Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis is a major city in Minnesota that forms "Twin Cities" with the neighboring state capital of St. Paul. Bisected by the Mississippi River, it's known for its parks and lakes. Minneapolis is also home to many cultural landmarks like the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum, and the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, famed for Claes Oldenburg's "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture.

🙂 First Baseball Game! Mall of America!

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I headed to Minneapolis on business and had a Sunday to kill so I arranged a scenic tour of the Twin Cities…and learnt so much that I did not know about this City! Minnesota is the unofficial Norwegian capital of the United States: More Norwegians live in Minnesota than in any other state. Minnesota’s Scandinavian roots are a big part of the state’s national identity, from the Vikings football team to the Norwegian bachelor farmers of Lake Wobegon. Over a quarter of a million Swedes came to Minnesota between 1850 and 1930, drawn primarily by economic opportunities not available to them at home. 10 percent of Minnesotans report Irish ancestry. Irish immigrants began coming to the Minnesota region in the 1820s as soldiers at Fort Snelling and lumberjacks from Canada. Because of its location on the east bank of the Mississippi River, St. Paul grew quickly through the 1840s and 1850s. The name “Twin Cities” comes from the region’s two core cities, Minneapolis and Saint Paul, which border each other share many of the same political, educational, and cultural institutions – and are thus considered to be “twins”. St. Paul was more Catholic and Democratic, while Minneapolis was more Protestant and Republican. 

The Mall of America is something to behold!! It is the largest shopping mall in the United States, and is located in Bloomington and opened in 1992. With over 520 stores, there’s something for everyone… From fashion and food to tech and toys as well as a massive theme park and rollercoasters! MOA estimates it would take you 86 hours to visit every store in the mall—provided you didn’t spend more than 10 minutes in each. Nickelodeon Universe, formerly Camp Snoopy, is the name of the indoor theme park in the centre of the mall. The park features roller coasters, among numerous other rides and attractions and is the largest indoor theme park in the United States. The rides include the roller coasters SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, Fairly Odd Coaster, Back at the Barnyard Hayride and Avatar Airbender, and a thrill ride called BrainSurge. It also has a miniature golfing section called Moose Mountain. This miniature golf course features eighteen holes and a relatively fast astroturf surface. At the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, guests travel through a 91 m curved tunnel through 4.3 m of water to view over 4,500 sea creatures including sharks, turtles, stingrays and many more. Amazing.

My first ever Baseball game!! Did not have a clue what was going on but a lovely man who was with his son did his best to explain the rules to me. It was so cool to order a hotdog and a beer – just like in the Movies!! It was rammed!! Our seats were right at the very top! The Minnesota Twins are an American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis. The Twins compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League Central Division. The team is named after the Twin Cities area which includes the two adjoining cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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