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Dance for eternity

Dance for eternity

As we, me alongside my host parents Tom and Lou, approach the Sioux Trail at Prior Lake, I'm getting more and more excited. This tiny hill is the location of the 2012 Wacipi, also called as 'Pow wow', the annual meeting of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community near Minneapolis. Year by year, hundreds of native americans, from all over the country draw near this area to meet the local indian tribe community and to celebrate their culture and traditions.

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From the Twin Cities to the Queen City

I had got accustomed to life in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The warm hospitality, the nice summer weather, an occasional ice cream cone at Izzy’s, pizza at Davani’s, shopping at Super America or the nearest Target, hanging out with my host families, playing football [soccer] every Saturday with a group of Ugandan residents, lectures in the Roach Centre at the University of St. Thomas, van rides to different destinations and of course my cosy apartment. Life was good and simple.

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So this is about the first unofficial day at DNC

I tried to combine various elements to capture a little bit of the mood in the country, starting with the preparations of the DNC that seems like a huge playground for journalists and volunteers then frustrated democrats to what would be the expectations of Michelle Obama's speech on Tuesday Night. Don't be fooled, apart from the title, the piece is in German.

www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/politik/welt/484598_Yes-we-can-again.html

 

 

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Minnesota nice

Minnesota nice

This is my first visit to the US. Everything I knew about this country was what I saw on television or what I read in books. But thanks to the World Press Institute fellowship, I have the opportunity to see it first-hand. Before I came here, I stereotyped Americans as people who don’t give a damn about foreigners. After all, many Americans are expatriates. How wrong I was that I actually feel a bit embarrassed.

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Mississippi reflections

One of the joys of being in Minneapolis and St Paul is walking next to the Mississippi River.  I didn't know before I came here that the river flowed through this part of the world. (In my mind the river only existed in the south somewhere, courtesy of Mark Twain).

But, as it turns out,  it's just behind the university where I'm staying and I've tried everyday to find time to stroll beside it. It's special. Sometimes I climb down from the path to sit on a rock ledge and watch it flow. 

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Land of the barbarian's sword

Hello America,

My name is Olavi and I’m from Finland. I’m staying in the USA until October, travelling around the country and learning about the society.

It’s easy for me to be open-minded, because I already have a good feeling about you guys. That is because of one person.

No, I don’t mean Barack Obama.

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