Sunday, May 31, 2015

Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love! When I woke up this morning, I had the easy decision of choosing which box of cereal to open to enjoy with the milk Lyle got for me at the store last night: Cheerios, Raisin Bran, or Lucky Charms. Its good to start off with a bit of luck, especially when reading the scientific journal articles my lab group sent me.

Around noon, I asked who wanted to grab lunch at Wawa and picnic on Penn's campus. Jenna, Lyle, Michelle, and Kevin joined me (half of our REU group). For some, it was their first Wawa experience. Watching them order with ease on the touch screens at the sandwich counters seemed magical. We found a quiet picnic table and had a relaxing lunch. 

After lunch, we strolled around Penn's campus, visiting the mini Love statue and our friend Ben Franklin. 

There was no need for the old trolly system today - it was a nice day for walking. Our group was eager to see the Penn Nano/Bio Interface Center building. Following the campus map -and weak sense of direction I had from presenting at the Nano/Bio Interface Center for Penn Nano Days - we reached our destination.

Back at the IHouse, I focused on finishing the journal articles my lab group had sent me. In the afternoon, members from our REU group met the five French Masters students who are part of the GIANT/MINATEC exchange program with the Penn Nano/Bio Interface Center. Our groups engaged in conversation and then went grocery shopping together at The Fresh Grocer. Jenna and I shopped together and we are officially set for this week's meals.

For dinner, we went to an inexpensive Mexican/American restaurant Copabanana. Cooking meals this week will be fun but it was nice to dine in the city tonight.

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