around to pick up the toast. I think the machine broke though because it picked up a plastic bowling pin someone threw and was dropping more toast than it was picking up.
The whole throwing toast tradition is so wastful. You could make so many grilled cheese sandwiches with all that toast..or feed several hungry African children.
Here is a picture of a helmet vehicle.