20 June 2005

You Bet'cha

Okay, so where was I? Oh yes, St. Paul. Charles Schultz is from MN and all over St. Paul are Snoopys, Charlie Browns, Linuses, and Lucys! Whenever I figure out how to post pictures, I post one of Lucy & I outside an Old Fashioned Candy Shoppe. We ended our day in St. Paul by eating at Mickey's, which is a dining streetcar! It was so cool--there were about 25 seats, max, and you had to pay more for sitting in a booth. I figured what the heck, I'm on vacation and April grabbed a booth, some good grub, and finished with a root beer float! I was in heaven (although I'm sure the scales reflected otherwise!)

The next day, we headed to Minneapolis, had a look around the University of Minnesota--which is separated by the Mississippi River--and I discovered the joys (not!) of having class on East Bank and then having 10 minutes to book it to the next class, which was on the West Bank. We did a bit a shopping and then went downtown to have a browse around. We stopped in at the Hard Rock for a few token souveniers and ate some Minnesotan-Mex, which I have to admit is the closest to TexMex that I've been able to find. It could have, of course, been the fact that I was enamored with our waiter, who carded me....nah!!!!!! *grin*

After lunch, we headed back into St. Paul to take a boat ride down the Mighty Mississip. It was very Huck Finn, well, okay, not so much, but it was a historic guided tour (which means that every 15 minutes or so, a Mark Twain-esque announcer described some event that happened on whatever part of the river were we were floating). That evening we picked up Maddie (April's niece) and went to see The Hobbit, which was showing at the Children's Theatre. The play was good and the set design was amazing!

The next morning, we departed rather early for my Mini-Minnesota tour. It all started with a quest to find Paul Bunyon & Babe the Blue Ox and ended up at Lake Superior and crossing over into Wis-cahn-son. But unfortunately, I must dash, so I will have to save it for the next blurp!

have a great day!

:) shez

19 June 2005


Well, I'm back from my vacation....and as is usual, I could've definitely used another week!

Minnesota was great! I had so much fun!! (THANKS APRIL!!!!!!!) It was so beautiful and green and amazing and I know why it's referred to as the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes! However, I definitely couldn't live there in the winter. Yep, I am a wimp. I embrace this!

After a 2 hour delayed layover at DFW, I landed in Minneapolis around 1pm, got my bags and hopped the train to the Mall of America. It was huge. It had roller coasters, a ferris wheel, 4 stories of shopping (Bloomingdales!), a food court that went on and on and on and on, a huge movie theatre, and an aquarium. But the coolest part was Leggo Land!! 4 stories and leggos of every size and color and kits that allowed you to build everything from a life-size Harry Potter to any of the Star Wars characters and most of the ships as well!! I met April there and we spent the rest of the afternoon having a look around and doing a bit of shopping. I splurged and bought a really cool blue goldstone ring made from a Minnesotan Jewelry Commune. I even saw a slice (yes, a slice) of pizza that was--honestly--bigger than Ginger.

The next day was spent having a look around St. Paul. We went to the capitol building and I saw a picture of Jesse Ventura, as proof that it wasn't a bad joke--he indeed had been the Governor. I got to see a lot of St. Paul that day....in a vain attempt to find F. Scott Fitzgerald's house. In the end (without realizing it) we passed several times, finally admitting defeat and decided to move on and see other things namely lakes, the Mississippi River and some Indian Burial Mounds.

Not quite knowing the appropriate blogger etiquette on the length of each entry, I shall end here, but promise to be back soon with more tales of sightseeing, driving, boat rides, a play, and of couse, Paul Bunyon!

bye for now! have a great day!

:) shez