Whether you’re done with finals or not, there’s a good chance your brain is, on a scale from one to mush, at least a Bui’s Hangover Special. We feel you. And we want to help (as much as our even mushier brains can)! Though a spending binge at Urban Outfitters will easily cure the average Penn student’s mental breakdown, forgetting about finals requires a bit more distance–from both our lovely campus and that $20 pair of pre-ripped tights you would have otherwise purchased.
Open up your minds and your Google Calendars, because we’ve compiled a list of 10 different ways you can burst the Penn bubble this weekend. Ready? Are you sure? Don’t even think about taking notes.
#10: People watch in Rittenhouse. This harmless staring contest with strangers is free, unexpectedly entertaining and within walking distance of DR-Hell. Pro tip: Pick up a 40 from Allegro’s beforehand to truly enhance your experience.
#7: Buy your family/significant other presents! In case E-bay and Craigslist have failed you thus far, we bet South Street has it. Just don’t tell us what it is.
#6: Check out a fancy bar. Prohibition-era joints are, like, totally hip these days. Throw on that flapper dress you have lying around from Halloween, and visit Franklin & Mortgage, Southwark or Ranstead Room. The drinks are pricey, but so is your taste, right? What we really mean: if you have boobs, use them.
#5: Walk. Anywhere. If you make it all the way to Old City, Mexican Post has some kick-ass nachos for refueling.
#4: Or don’t walk anywhere. You probably haven’t seen much of your bed this week, so give it a little extra lovin’! There’s no better way to escape reality than through full-blown unconsciousness, so go ahead and catch those much-needed ZZZ’s.
#3: You know the movies where people just walk around by themselves, drink espresso at boutique cafés and peruse erotic novels in niche bookstores until that broody-looking stranger they’ve seen everywhere finally approaches them, lamenting the fact that he has an extra ticket to a Hitchcock playing at The Ritz tonight? Yeah, well, that’s actually a thing in Old City. Try it. See what happens.
#2: Brunch on brunch on brunch. Whether you’re in the mood for french toast (Sabrina’s), have a few bucks to spend (oh hey Lacroix) or prefer something a little closer (Local 44), there’s truly no way you can go wrong with booze and breakfast.
#1: Treat yourself! We love you. We want you to love you, too. Stop thinking about the fact that we just said the L word and start pretending you’re in an episode of Sex & The City. And PLEASE, for the love of Prada, do not wear this.