Sorry I pulled a bit of a disappearing act this weekend â€“ Iâ€™m back on normal blogging schedule now! We had an absolutely awesome weekend back in our old college town, and the bachelorette had a blast. In fact, I think we had a little too much fun. 🙂
This morning, everyone pulled their life together and went their separate ways. Only my friend Bethany was left, so we decided to do a University of Pittsburgh tour.
PITT is an open campus, which means itâ€™s integrated into the city. This is one of my FAVORITE things about PITT because thereâ€™s so much more to the school than just academic buildings.
We started with brunch at one of our favorite places, Fuel and Fuddle.
Ironically, F&F has not changed one bit â€“ the decor is the same, the menu is the same. In fact, not much has changed about PITT since I graduated in 2006; some of the same bartenders are still at my favorite bars!
I opted for the egg wrap with wild rice, sangria salsa, and onions:
And a HUGE salad â€“ my body was craving vegetables!
Following a long gossip session, Bethany and I walked a few blocks to the main part of PITT campus to the Cathedral of Learning, the centerpiece of PITT.
Yes, the Cathedral is a REAL academic building, and I actually had many classes inside. Itâ€™s a really cool building!
Facts about the Cathedral:
- Itâ€™s the tallest academic building in the Western Hemisphere.
- Itâ€™s 42 stories tall.
- There are 2,000 rooms and 2,529 windows.
- It was built during the Great Depression and partially funded by donations from Pittsburghers and alumni.
It is also beautiful on the inside, too! I studied for many finals in the Great Room:
Bethany and I toured the Nationality Rooms of the Cathedral (funnily enough, we NEVER did this when we were actually at the school). There are a couple dozen rooms on the 1st and 3rd floors that are â€˜specialty roomsâ€™ donated by cultural groups in Pittsburgh. And YES â€“ real classes are held in all of these rooms!
The Austrian room:
The Japanese room:
The Indian room:
The Armenian room:
The African Heritage room:
I actually had Nonfiction Writing II in the African Heritage roomâ€¦ the seats were as uncomfortable as I remember.
After our tour, Bethany drove me to the airport, and now Iâ€™m waiting for my flight back to Orlando. I actually just had a really good cry session all alone in the waiting area. I miss PITT and my girlfriends so much. Those years were truly the best years of my lifeâ€¦ I guess I feel like nothing will ever really compare to college. It was just such an awesome experience for me, and life is so different now. Life is great, but itâ€™s just different. :(
Canâ€™t believe that 8 years have passed since I moved into the 16th floor of Tower A (the one of the right).
Times flies! At least I get to see everyone again on July 3 for Sarahâ€™s wedding.