Weather / Water, Minneapolis
I understand the water part, after all it's soothing, refreshing and reflect the great Mississippi that flows through the city -- but here the water flows DOWN in the fountains as well as up [IDS Crystal Court/Gaviidae Common] -- and I suppose I understand the bird part -- the state bird is the Great Northern Diver Loon -- but there's LOTS of both inside and outside on Nicollet Mall! And in the case of the photo-collage here -- TOGETHER:)
The "Twin Cities" have devised many strategies for surviving the cold weather. One is the many "skyways" and connecting tunnels among the buildings in downtown Minneapolis. Another is the covered [if unheated] pedestrian bridge over the Mississippi Riverthat leads to the university. The road is on the level under the pedestrian level.
In fact, it has its uses. Of course, you can entertain kids all day by making snowmen or starting snowball fights, but you can also chill the wine simply by placing it outside on the deck. This bottle was ready to serve in less than 20 minutes!
Nothing unusual about a drive-thru bank window -- but inside a building? On the second floor???? Everything is downtown Minneapolis is designed to protect you from exposure to the cold during the winter months, but this was a new on on me!
Minnesotans favorite subject is the weather...Everybody talks about the weather....If you feel like talking to anybody, mention the cold or the wind and we will most definitely have an opinion=)