Tuesday October 21st 2014
The weekend just gone we had fall break in which we got one day off classes. I went away to Pittsburgh for the weekend with MISO which is Mansfield International students organisation. It was a very busy but awesome weeekend.
I of course went to the bar on the thursday night beforehand and then went to a social gathering afterwrads with friends.
Myself and 27 others all went away to Pittsburgh for the weekend. We departed around 5:30 pm on friday october 17th. The drive to Pittsburgh was about 4 hours but we stopped for about an hour halfway through so that we could eat dinner. We arrived in Pittsburgh at around 11:30 pm . Our hotel was a litte outside of Pittsburgh as that weekend alot of hotels were all booked up! I shared a room with Solene,An ne and Sandra. The rooms were really small but as we were only there mainly to sleep we didnt complain!
Saturday October 18th
We had breakfast at the hotel and left around 10:30 am for the days activities. We went into thw city of Pittsburgh in which It was about a 20 minute drive there. Some of the other students went shopping or went up the tram, I spent the morning with An ne, Hans and Ben. The three of walked around Pittsburgh it was a long walk but it was a really good way to see the whole city. The only bad part about it was that it was bloody freezing!
Some facts about Pittsburgh!
It is the second largest city in the United States
The city is known for steel
it has a population of 305,841
It is home to the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, the steelers football team and the Pittsburgh penguins ice hockey team
the city was founded in 1758 by general John Forbes in honor of Englishman William Pitt
It is home to the University of Pittsburgh which has a total of over 28,000 students
Pittsburgh is often high on the list of most livabale cities
In 2009 it was the best sports city
We met the other students around 2 pm to go on a Duck Tour! Duck Tours (DUCKW) are a very popular tourist thing to do everywhere in the world. They are both a vehicle and a boat. The tour lasted for about an hour and a half and it was a really good way to see all of Pittsburgh and the many bridges throughout the city! The only downside of all it was that it was bloody cold and it started to rain.
That night I ate some delicious Mexican food for dinner with some new friends I made on the trip! I went out into the city that night with An ne and 6 other girls! We went to a bar in which we could get any drink for $2.25!!! very very cheap! and for the first time in forever I was able to dance!! After that we left to go to another bar in which they were a little picky about my Australian drivers license but we eventually found one that I was allowed to go into!! We got home around 3 am it was a rather fun and cheap night out!
Sunday October 19th
we departed form the hotel around 10 am to have another full day of activities. Today we went to the Carnegie Museum of natural history and the cathedral of Learning. The Cathedral of learning is a gothic style skyscrapper that was bulit in 1926. It is one of Pittsburghs landmarks and is the main campus for the University of Pittsburgh. The building itself is over 500 feet tall, we all went inside and got the elevator to the top in which it has a really lovely view of Pittsburgh!
After we visited the Cathedral of Learning we went into the musuem. It was really interesting as there is alot of beautiful artwork in the building aswell as a whole section on Dinosaurs! The museum was established in 1896. It is one of the top 5 natural history museums in the United States. We spent three hours in the musuem looking around as there was just so much to see!
Around 3 pm we departed Pittsburgh and went onto a huge mall called the waterfront. I walked around the mall with Ben in which we came across a huge halloween store! Although halloween is slightly celebrated in England and Australia you dont come across huge stores just full pf costumes!
That night all of the group ate dinner at P.F Changs which is a chinese restaurant and the food was delicious!
I went out again that night with a few of the girls however since it was a sunday not many bars were open so we went to a Hookah/Shisha bar instead. It was a pretty good night overall.
Monday October 20th
We departed from pittsburgh around 10:30 pm and made our way back to Mansfield however after almost an hour of driving, the bus that I was in happened to get a ripped tire so we were stuck in the middle of nowhere waiting for the AA to show up and fix it! Almost two hours later we were on the road again this was around 1:30 pm. About 2:30 pm we all stopped for lunch before heading on the road. We still had another 3 hours to go until Mansfield. Due to some other delays we finally arrived in Mansfield at around 6:55 pm. Although it took almost 9 hours to get home it was still a very fun weekend overall! I will make sure to go back to Pittsburgh next time to do the tram and to see either a football or baseball game!