Hey, I’m Ashley Feucht, a twenty-something college grad on a mission to get out of limbo (otherwise known as my parents’ house in South Jersey).
“Limbo” is more than just where I live—it’s my job status (freelance, which is really just a fancy term for unemployed), my social life (not awful, but not very exciting), and who I am (still trying to figure that one out).
For me, the “light at the end of the tunnel” is just over the bridge in the neighboring city of Philadelphia. That’s where I want to be. Philadelphia is inspiring, exciting, and close to home. There are so many things I love about the city—the creative people who live there; the murals, mosaics, and graffiti; the boutique-y shops and mom-and-pop restaurants; the local music scene and artistic culture. This is the kind of stuff you don’t find in South Jersey.
I’ve been visiting Philly all my life, but recently my visits have become more frequent. You can find me stepping off the PATCO and whipping out my GPS (because, even though Philadelphia is basically one giant grid, I still get lost all the time) or holding up cars while I try to parallel park like an amateur. When I finally reach my destination, I’m usually on my laptop at a coffee shop, browsing local places for jobs, bopping my head at a live show, taking advantage of bar happy hours, thrift shopping, or visiting friends.
You’d think living less than ten minutes from Philadelphia would make my goal fairly easy to achieve, but getting where I want to be is no easy task. This blog is a written account of my mission to become a Philadelphia local, and a chronicle of my discoveries along the way.