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July 16, 2022

July 19, 2022

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As my Eastern Journey nears an end, I find myself increasingly in tourist mode. As a history buff, Philadelphia was a great place for that. The highlight was to see the Liberty Bell and to read about its history before making it to the bell display. I did talk to a minister at probably the most iconic church in the city, Christ Church. But basically, I had other things on my mind.

First, I drove to Philadelphia from NYC to park my car and catch a direct flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia, the next day. The golf tournament with a bunch of high school buddies, and one gal, was next in Bridgewater. Upon my return, I spent three night and took in a few sights but was looking forward to my one-night return to NYC to stay with my Airbnb hosts from earlier.

On Tuesday, July 19, I experienced my first night in New York and saw my first Broadway Play, “Come From Away.” That musical is about the 9/11 grounding of 38 planes and 6700 people in Gander, Newfoundland, population about 9,000. Having grown up in Nova Scotia, I was very familiar with Newfoundland uniqueness and incredible humanity. That is why the story made Broadway only to become the Schoenfeld Theatre’s longest running show in its 105-year history and one of the longest ever on Broadway. It blew me away!

One more city, Cleveland.

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