Since June 8th, Kayce, one of my best friends from growing up has been visiting to do a medical rotation at the local county hospital. This past weekend, her fiancé, Bjorn, came to stay with us too and the four of us had so much fun checking out different places around Minneapolis.
On Thursday night, I had my last class for Systemic Interviewing, which is basically a four hour role-play class. Each student is a therapist for an hour to the other three students who are pretending to be some kind of family unit. It’s totally exhausting and I was thrilled to be done with the class (although I’ll have even more role playing classes in the fall). It was past 9:00 by the time I got home, and Erik had picked up Bjorn from the airport and they were hanging out at Sociable Cider Werks with some of Erik’s co-workers. After grabbing something quick to eat, I walked over (we live a block away) and hung out for a bit playing “corn holes” (that’s what they call a bean bag toss). Kayce was working late for her shift at the hospital, so Erik and I went to bed before we saw her.
Kayce was working nights, so she slept in pretty late since she didn’t get home until 4am! When we finally all woke up on Friday morning, I decided to take them down to the St. Anthony neighborhood, which is along the Mississippi and right across from downtown. Originally I had planned on going to one restaurant, but I parked further away that I anticipated so we ended up going to Aster Cafe instead. We had delicious flatbread and chips and guacamole.
It was such a nice day so we went for a little walk down by the river and checked out the St. Anthony Falls. Then we walked down Hennepin Ave to Mill City Running so I could get some fuel for my long run the next day, and we also stopped at Surdyk’s to get some wine and cheese. Bjorn is a cheese aficionado so he picked out some really interesting flavors to try!
We dropped off the cheese at the house but we still had some time to kill before I had to be at work, so I decided it would a good time for some ice cream! We drove over to St. Paul to get ice cream at Izzy’s, which is a little overpriced but still really, really good. Then I drove us down Summit Avenue, where the nicest homes of St. Paul are, and all the way down to the Cathedral of St. Paul, which is just gorgeous.
After I finished work Friday night, I met up with Erik, Bjorn and Kayce at the Mill Northeast for a very late dinner. I ordered their ribs, which were spicy but very good (although I didn’t care for the sides that came with it — I’m neither a potato nor coleslaw girl).
I made a promise to myself to finally get up early on Saturday morning and go for my long run, but even though I set my alarm for 6:30 a.m., I still don’t think it was early enough! I managed to get 11 out of 12 miles done, which was good, but I was so hot and sluggish by the end. I’m really struggling with these long runs, even though my pace for my 3-5 mile runs are really improving.
We went to a very late brunch at Eat Street Social, but it was a disappointing experience for me. My crepes, which were good, were really tiny and I didn’t leave very satisfied. On top of that, there was hardly anyone there and the table next to us were so incredibly loud and obnoxious. I mean, they were celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, so it’s hard to be too upset but they were just being super loud and vulgar and it was hard to tune them out to have our own conversations. It’s fine when there’s enough ambient noise but when it’s just you and another table? So obnoxious.
The rest of Saturday afternoon was actually spent at home because Kayce and I were both pretty beat and the city was pretty crazy with the Pride Weekend festivities going on. I just didn’t have the energy to deal with crowds. Erik and Bjorn went rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors, Kayce slept before her shift, and I left for my shift at Pier 1. When I came home, Erik, Kayce and Bjorn sitting around our fire pit in the backyard and they were… making s’mores! My favorite! Definitely a great way to end an otherwise disappointing day.
We once again slept in pretty late on Sunday morning, but then rallied and headed down to Mall of America. We had the intention of going on some rides, but it ended up being a little too expensive for just one or two rides. It’s a much better deal to go for a whole day, so we planned on doing that again another time. Instead, we played mini-golf and ate gelato before dropping Bjorn off at the airport.
And that was our weekend! It was fun playing tour guide in Minneapolis, but also hard because I haven’t been here long enough to have a lot of “must sees” or anything. But it’s slowly get easier to think of things to show off now that I’m more familiar with the Twin Cities.