I picked her up at her University of Minnesota dorm... and immediately got trapped by all the road construction and my unfamiliarity with that part of town. I kept saying, "I know where I am!" and turning onto a familiar street only to find it blocked by construction.
Several miles later, we made it to The Tea Garden near the U (but far away from her dorm). I let her choose where we had dinner from the restaurants in the area. We wound up in a Korean restaurant and had bibimbam (or however they spelled it). Not quite what either of us had been used to, but a decent mid-range college lunch spot. We stayed until they politely flicked the lights to let us know they were closing.
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Enegim at the Tea Garden in Stadium Village (near the U of MN), with waterfall sculpture in the background. 7/26/11
By this time, it was fairly late and ookpik still had some errands to run. I decided to head towards a neighborhood I knew, and wound up at Uptown. A smart decision!
We made it to the Apple Store at Uptown with minutes to spare. Shopping at Lunds for foods that could stay in an dorm without a refrigerator for a couple of days (mixed nuts and interesting cheeses). Drove down Lake St. so I could show her Carole and my condo; didn't have time to stop, but we waved.
Took 35W to the West Bank (the third time I'd made that trip in two days, thanks to the Fringe-For-All). The excursion had several good views of our postage stamp of a downtown. Ah, people from NYC and Boston can appreciate how small Mpls is.
The conversation(s) were interesting and the company pleasant. Glad to have met a longtime LJ Friend at last!