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The Somali Shopping Mall

The Somali Shopping Mall

You can’t say you know a city if you don’t talk to the variety of folks who live in it. So, in the middle of the intense debate that Donald Trump brought to the table about immigrants, I told my host family Bob and Leaetta that I would like to know more about the Somali community living in Minneapolis. They did a research and found a recent Star Tribune article written by Adam Belz, about the largest Somali mall in the Twin Cities, located in Karmel Square. 

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CULTURAL BRIDGE

CULTURAL BRIDGE

 “No tickets available!” Everything is sold out till the end of October. That’s what I found in the website of the Minnesota orchestra, when I decided to get tickets for their concert on  October 16th, my birthday. Even the big philharmonics of Europe might envy such an interest. But why?! Why an orchestra playing classical music in the American Northwest suddenly got so popular?

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WiTF? (What is This Food?)

WiTF? (What is This Food?)

There is one thing every single person I have spoken to in Minnesota agrees on – that I must visit the state fair.

Locals say it’s an event rich with tradition, and attending is a rite of passage for all Minnesotans and their visitors. It boats livestock exhibits, prize winning produce, food and entertainment.

But the thing that intrigued me most was the phenomenon locals describe as food on a stick.

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​There is No Migration Crisis

​There is No Migration Crisis

The entire world is in panic. For the first time in dozens of years — actually for the first time in many generations — the cause isn't a war, a stock market crash or a natural disaster. The problem has a new, scary name: the migration crisis.

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USA on a stick

  Yesterday  at the state fair I noticed what ever was offered on a stick was greatly welcomed and adapted by everyone. That made me think what if the national and international issues of american politics was offered in a same way, would that solve the problems? Or bring more attaention to the topics? Here are 5 topics on sticks for you. Ofocurse in a cartoony way, enjoy!

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Home, away from home

It is Monday morning and well past the Sunday mid night deadline given to me by David, our "supreme guide", and the WPI executive director, to write this blog. See, for days on end I have been agonizing about what to write about my stay in the US so far-not because there is nothing to write home about but because there are so many titillating topics to chose from. Initially, I wanted to write about the US and its unusual consumer behavior or the warm reception accorded to us by the residents of Ely on a bitingly cold summer last week.

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The lesson at one-room school

The lesson at one-room school

Many Americans are rightfully mystified and concerned by nostalgia for communism, especially when they learn there are those who miss the Soviet Union not only among radicals in Putin’s Russia – but also in my home country of Ukraine. Americans saw the dark truth behind the Soviet Union, the oppressive single party, starvation, mass deportation and genocide – but they did not see how the USSR presented itself to the majority of its own citizens.

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Just Another Perfect Day in Paradise

Just Another Perfect Day in Paradise

The quaint little town of Ely north of Minnesota past the grey waters of Lake Superior, comes as a neat surprise all wrapped in lush green on a rainy evening late August. Our six-hour long first road trip in the United States with pit-stops at Highway 61 and Dylan playing in the car’s stereo, the much-debated lunch at Subway, at Finland (just a moniker for a town that has actually little to do with ‘Finland’), or even climbing rocks and contemplating a twenty-dollar bet to swim in icy water all add to the curiosity that is Ely.

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On life and death - in the news

Unfathomable deaths have dominated the news this week both in the US and Europe. In the US, a former reporter murdered two journalists from his former channel in Virginia on Wednesday on air. In Europe, Austrian police found a truck with dozens of bodies abandoned on the roadside.

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