29 setembro 2013

Minnesota Twins' Game

Um jogo de baseball com certeza é uma experiência bem americana para você viver quando estiver em Minneapolis. Ontem eu fui ao jogo do Twins contra o Indians e gostei, nem tanto como eu gostei de football americano, mas vale os dólares - claro, se você comprar os seats mais baratinhos, não acho que vale a pena pagar quase $100 para ver baseball.

É possível comprar os tickets pelo site oficial aqui.

Resultado do jogo aqui.


Twins tentou, mas não deu. Jogo perdido. 

minnesota twins
Baseball é um jogo longo, então seja paciente e vá com uma galera legal para conversar.
Twins Game
Target Field Stadium 


target field
Player do Indians

Ainda no início

Brit's Pub em Minneapolis

Um lugar suuuuuper legal para você ir quando estiver em Minneapolis é o Brit's Pub. Como o nome já diz, o pub é um pedacinho do Reino Unido na cidade dos lagos. Fui lá dia desses e amei.

Food: meu pedido foi uma sopa tradicional da Escócia, chamada Cock-a-leekie. Uma maravilha britânica. Depois de muita conversa divertida com os amigos, senti o cheirinho de café novo e pedi um com creme. Tudo isso, mais a tip do garçon, ficou por por $10 dólares. #choquei

É óbvio que, por ser um pub, lá em todo o tipo de beverages e comidas apropriadas para acompanhar também. Então, enjoy.
Decoração toda inspirada

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18 setembro 2013

Boliche em Minneapolis

Como eu disse anteriormente, tenho a pretensão de escrever dicas sobre a região de Minneapolis. Então, vou começar indicando o boliche que fui ontem à noite. É de graça, gente!!!

O lugar chama Park Tavern Bowling & Entertainment Center e às terças-feiras três partidas de boliche e três bebidas são free para as madames (mulher não paga)

O ambiente é divertido, tem muita música para empolgar o jogo e a galera que vai é bem tranquila. Enfim, eu recomendo.

Até a próxima tip.

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15 setembro 2013

150 coisas para fazer em Minneapolis

Encontrei esta listinha no Facebook. Não sei de quem é a autoria porque não tinha fonte, mas vou postar aqui porque tem um mix interesssante de opções pagas e grátis sobre 150 Things to do in Minneapolis.

1. Walk around Lake Harriet at sunset so you end up at the band shell for a little summer music. Then head up the hill to Sebastian Joe's for ice cream (two scoops, of course).

2. Spend the first two weeks of August racing from show to show for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Bonus: The first weekend in August, you can catch a Fringe performance in Uptown and then spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the Uptown Art Fair. End the day with a cool drink and good food at Chino Latino.

3. Enjoy lawn bowling on the roof at Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment.

4. iPod out of juice? Head on over to one of the five major Minneapolis parks anytime during the week to hear live music, part of Minneapolis Music in the Parks.

5. Sit on the deck of Tuggs Tavern in Saint Anthony Main in the summertime—enjoy a stuffed burger and lemonade while taking in the skyline and riverfront views.

6. Play bocce ball at the Nomad World Pub, or outdoors at the many Minneapolis parks.

7. Canoe and look at the beautiful houses along Lake of the Isles.

8. Enjoy the patio views over dinner at Monte Carlo Bar & Cafe in the summer.

9. Shop and eat your way through Mill City Farmers Market on a Saturday morning.

10. 450 different types of food served up deep fried, in a bucket, wrapped up and even on a stick warrant a trip down to the Minnesota State Fair.

11. View the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi every July, then head to the Soap Factory for the annual Ten Second Film Festival.

12. Catch some curb and watch the Art Car Parade in Uptown.

13. Stroll through a Japanese peace garden and the country’s second oldest public rose garden, located on picturesque Lake Harriet—on Minneapolis's Chain of Lakes.

14. Catch a glimpse of a Queen (the Queen of the Lakes) at an Aquatennial Parade.15. Watch the world go by at an outdoor concert in Peavey Plaza.

16. Get a bird's eye view of downtown Minneapolis from Prohibition, situated on the 27th floor of the W at the Foshay

17. Dance, drink and get "diva-d" at Twin Cities Pride Fest, the largest free gay pride festival in the country.

18. Enjoy sidewalk dining at dozens of restaurants along downtown's Nicollet Mall.

19. Float down the Mississippi on the Minneapolis Queen.

20. Rent in-line skates in Uptown and glide around Lake Calhoun.

21. Sit under the stars and watch a movie in Loring Park.

22. Hop on a Nice Ride bike at one of the 65 stations and explore the city on two wheels of eco-friendliness.

23. Rock out at the party "of a higher order": the Basilica Block Party.

24. Nosh on pomme frites and sip great beers at Café Barbette's Bastille Day Block Party.

25. Get your hip hop fix at Fifth Element record shop in Uptown.

26. Go vintage at Via's or Tatter's boutiques.

27. Cool off with a pint and watch a game of soccer at The Local, a favorite Irish pub on Nicollet Mall.

28. Catch a flick at the Riverview Theater and then set up camp with friends and a flight of wine on the patio of the River View Wine Bar.

29. Dine outside and people-watch in Uptown.

30. Play softball in one of Minneapolis's 170 parks, where the sport was created 100 years ago.

31. Attend a Sunday morning non-denominational service at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.

32. Go back in time on the Lake Harriet Streetcar.

33. Attend the free family day at the Walker Art Center.

34. Learn about Minneapolis history in 19 minutes flat at Mill City Museum.

35. Kayak, canoe or slide row St. Anthony Falls with the people at Above The Falls Sports.

36. Throw your tam in the air with Mary—the Mary Tyler Moore statue on Nicollet Mall, that is.

37. Walk through the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center.

38. Cruise down Victory Memorial Drive to Theodore Wirth Parkway and beyond, watching the wildlife (yes, in the city limits).

39. Play Frisbee golf—the Minneapolis area hosts more disc golf parks than almost any other metropolitan area in the U.S.

40. Explore Minneapolis with your taste buds at Spoonriver, La Belle Vie, Fogo de Chao and Saffron.

41. Enjoy dinner at the Oak Grille followed by a touring Broadway Show at the Historic State or Orpheum Theatre.

42. Grab a monocle, top hat and your best British accent and sample some bangers and mash with authentic English beer at Brit's Pub.

43. Get your football fix by watching a Gophers game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, then get professional and watch the Vikings at Mall of America Field on Sunday

44. Do the Mill City Suds Run.

45. Relax over a yummy brunch at Keys Café.

46. Learn something from a book—and the architecture—at the Minneapolis Central Library.

47. Arrive early and stay late at Gasthof's Oktoberfest festival every autumn.

48. Hear inspirational music at the Basilica of St. Mary, the oldest basilica in the country.

49. Enjoy a Tourtiere (French Meat Pie) after Sunday service at Minneapolis’s oldest church: Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

50. Take a trip back in time at Nye's Polonaise Room, rated the best bar in the nation, and belt out a tune at the piano bar.

51. Take a day to see nearly 100,000 items on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

52. Toga up and taste authentic Greek food and wine (along with music and cooking demos) at the Minneapolis Greek Festival.

53. Take a backstage tour of the Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater.

54. Find real deals at Off Fifth and Neiman Marcus' clearance floor in downtown Minneapolis.

55. Run around any of Minneapolis's 22 lakes to train for the Twin Cities Marathon in October.

56. Take home something with a Latin flair from Mercado Central, a market on Lake Street with more than 40 Latino businesses.

57. Steal a kiss with your sweetheart on the Stone Arch Bridge.

58. Duck into the Chambers Hotel's lobby and view the modern art collection.

59. For a late-night dinner, eat where the chefs go at 112 Eatery.

60. Shop at one of the eclectic boutiques in Northeast Minneapolis for a little something new.

61. See a show, puppet-style, at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.

62. Watch a classic movie—from the 40s or the 80s—at midnight on Saturdays at the Uptown Theater.

63. Learn about Minneapolis history and explore mill ruins at the Mill City Museum and Mill Ruins Park on the Mississippi Riverfront.

64. Rent a canoe and float on Lake of the Isles while enjoying the fall colors.

65. Hop on a Twin City trolley for a city tour.

66. Grab a seat at a Gophers basketball game at the University of Minnesota.

67. Splash around in a 15,000-foot water park, then ice skate indoors at The Depot.

68. Take the whole family for "kids eat free" day (Sunday) at popular local restaurant D'Amico & Sons.

69. Catch a show at a discount —go through the rush line at many local theaters.

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70. Known as the “Best of the Midwest,” check out the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

71. Bike or run around Lake Calhoun on a sunny weekend afternoon.

72. Enjoy outdoor baseball in the best sports venue in the nation: Target Field.

73. Take a lengthy bike ride with a bunch of friends down the Mississippi along the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.

74. Take the walking path out of Boom Island, down to St. Anthony Main, and across the Stone Arch Bridge, following the Mississippi River back to Boom Island.

75. Celebrate spring with friends over appetizers and drinks at Kieran's Irish Pub.

76. De-stress with a walk at a fun park or trail.

77. Peruse the artists' galleries and little shops at the Northrup King building in Minneapolis.

78. Meet an artist and buy their work at Northeast Minneapolis's Art-a-Whirl weekend.

79. Picnic near "Spoonbridge and Cherry" at the Minneapolis Sculpture Gardens.

80. Make the pilgrimage and find a treasure at the quaint Bryn Mawr neighborhood's annual Festival of Garage Sales.

81. Catch a glimpse of blooming talent at the Children's Theatre Company, the Tony Award-winning theater for youth.

82. Canoe down Minnehaha Creek, then view the fabulous Minnehaha Falls.

83. Learn Scandinavian customs and traditions in a historic mansion, the American Swedish Institute.

84. Spice up your breakfast at the well-loved, Cuban-flavored Victor's 1959 Café.

85. Stop to smell the flowers at the Macy's Spring Flower Show in its eighth floor auditorium at the flagship downtown Minneapolis store.

86. Fish for walleye at Lake Nokomis and Musky at Lake Calhoun.

87. Window-shop and stop for a bite in the Linden Hills neighborhood. 88. Learn and have fun while you're at it—take a Magical History Tour on a Segway.

89. Cool off in a revamped 50s gas station at Liberty Frozen Custard.

90. Line up for a May Day parade like no other on Bloomington Avenue.

91. Enjoy late-night cabaret theater every Saturday night at Balls at the Southern Theater.

92. Shop for locally designed clothing at Cliché, Local Motion and Design Collective.

93. Stroll Uptown at the annual CARAG neighborhood garage sale.

94. Ride a bike or cruise the Mt. Curve neighborhood, shaded by trees and gorgeous homes.

95. Hit the juice bar for OatsCreme at the Wedge—the highest grossing food co-op in the country.

96. Catch an indie film at the Lagoon Theater.

97. Get a taste of Eastern European goodness at Kramarczuk's Deli in "Nordeast" Minneapolis.

98. Salsa dance at Picosa on a Saturday night, with the lights of the skyline behind you.

99. Be pampered for cheap at the Aveda Institute in Northeast Minneapolis.

100. Break out some verse at a poetry slam at Kieran's Irish Pub.

101. Eat in the kitchen at Heidi's in South Minneapolis.

102. Hang around for the hysterical improv session after a performance at the Brave New Workshop.

103. Ask the Lake Harriet elf a question, via note (he lives in a tree). Come back the next day to find the answer.

104. Have dinner along a window table at Café Lurcat on a winter night, overlooking Loring Park covered in snow and lit by the streetlights.

105. During the holidays, watch the Holidazzle parade on Nicollet Mall while drinking hot chocolate.

106. Go ice-skating on lakes, ponds and community center fields.

107. Try rock-climbing indoors at Midwest Mountaineering for free.

108. Sample the house-made beer selection at Town Hall Brewery.

109. Bowl! Pick a lane at Bryant Lake Bowl, Elsie's or Stardust Lanes.

110. Enjoy a classic Christmas custom by taking in A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater.

111. Go ice-fishing on the frozen lakes.

112. Spoil yourself for no apparent reason: Fogo de Chão, Chino Latino or Ichiban.

113. Feeling cheap? Go people-watching in Uptown.

114. Witness the beauty and serenity of the season (without freezing outside!) at Macy’s 8th Floor Holiday Display.

115. Stop and smell the roses at Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

116. Saddle up to bar at the historic Band Box Diner for a classic breakfast, straight from the griddle.

117. Challenge your creativity at Paper Source in Uptown.

118. On a cold winter night, warm up with the sizzling pizza at Pizza Luce—open late!

119. Skate where the ice never melts—inside at the historic Depot in downtown Minneapolis.

120. Learn to in-line skate inside Mall of America Field.

121. Get competitive with the hipsters at the Uptown VFW on bingo night.

122. Visit the club that made Prince famous: First Avenue.

123. Cross-country ski at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.

124. Get a touch of summer at Surf Night at the Hexagon Bar (first Saturday of every month).

125. Explore the inner author in you at Open Book literary arts center in the Warehouse District.

126. Peruse global flavors of the world at Midtown Global Market on Lake Street.

127. Walk the skyways AND play golf at the Skyway Open. Careful, though; the IDS skyway breaks left.

128. Release your inner rowdy college side at a Minnesota Gopher basketball or hockey game.

129. Sample wines from around the world at Lucia's in Uptown.

130. Catch performance artists from around the world at Cedar Cultural Center in the West Bank.

131. Sip a drink in the Ice Bar at the Chambers Hotel—bring your mittens!

132. Warm up with the comfort rotisserie cooking at Brasa.

133. Grab a bite at Hubert's and then catch a Timberwolves game at the Target Center.

134. Discover your inner artist with a class at Intermedia Arts.

135. Stock up on paintings, photography, sculpture and more at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's annual student art sale.

136. Take a tour of holiday lights with MetroConnections.

137. Take in 5,000 years of art and culture at the always-free Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

138. Fly kites during the annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival.

139. Take photos of St. Anthony Falls from the Guthrie’s Endless Bridge that jets out over the Mississippi.

140. Ski—or just watch—the breathtakingly beautiful Luminary Loppet each February. The course is lit by thousands of candle lights.

141. Bundle up and go watch amateur and pro athletes compete in the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships in January on Lake Nokomis.

142. Venture out during the intermission of a show at the Guthrie Theater to savor a view of the riverfront.

143. No matter the season, take a brisk walk around Lake Harriet.

144. Take in some tunes at one of the many local bars and theaters. Favorites include: Triple Rock Social Club, Fine Line Music Cafe, the Varsity Theater and 331 Club.

145. See a radio show: The new Electric Arc Radio Show is taped live at the Women's Club Theatre.

146. Go to a sporting event—from roller derby and broomball to baseball and basketball.

147. Play pub trivia every night of the week at a different cool spot: 331 Club (Sunday), Triple Rock Social Club (Monday), Club Jager or Pi (Tuesday), The Corner Bar, Nomad World Pub, Pizza Luce or Leaning Tower of Pizza (Wednesday), Brit's Pub (Thursday), The Little Wagon (Friday), Chatterbox (Saturday).

148. Deck out your digs with cool furnishing finds at Warehouse District shops.

149. Chow on fabulous, budget-friendly sushi at Wasabi.

150. Something new that you find!

08 setembro 2013

Primeiro Au Pair Meeting

Isso mesmo. Cheguei na sexta-feira e logo no domingo tive meu primeiro Au Pair Meeting. Ainda bem que foi ótimo :)

O Au Pair Meeting consiste em um encontro para conhecer e conversar com Au Pairs que estão no mesmo grupo, ou seja, sob orientação da mesma Local Childcare Coordinator (LCC).

Esse aconteceu durante um passeio de barco no St. Croix River, onde fica a divisa do estado de Minnesota com Wisconsin. Conheci garotas francesas, mexicanas, espanholas e uma brasileira \o/

E fiz várias fotos também :)

St. Croix River

Au Pair

Meeting Au Pairs


Grupo de Au Pairs Cultural Care
Da esquerda para direita: Brasil, Espanha, México, França e Brasil.

07 setembro 2013

Cheguei nos EUA #2 - Au Pair em Minnesota


Depois da semana na Escola de Treinamento da Cultural Care nós fomos enviados para as host familys. Cheguei em Minnesota dia 23 de agosto, numa sexta-feira. 

A viagem foi tranquila e não enfrentei dificuldade nos aeroportos, afinal a dinâmica em todos eles é bem parecida. Além disso, estava acompanhada de dois Au Pairs (isso mesmo: dois e não duas. Eram um menino alemão e uma menina francesa) que vieram no mesmo vôo. 

Minha host family mora em Edina, uma das cidades vizinhas de Minneapolis, a capital de Minnesota. Bom, posso dizer que já achei tudo lindo quando ainda estava no avião esperando o pouso. A região é cheia de lagos e árvores, um visual maravilhoso. 

Na primeira semana, minha HM ( host mom) me levou para conhecer o Sculpture Garden - famoso ponto turístico em Minneapolis; a Westminster Presbyterian Church - belíssima. Conheci algumas garages sales - lojinhas que as pessoas fazem nas garagens durante o verão. Tomamos café numa padaria linda de Edina e depois fomos de bicicleta ao Harriet Lake. À noite jantamos num restaurante vietnamita m-a-r-a-v-i-l-h-o-s-o, de um tempero impressionante. Além, é claro, do maior shopping dos Estados Unidos da América, o Mall of America e da State Fair - a exposição agropecuária de Minnesota. Como não se sentir em casa?

Vista aérea de Minneapolis - MN

Famoso jardim de Minneapolis
Escultura mais famosa do Sculpture Garden
Edina, Minnesota
Uma ótima ideia para as estantes de livros em Brasília. Essas casinhas têm portinhas que protegem os livros.

Edina, Minnesota
As garages sales são famosas por serem baratas. Não é o caso do exemplo acima, mas acredito que essas peças sejam de colecionador, por isso o preço salgado. 

Enfim, tudo lindo e maravilhoso, graças a Deus! 

P.S: estou pensando em postar dicas, informações e curiosidades sobre Minneapolis e região. Espero que não desista...

Nota: as fotos são de celular, então dá um desconto, vai... 

Cheguei nos EUA #1 - Au Pair Training School

Olá, queridos e queridas Au Pairs.

Cheguei, na verdade, da 19 de agosto (2013). Mas, como podem imaginar, essas últimas semanas foram uma correria interior (mente e coração) e exterior e só senti vontade de parar para escrever agora. 

Então, o assunto do post é a Training School. Minha agência é a Cultural Care e o treinamento foi realizado na St. John's University, campus de Long Island, em NY. 

Local: lindo de viver. O campo de futebol da universidade fica ao lado da Great South Bay e o pôr-do-sol é de sentar para olhar. O dormitório é super digno e a curiosidade é que eles separam o toilet do local de tomar banho e do local para secar o cabelo para não tumultuar. Ponto de melhoria: são três andares e não tem elevador. Imagine subir aquilo tudo com bagagem... tenso. 

Refeições: o breakfast é bom, tem suco, fruta, pães e cereais. O lunch e dinner que podem ser considerados estranhos para o brasileiro. Mas vale o esforço para viver o american way of life. 

Aulas: eles separam as turmas por estado/região. Por exemplo, a maioria dos meus colegas de turma viria para Minnesota (assim como eu) e os outros para diversos estados vizinhos. Na minha turma tinha gente da China, Alemanha, Suíça, México e apenas eu do Brasil - falante do perdido português. A programação é puxada, são muitas aulas e muuuita informação para poucos dias e, como fazemos o tour por NY na quinta-feira, as aulas na vão até as 9 pm na quarta.

Escola de Treinamento Cultural Care
Momento com "quase" todas as turmas reunidas

Galera: o lugar parece uma Torre de Babel. Na minha semana tinham quase 300 pessoas de diferentes lugares do mundo. Um máximo! Curiosidade: tinham cinco Au Pairs Boys, inclusive dois deles eram meus classmates. Alemães são a maioria esmagadora. 

Tour por NY: -Ai que cidade linda! New York é cheia de árvores grandes e belas, os prédios são quase todos feitos com tijolinhos marrons - o que dá um efeito lindo, principalmente quando encontram um arranha-céu modernoso. Os táxis amarelos fazem um efeito visual incrível nas ruas com cores escuras e a Times Square é um show à parte. Pena que o tour é super rápido e como eu fui ao Top of the Rock meu tempo ficou mais curto ainda... mas foi um máximo mesmo assim.

New York City
Memorial Ground Zero - onde ficavam as Torres Gêmeas

New York City
Vista do Top of the Rock
Tem que pagar pra usar, mas é legal.
Au pair

Times Square
Não esqueçam de colocar a bolsa rosa da Cultural Care em um canto antes de fazer a foto

Em resumo foi isso. O tempo na training school é corrido, principalmente porque precisamos absorver informações importantes em pouco tempo - e em outra língua. Mas no final dá tudo certo... 

Au revoir!