I am one of those people that gets tired of things easily. I hate having the same decor for too long, I hate wearing the same clothes too many times, and most importantly I hate being in one place for too long. Since it isn't practical to move every 3 or 4 months I focus my energy on traveling and exploring new places that aren't nearby. I recently took a trip to Bloomington, Minnesota to check out the Mall of America. I decided to drive the almost 14 hours there...I will explain why in another post later on. As far as the mall goes, it was neat to see but not some place I could visit all the time. After all, it is just a mall. The first full day there I was very overwhelmed. I had the MOA app on my phone but who wants to stare at a tiny map the whole time they are walking? I wanted to experience everything. I checked out a couple of stores and had to go back to my hotel room to change....it was so hot. I read this information before my trip but I didn't think it would be so bad. I felt gross wearing jeans and a t-shirt. The ceiling is glass and the 97 degree sun was beating down on the interior. With so many people in there moving around it just doesn't make for the most comfortable experience. The second day I made a plan. I studied the map, figured out where I wanted to go, and planned the best route. The mall is 4 floors and I believe they say each floor is just over half a mile around. With over 500 stores you can easily feel anxious not knowing where to go or which way you came from. Some stores, for example Bath and Body Works, have more than one location in the mall so you get confused. Overall it was a good experience, something I can check off of my bucket list. Would I do it again? Possibly in the future when/if I have a family. It is definitely a great place for families as there is lots to do for children of all ages.
I stayed at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. It is actually attached to the mall so it was very convenient. I never had to step foot outside if I didn't want to. There was a hallway on the second floor where you just walked right into the mall. That was the best part. The hotel was super clean and modern. I stayed in a standard room but was very pleased with it. You got to park for free, there was a refrigerator, and they provided 2 complimentary bottles of water. Most hotels don't give you water so that was nice. The hotel staff was very professional and polite. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to visit the mall.
I don't want to make this post a novel so I will leave it at that for now. If you have any questions about the mall or hotel please don't hesitate to ask. I am happy to share more of my experience. Thanks for reading!
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