Midtown Global Marketplace

Alas, I have not traveled anywhere since November, and I do not have any travel plans for the foreseeable future.  This makes me restless.  I have decided I will have to focus on “travelling” in my local community; I will visit and highlight places, events, etc that have a multicultural/international theme.

Last night I visited the Midtown Global Marketplace in Minneapolis with some friends.  I love this place! It is an indoor shopping center devoted to the businesses of local merchants from around the world.  For more information, click here.

After having margaritas at a Mexican restaurant and buying spices at the Holy Land, a Middle Eastern shop, my friends and I had an amazing dinner at the Rabbit Hole, a Korean restaurant.  The last time I was at this place, I had a camel burger at a Somali restaurant.  All of this was under one roof, so we did not have to brave the arctic winds.

Did I mention that I love this place?!  Below are a few snapshots I took while walking around the marketplace. Minnesotans:  I definitely recommend checking this place out if you have not already been there.

Along the Heritage Trail

Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River

The chill in the October air served as a rebuke to the clear blue sky.  As the couple walked along the pedestrian bridge hovering above the Mississippi River, the woman squinted her eyes from the glare of the late afternoon sun.   Suddenly, the woman stopped walking and inhaled sharply.  Looking down beneath the bridge, she saw a man standing next to the ruins of a once prosperous mill.  The man looked to be in his sixties and was dressed in a gray Armani suit.  He was looking up at her.  The smile on his face chilled her to the bone.


I wrote these 100 words in response to the 100 Word Challenge for Grownups hosted by Julia’s Place.    This week’s prompt was “….the smile…”

She’s been hosting this weekly challenge for quite some time, but I just discovered it today.  Here are the rules.  Check out her blog if you are interested and give it a try!


100 Word Challenge for Grownups
100 Word Challenge for Grownups

This is a weekly challenge for those who are over 16 and enjoy challenging themselves with writing. Each week you are given a prompt. It may be a few connected words, a selection of individual words or a picture.

You have 100 words (or the number that have been set for that week) plus the prompt to write a creative piece. If you have a blog, post it on your blog then link the URL of the post (not the blog) to the link that is at the bottom of that week’s challenge. Make sure there is a link to The Head’s Office as well. You can right click the badge above andcopy the image URL into your post.

If you do not have a blog but would like to join the challenge please leave me a note in the comments and we can sort something out!

One of the great things about the 100WCGU is how people visit other blogs and read the entries. It is all about supporting our writing and giving constructive feedback and support. For some, it is the start of longer pieces of writing, even novels!!

Do join us and see what hidden talents you discover!