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This is about as exciting as it gets...
So, it's been a while since I last wrote an entry on my blog, but do not fear brave readers, I haven't been stuck in the UK for 6 months. My one woman crusade to add as much CO2 to the atmosphere is still well underway, oh yeah!
Since I've finally gone somewhere new I thought it was time for a quick catch up, I would imagine this could be the only travelblog from the fair city of Eagan in Minnesota, oh yeah!
You may ask 'why Eagan?' In fact you are probably asking yourself 'where the hell is Eagan?' I'll explain. It is a city south of the twin cities of St Paul and Minneapolis in the mid-west state of Minnesota. I was visiting for work, so that isn't particularly interesting in itself. And to be fair, Eagan isn't particularly interesting, it's most notable claim to fame is the vast 'Mall of America' which is alleged to be the biggest mall in the US. It's pretty big, even has a few fair ground rides in the middle. But I guess the Minnesotan winters are long and there ain't a lot else to do round these parts, oh yeah!
What else is there to say about Eagan? Nothing, oh yeah!
Of course any knowledge I had of Minnesota before my trip can be summed up in the fact I watched the film 'Fargo
' where they all speak funny, oh yeah!
This is due to a large amount of the population being descended from Norwegians which has left it's legacy in a lot of surnames ending in 'son' and a rather nice way of saying 'Oh yeah, you betcha!'
But of course there is more in Minnesota than Eagan and although it was a brief trip over I managed to get a couple of quick trips in to St Paul, this is one of the 'Twin Cities' on one side of the famous Mississippi river, Minneapolis being on the other side. I believe those who live in Minneapolis might like to refer to St Paul as just another suburb of their city, but I wouldn’t want to comment on that.
A night out was had in the Cathedral area of St Paul and I sampled one of the local brews, a nice beverage made by the Minneapolis based Surly Brewing company. They have a good range
The world under one roof
Mall rats will love this, it was a bit like being in Vegas, it was so huge.
of beers with some great names; there is Surly Furious, Surly Bender and Cynic Ale. I tried the Surly Abrasive which at 9% may have been named after the type of hangover you might get if you drink too much of it. I only had a couple but I think it helped improve my darts playing later on in the evening (ahem, I don’t think the new boss was impressed that much).
So a brief visit, but I hope it will be the first of many and I’ll actually make it in to Minneapolis next time and maybe I’ll even hire a big truck and go shoot something like the locals, I'm thinking about going native. Afterall, they have even named a range of meat products after yours truely, I was presented with my very own tin of corned beef hash on arrival, but does it make me a cannibal if I eat it?
But this is not the sum total of my travel in the last few months, as usual there have been a few ski trips and some other work trips to New York and a nice Korfball weekend in Eindhoven, also very flat just like
Not St Paul's cathedral
But St Paul cathedral, spot the difference?
Minnesota so I’ve selected a few photos for your enjoyment. Oh yeah!
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