Spring Break – day four // 03.07.2017

A Tuesday that would usually find us in class and around Harding found us instead at the Mall of America.

Lunch, shopping and arcade games — all on the agenda. My familiarity with the small malls of Arkansas didn’t prepare me for the behemoth of this Minnesota staple. For four of us, we only made it to the second floor to visit the food court, and that’s with about six hours spent in the mall.

Six hours. Only one floor. Yeah, it’s huge.

The other three made it up to the third and fourth floors where they spent some time in the arcade. We’re considering returning so that we get a glimpse of the what the rest of the mall looks like.

Today in seven photos:

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Mall of America // I’m a sucker for a shot with good lighting so long as I’m not in it.
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Mall of America // I’m a sucker for a shot with good lighting so long as I’m not in it.
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Mall of America // I’m a sucker for a shot with good lighting so long as I’m not in it.
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Mall of America // Some passersby, a mother and son, and a cool fountain.
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Mall of America // Taking a break from the walking and shopping.
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Mall of America // Showcasing our finds for the day that filled the back of the car. I’m not going to tell you how many of those bags are mine.
 
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Heading home // The setting sun cast rays through the back window of the car as we headed home.
 

We spent the rest of the afternoon and night at home. For me at least, the Mall of America was a first, and it didn’t disappoint.

Tomorrow we head to Duluth where the high is 25 degrees with high winds. Wish us luck.

-K

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Spring Break – day three // 03.06.2017

Today was day three of our much-welcomed break from school. Unfortunately, some of us had to do some schoolwork today, but that didn’t stop us from having a great day.

We spent our day in the Twin Cities: St. Paul and Minneapolis. We ate brunch at Black Coffee and Waffle Bar. (I had the “One Bad Pig” waffle —  a golden waffle with a thick slice of ham and swiss cheese on top — and it was incredible.) After stuffing our faces, we headed into downtown Minneapolis to The Foshay observation deck. Incredible views with some incredible lighting for photos.

After exploring downtown Minneapolis, we headed back to the house for a couple hours, played a game and ate tacos for dinner. There’s nothing much better than tacos.

The night wrapped up with a trip back into St. Paul with some friends from Sam’s church.

Twin Cities wrap-up:

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On the road // Heading into the Twin Cities.

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Black Coffee and Waffle Bar // Gourmet waffles and lattes — a perfect pair.

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Black Coffee and Waffle Bar // Gourmet waffles and lattes — a perfect pair.

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Foshay // Atop the observation deck at Foshay Tower.

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Foshay // Atop the observation deck at Foshay Tower.

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Foshay // Atop the observation deck at Foshay Tower.

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Foshay // Atop the observation deck at Foshay Tower.

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In the city // City scenes in downtown Minneapolis.

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In the city // Trying to figure out what piece of music was painted on a downtown wall.

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Back home // Playing an exciting game of Betrayal at the House on the Hill. Don’t worry — we defeated the dragon.

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In the city // Lightning lit up the St. Paul sky.

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In the city // The Smith Avenue bridge creates a picture-perfect nighttime scene.
Tomorrow takes us to the Mall of America! Stay tuned.

-K