Friday, November 2, 2007

Not the Pitts

Down south, Pittsburgh has come to symbolise all that’s allegedly “wrong” about the north. It’s gritty, it’s smoggy, it’s dirty, not to mention cold and wet. Burly steelworkers clanging beers after a long day dodging sparks, the rough equivalent of blackfaced Welsh coal miners.

Not so.

Pittsburgh is pretty nice. We were mostly in an area called Oakland, near Carnegie-Mellon and UPitt. Great college-town environment, friendly people, great food, lots of things to see and do. We went to The Waterfront shopping village, walked around Oakland, rode the Duquesne Incline, visited the Apple Store Shadyside, hung out with old buddies TJ and Mark W, and took a special side trip (more about that later).

We were impressed. The football obsession is a little unhealthy, but other than that -- very nice. Pictures are here.