I've lived in
for four years, and can honestly say it is a great city with lots of things to do, great parks, surprising bike culture, and really great people (once you get to know them). The winter is probably the worst thing about it though. Make sure to eat at one of the small Mexican restaurants on Lake Street, but brush up on your Spanish before you do.
Well I was planning to stay at a hostel. It's a long story, but after getting on the plane at 2am and arriving Saturday morning at 7am I was in no mood for being stuffed around with. After 30 minutes and getting incomplete directions to the hostel I was back at the airport terminal. Once again I asked for public transport instructions. I was told to use Prime Shuttle for $15. The cost of these shuttle buses tend to add up and since
has a light rail to take you downtown for $1.50 I said if I take Prime Shuttle you can pay for it. The guy hung up on me and of course I went elsewhere, leaving me with a bad taste in my mouth for Minneapolins.
I lived in
for four years. The cool thing about that place is probably the lakes and the diversity of people that inhabit the area. I suggest checking out all kinds of restaurants there. You can have Mexican food in the south side (check out the Supermercado at Bloomington and Lake), Somalian food on the west bank, as well as the best cup of coffee in town at the Hard Times, Vietnamese food on Nicollet (try Pho Quan, on Nicollet and Eighteenth, I believe -- it's not much for ambiance, but the mock duck soup is fantastic and cheap, and also the Jasmine Deli). And then you can head over to Nye's Piano Bar in the Northeast and rock out some old time tunes with some old timers. There's great stuff in Northeast, too. Emily's is a winner. For vegetarians, you'll be in seventh heaven. You've got the Seward Cafe, Hard Times once again, and most places have veggie options galore just out of knowing so many liberals that patronize their businesses -- one of the many benefits of…
is a great city with a lot of diversity and lots of Swedish Americans. The people are very nice and the city is beautiful. Set on 10 or so lakes, it is a perfect summertime get away.
… Be sure and get on a bicycle to enjoy the many bike paths around the city's numerous lakes. Also kayaks and canoes can be rented. The 12-acre outdoor sculpture garden is exceptional and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is free and has a great collection of Asian art.
… Finally the first light rail line is open between the centre and in the direction of the airport and Mall of America. I lived in the Twin Cities and can't say enough good about them. Of course, winter is a shock but presents many opportunities like bright sunny days, ice fishing, winter sports, festivals, great museums, and theater.
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