W Minneapolis - The Foshay
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... sign to explore this area....and there was no one there. The buildings were abandoned and falling apart. Street signs were rusted and roads were crumbling. It was eerie. We could hardly wrap our brains around what it was that we were actually seeing. And we kept on seeing it. The recovery areas in the USA after the housing bubble burst....or after this global warming disaster event....or that free trade agreement.... were directly related to things like if you were in ...
... in the top 10 of the 'most livable cities in North America' ... and, if you ever visit, you will see why.
I also visited the Minnesota History Center - the usual history of settlement, native people and suchlike, as well as a display on Minnesota's contribution to WW2.
For example, many of the M-8 Greyhound Armoured Cars used by US forces were built in factories in Minneapolis ... see the pictures.
... and ice fish. We were told that by November the lakes will be frozen over with an ice depth of 1 foot, growing to 3 foot by the end of winter.
After the exercise we headed off to visit the Mall of America, at one time the largest mall in the world. It was a huge monstrosity that almost immediately put me into a bad mood. Within the mall there were roller coasters, huge lego displays, ...
... some TV and had a huge nap much to his father's despair as Mike is sure he won't sleep tonight! Linda and I went to pick up her Mum Rosine to take her out to dinner and to do some grocery shopping. It is very hard to believe that Rosine is 91!! Had dinner at Red Lobster - a chain of seafood restaurants - I had Clam Chowder, Caesar Salad, ...
... These are my three because in different ways, these three things while having never been there before, made me feel on top of the world. Everybody's top three can be different, but what is common for everyone's top three is that we all shared the experiences together.
So how am I feeling about everything, now that I'm here sitting on my couch writing this? Super happy about being back home, no other place I'd be. But for everyone ...