Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I was walking home after a Philadelphia Orchestra concert. The concert featured Rachmaninoff's lyrical Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, a piece the composer had written with this orchestra in mind. It was a cold but clear mid-December night, and Rittenhouse Square was lit up with festive holiday lights. How did the city I couldn't wait to leave become the city I didn't want to leave? Gradually, then suddenly.