Yes, it’s true. Despite what you may have heard (or quite rationally assumed), people really do continue to live in and travel to the US state of Minnesota during the winter — subzero Fahrenheit temperatures and all.
Photo by Anubhav Saxena
As an American who hails from what’s generally referred to as a “flyover state,” I get it.
The United States is big; the coastal cities are major and famous; there are only 24 hours in a day. Of course you want to go to New York and LA, Miami and San Francisco. I’m not here to crush your dreams. (Well, not all of them, anyway.)
So hopefully by now, I’ve convinced you to go to Minneapolis. In which case: hey, fantastic! Way to go, me. (And you too, I guess.) I hope you’ll love it.
But why stop there? There’s plenty more to see in Minnesota, and I know just where you should go next.
Photo by Austin Schmid
When I opened up my social media feeds this past weekend, I was blown away.
Blown away by just how many people were out on the streets on Saturday protesting hate, inequality, and injustice. Blown away by the photos of the crowds, the witty signs they made, the powerful words they spoke and posted. Blown away by the sheer size of it, not just in DC or across the US, but around the world. I saw some amazing awareness, compassion, understanding, and support taking place, and it warmed my heart.
This past “summer” in the Netherlands was pretty much what I’ve come to expect after two years.
It was cold. It was cloudy. It was wet. I grumbled and pouted and questioned nearly every day why I had chosen to live in such a godforsaken place, which I can only assume means I should get my Dutch passport in the mail any day now. (“Je bent één van ons. Veel sterkte.”)
Photo by Aaron Burden
When you’ve been living abroad for as long as I have, the idea of “going home” starts to become a bit fuzzy.
Though I use the word frequently — referring to either my current mailing address here in the Netherlands, or my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota — if someone were to straight up ask me what I consider home, I wouldn’t be able to answer. At least, not without an explanation.