Philadelphia, United States
Emma, 26
In-house Nanny
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Since graduating from college last May, I've spent the last year as a live-in nanny in Philadelphia. After spending four amazing years at Temple (go Owls!), I wanted to find a way to save money while also still continuing to live in Philly and I got lucky and landed this gig. Over the last year, I've gotten to take care of a super cute baby while also continuing to explore this beautiful city that I love so much. Win-win.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I honestly don't think I can say I've had any bad jobs. I know that's boring, but as long as I like the people I'm working with I really don't care what the job is.

Were you born and raised in Philadelphia? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Philadelphia?

I grew up in the suburbs about 45 minutes outside of Philly. My parents both love the city so I spent a lot of my childhood visiting Philly. My dad grew up in Brooklyn so we took a lot of trips to New York as well and I think it's safe to say that I've inherited there love of cities. I moved into the city 5 years ago to go to school. Looking back, I couldn't imagine going to a better school in a better city.

What’s your current hood in Philadelphia and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Right now I'm living in Graduate Hospital, or Southwest Center City. It's great because you're within walking of everything going on in Center City but far enough away that it's a little quieter. I think the only bad thing I can say about it is I wish that there were a few more restaurants/coffee shops/etc. but it's still kind of an up-and-coming area and new stuff is popping up everywhere which is fun.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Gosh, that's a loaded question if I've ever heard one. I guess I mostly listen to a lot of alternative and singer song-writer kinds of music. I studied abroad in Spain so I listen to A LOT of reggaeton and other latin music. I also like going out to bars and dancing so I dabble in Top 40 Music.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Anything I can belt out and sing to. I love singing and it's always been really therapeutic for me. Throw on some Adele or Amy or better yet a solid Broadway musical and that'll make my heart happy.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Game of Thrones. No explanation necessary.

Name some spots in Philadelphia that are good for a Tinder date.

Hah. Well, certainly depends on your level of comfort but there's quite a few good spots. It's summertime which means all of our beer gardens are open. Some of my favorites for dates are Spruce Street Harbor Park, PHS beer garden and the traveling beer garden Parks on Tap. I also really like going to Time which has free live jazz every week night at 9. Helium Comedy Club holds a $5 open mic night every Tuesday and Yards Brewing Company gives free brewery tours. Biking on the Schuylkill River Trail, ice skating/roller blading at Blue Cross RiverRink (depending on the season) and any Philly museum are also great...I could keep going haha.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Someone please roast Taylor Swift I beg you.

Who’s your hero and where in Philadelphia would you take them out for a serious hang?

I wouldn't consider him my hero, but I think I'd really love to hang out with President Obama and just walk around historic Philadelphia and pick his brain.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Girl, everything is from Marshall's and H&M. I'd rather spend my money on plane tickets.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Pat's or Geno's. No self-respecting Philadelphian would be caught dead eating a cheesesteak from either. (If you want a good cheesesteak, my personal favorites are Jim's or Dalessandro's).

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I really love that we have so many parks to go to in and around Philly. I love to spend time walking around, hiking and whatnot in places like Fairmount Park and Wissahickon Park but I never make a point to do it.

Where do you go in Philadelphia for a casual night out?

Listening to jazz at Time is definitely a go-to of mine. I also like Graffiti Bar, it's an outdoor bar behind the restaurant Sampan (one of the best restaurant happy hours in the city) that has a cool vibe. Tattooed Mom is one of my favorite dive bars. It's cool, cheap and the second floor has pool tables to shoot around on. Another bar that's great for a casual day or night is Frankford Hall. It's a German-style beer garden with an outdoor section complete with picnic tables, jenga and your pick of giant bier steins.

Where would you go in Philadelphia to celebrate some freaking good news?

Bob & Barbara's for one reason and one reason only- $3 Citywides. Citywides are a drink special you need to learn about when you come to Philly (a shot and a beer). It originated as a shot of Jim Beam with a PBR but a lot of bars have started to do variations on that. They are as fun and as dangerous as they sound and Bob & Barb's is the dive bar citywides originated in and they're proud of it as you'll see front their wall art.

What’s your choice of transportation in Philadelphia and why?

Subway is definitely my transportation of choice but I live a little further from the subway now so I'll take the bus a lot. Not everyone really utilizes the buses but I think they're one of the best ways to get around so don't be afraid to try it. Philly is also really walkable which is awesome. I try to walk as much as I can.

What are the Philadelphia spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Running up the Rocky steps is a must, even I love to do that. If you haven't seen at least the first Rocky movie, go watch it. Everyone also likes to go to the Museum of Art, which is a wonderful museum, but the real gem is the Barnes Foundation. It has one of the finest collections of art I've ever seen. Personally, my favorite place to take people when they come to visit is Magic Gardens. It's hard to explain what it is but just Google it and you'll see. And, of course, it wouldn't be Philadelphia if you didn't take advantage of learning about some of the incredible history this city has. Take a stroll through Old City and see.

What are the Philadelphia spots tourists should run from screaming?

Like I said PAT'S AND GENO'S. No. Just no. If you want to drive by and see the lines go for it but please to not get a cheesesteak there. I also like to tell people coming to visit to not wait in line to see the Liberty Bell if you're pressed for time. The line takes forever. Plus, There's a big window on the side of the building that you can look into to see the bell, sans line.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Philadelphia. How do you spend it?

Walking. Everywhere. I love this city so much and I get so much joy just walking all over. Along the Schuylkil, through Old City, around City Hall, over the Ben Franklin Bridge, anywhere I can.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Granada. When I studied abroad in northern Spain I got to travel around the country a lot and I fell in love with Granada. I've been dreaming about going back ever since.

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