"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
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March 18, 2009

The Mall of America (MOA)

I don't like shopping at the Mall of America. There's nothing really wrong with it. It's just not very conducive to the way I shop. You know those stereotypes of the differences in the way men and women shop? Supposedly, women browse slowly through the aisles and displays looking at everything. I must've missed the girly gene on that one because I shop like a man. I walk in, go directly to whatever I need, and immediately check out. That's not very easy to do at the MOA especially when stores are constantly changing around. Imagine running through three different levels of retail stores* looking for the camera store you saw three months ago and discovering that it's been replaced by a clothing store. You then walk to the other end of the mall to discover that what you thought was that store on the information kiosk doesn't actually sell the mini-tripod you were looking for.

*There's a fourth level but it's all restaurants, bars, and a movie theater.

It's not all bad though. There are a few neat places. I haven't been there in awhile but the underwater aquarium in the basement is fun to walk through. You can wander through a glass walkway and watch the sharks, fish, and other aquatic wildlife swim over and around you. I've always liked carnivals, fairs, and amusement parks so I like the vibe of the indoor amusement park in the center of the mall. And I should've taken pictures while I was browsing through the Lego store today. Some of the creations are amazing.

(Day 5)

Looking down on the Lego store

Looking across the food court at the amusement park, "Nickelodeon Universe"


Ferd said...

Princess Gail and I were just talking about the MOA last week! We want to take a little trip just to go there! Tell me, is there a hotel that is connected directly to the mall?
If we do go, it will probably be over the colder months, because it would be an indoor/cold weather kind of thing to do. It sounds like there are lots of things to do and see.
(It's not a lame trip if it's just for a couple of days, is it?)

Untreatableonline said...

It is on the list of places I like to see. I have been to the Canadian version with the West Edmonton Mall mind you that was over a decade ago. I guess if you were constantly there it would get annoying pretty quick. Take care

Berryvox said...

Ferd - Nah, it's not a lame trip at all! Heck, I'd go see the Edmonton mall that Untreatable mentioned if I were in the area.

I don't think there are any hotels actually connected to the mall but there are two that are directly across the street. I'll find out their names next time I'm there. Tell me when you guys are coming and we can all have lunch! :)

Untreatable - I think I know the mall you're talking about. Is it the one with a waterpark? That one looks like one of those places I'd like to see eventually. :)

Untreatableonline said...

yep indoor water park, submarine rides and amusement park plus an ice rink. Here is the link http://www.westedmall.com

Ferd said...

I was going to suggest lunch, but I thought that might be too forward. I would LOVE that!!! And Gail always likes whatever we do together, so WE would love that!!! I will definitely let you know! : D