Really the signs say that! And believe me you, there is a big ass star on top of the hill! Just incase you can't remember where you are. There are some really cool sights here that I will need to remember for my next project. On the side of a building there is a real old pained Sealy ad with a gal in a pink nightie, it is from the 50's and rocks! On one of the bridges here the is also a kick ass sign that Nate pointed out. I will need to get a pic of that all light up some night.
This is the mass email I sent out to everyone today:
So far, so great! I flew in to Bethlehem on Thursday and my supervisor, Ozzie picked Lyle and me up from the airport. Ozzie is so nice and it was great to finally put a face to a name. He gave us the tour of this beautiful historical campus. This campus is straight out of a movie! The buildings are so old and gigantic. We drove past many places where they are working on replacing the multimillion dollar SLATE roofs. Really I do not even know what building to describe first, they are all beautiful. This campus is amazing! We stopped a few places to get things done like getting my first Staff/Faculty ID and then off to my new apartment. Let me tell you, the security around here is like no where I have been before. If you hold the door open for more than 18 seconds an alarm goes off! Plus all apartment doors lock when you shut them, I bet many individuals get locked out quite frequently. My apartment is on the 4th floor of a beautiful building that is in their campus square. It is a very nice apartment with all the fixings. Ozzie made sure I had everything when I got here, cutting boards, gourmet fruit basket, microwave, TV, bottled water, you name it and they supplied it. Lyle had the luxury of unwrapping everything and putting it into its place. From my living room window you can see one of the oldest steel mills, at first I thought Lyle was crazy to think it was so cool but after hearing everyone here talk with so much love for the old stacks I started to appreciate them a bit more. Then tonight when the sun was setting and I looked over to the stacks it was beautiful. Also from my windows if you look directly down it is the campus square where many students hang out, quite similar to the union in Madison.
The past couple days Lyle and I have gone all over this town. Bethlehem is split up by a river. Lehigh University (1865) is on the south side which seems to be a bit artsy and has really cool shops. Like I said before Lehigh is beautiful and is built into a hill. There are steps everywhere on this campus, yuck! The bricks of the buildings and all the ivy is amazing. This campus is a real treasure. On the north side is the Moravian College (6th oldest college in the US, 1742) and of course all the historical sidewalks, fountains, and buildings that are many firsts for our nation. When walking on the north side you feel like you are back in time. The colonial buildings over there are amazing and date back to even before our nation was born. There are historical landmark signs every five feet it feels like with things like "treaty was signed here" or "Washington frequently drank at this bar". It is really cool, if you have ever been to Boston it is somewhat similar only like I said many firsts.
Lyle and I wandered all over this town stopping at my place of work (got to see my new office) and for a movie (Star Wars) and then meet up with an old friend of ours Nate. We explored the outer cities (Allentown and Easton) with the help of Nate, who has lived in the area for about a year now. Oh, one highlight of visiting Easton, PA was going to the Crayola store and seeing Nate's artwork on new crayon boxes and then going out for Thai food at one of Nate's favorite restaurants. Nate also spent the night with us here in Bethlehem where we spent some time reminiscing about Northern and all our friends (we decided we need a reunion).
Interesting enough when Lyle and I first got here we found a robin egg and Lyle mentioned he had never seen a young, small robin. I told him thats because they don't look like robins when they are still little. Well last night walking in Easton Nate pointed out a fat baby robin hiding in the iris hopping around yet still to little to fly. It just seemed to perfect of a coincidence.