GREETINGS FROM THE TWIN CITIES (and first impressions)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


^ The OCD side of me is pained to post this photo because the canvas is tilted... But I decided to share it anyway because this is my new town and I'm gonna love it. 

HELLO FROM MINNEAPOLIS! :)
I officially moved into my new home over Labor Day weekend, and I am completely ecstatic to be here.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
  • People love to give thumbs-ups & high-fives. 
  • Everyone here is so friendly and loves small talk. They strike up conversation everywhere we go - the local ice cream shop, in the elevator, on the street, etc. They just really want to know how you are doing. Even when I'm driving and I make a mistake, they wave at me and smile. THEY SMILE. 
  • Speaking of driving, the roads are awful here. Whoever constructed and planned these roads was awful. All left turns are basically U-turns, entry/exits of highways are on the same side, roads merge and split and change names whenever the want... It's a mess. Even my GPS gets confused sometimes. Next time I'll screenshot my Maps for you all to see, because then you'll see what I mean.
  • It's okay that I get lost all of the time because all highways are free! Bye, bye ipass.
  • People don't seem to follow traffic laws either. I've seen a handful of people run a red light, and I think the other day a car behind me honked at me for actually stopping at one... I dungetit.
  • All cop cars have the license plate, "POLICE." lol
  • The air is so clean. Every breath is so full and crisp and fresh and I love it. And the water is so fresh and smells like heaven.
  • People pronounce words funny. "Bag" as "bayg" - "About" as "aboht" - "Sorry" as "sohry." It's like we are in Canada. 
  • The city is concentrated with so many libraries and book stories. I did read beforehand that MN was the 3rd most literate city, but they really do value their books — and I can appreciate that! 
  • It's also concentrated with coffee shops, which I very much plan to check out. (;
That's about it so far! :) I do like it here, and E & I say everyday how thankful we are because everyone has gone above and beyond to welcome us to the city and make us feel at home. 

I don't start work for a couple of weeks and the movers (finally) come tomorrow, so I have a lot of free time on my hands. I want to...
- Learn calligraphy.
- Explore coffee shops.
- Check out church communities.
- Spend time with ze Lord.

<3 I shall keep y'all updated! 

9 comments :

  1. I just moved (back) to Minneapolis last weekend. The roads here really do suck. Traffic is terrible too. I love the coffee shops here. I'm actually reading your blog from a coffee shop, Espresso Royale. Minneapolis is great!

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    1. Oops! Just saw this comment after I responded to the last one. And ah, I can't believe that have Espresso Royale in Mn! We also had it on campus where I went to school in Illinois — I thought it was an Illinois thing. I'll definitely have to check it out out of nostalgia... :) Welcome back!

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  2. I miss the Midwest so much, East Coast folk don't smile. I hope you enjoy exploring the city and getting a chance to find a good book or twenty! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much for the sweet words! I'll definitely have to pick a good book to indulge... I've only been to the east coast a handful of times, but they do have a certain hustle&bustle to them. I'm sure YOUR midwest smile is bringing them joy in the east! :)

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    1. I do, too! In my old town, so many bookstores were closing down by the minute. This is something new! Even their local shops somehow stay in busines.

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    2. Me too! In my old town, all of the bookstores were closing down by the minute (minus the big chains like Barnes&Noble). But they all seem to be alive and well here!

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  4. Oooh, a city that likes books?! COUNT ME IN. I would spend forever exploring coffee shops and book shops. That sounds like my kind of place!

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    1. Girl, you and me both. You and me both! That is currently my life right now haha.

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