I really wanted to leave this city.I got bored with the city. I had been waiting for the day when I will have a new career in a bigger city without too much snow. I was a little frustrated when I had almost only option to stay in Minnesota for graduate school in 2015 because I dreamed about moving somewhere else like NYC, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Silicon Valley area or somewhere nicer and bigger than Minneapolis.
Finally, the dream of exodus came true this year and now I started the new life in other city: Stockholm(which is totally unexpected for me as well). Stockholm is ,of course, bigger than Minneapolis for sure. Living in Stockholm has a similar aspect of living in Seoul that I have been missing while staying in Minneapolis. Although it’s getting darker, Stockholm has been treating me nicely so far. However, before leaving Minneapolis, reunions with many great friends reminded me that it has not been that terrible at all. Getting to know a lot of nice and supportive friends has been a great part. Looking back, there have been beautiful moments and places. And I’ll definitely miss the time I jogged around the lakes in uptown when the weather is warm 🙂
University of Minnesota
This is the core part of my life in Minnesota. I had lived in Minnesota for 6 years and I spent 5 years in this school. I had met a lot of great friends whom I want to maintain the friendship for many years in the future. I didn’t like the fact that the school hardly cancelled the days during the snowstorm but maybe it helped me to become a stronger person mentally and physically. In my free time, I would take a nap on one of large couches in Coffman union or on the grass field when the weather is warm enough. When I want to study, I would go to Walter Library with all the beautiful and classic interior design or all-white Biomed library or Wilson library on the West bank with plenty of study spaces and fictions. If I want to have a coffee break, I would go to cafes in Dinkytown.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
As a big fan of museums, this museum has been my favorite place to go especially when there are special exhibitions ranging from Italian fashion to German Christian art and they never disappointed me. It was a good place to enjoy by myself or hanging out with similar minded friends who also enjoy art. Besides the special exhibition, the general exhibition is quite extensive and free so don’t miss the opportunity to look around if you are here.
It’s definitely my favorite area in Minneapolis. If I were kind of a yuppy(I know it’s too 90s), I would have chosen to live in a nice apartment around the lakes. It has both nature and urban. In summer, you can enjoy kayaking and canoeing. There is also a nice bike trailer around this area. If you walk from this lake for about 10-20 min, you can also go to uptown area where there are a lot of hip restaurants and bars.
Downtown near Mississippi River
It’s near Guthrie Theater and the farmer’s market takes place in this area. You can go to the top floor of the theater to enjoy the nice view of the stone arch bridge. Stone Arch Bridge connects to the neighborhood called ‘Marcy Holmes’ and it’s one of the neighborhoods that I enjoy going to for cheese store and restaurants. On the night of the Independence day, there are a group of people who occupied the spots for a long time for the best view of firework.
Last but not least, State Fair
State Fair is a temporary event that takes place every year usually from late August to early September. It’s the time when you will witness the largest crowd and swamp of people in Minnesota annually. Minnesota State Fair is quite famous across the country so people from other states visit the state just for this. At first, coming from a big city in Korea, I was culturally shocked how rural it is(in Seoul, you usually hang out in very urban environment instead of seeing pigs, cows). But now I would miss fried American foods which you can only get at the fair. Luckily, I went to the fair just before I left the States with some of my close friends.:)
I hope I have a chance to visit this city in near future and have an amazing reunion with old friends! It’s not likely that I’ll return to the city to live again but it will always be a special place for me in my life.