Holiday Cheer on the Hiawatha Line

What better way to spend an 8 hour layover at MSP than to ride Metro Transit’s Blue (formerly Hiawatha) Line and the new Red Line?

Metro Transit Blue Line Train with holiday lights

Metro Transit Blue Line Train complete with lights

Ski jump or BRT station?

Ski jump or BRT station?

La Fiesta de San Pedro

As a port city, Valparaíso fervently celebrates holidays in honor of patron saints related to fishing. I spent an afternoon enjoying the Festival of Saint Peter and its accompanying music, processions, and flotillas, then finished the day off by enjoying a pastel de jaiba.

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Bush Christmas Video

I’m unhappy that my tax dollars are going to fund this vomit-inducing video.  I’m even more unhappy that Barney Laura decided not to include my favorite ornament in the decorations.  Apparently the sentiment that “America cannot regain its moral leadership in the world if America cannot hold its leaders accountable for their actions at home” is not patriotic enough for “A Red, White, and Blue Christmas.”

Sharples Carolers

Caroling child greeting Sharples diners

Caroling child greeting Sharples diners

Sharples has taken holiday festivities to a new level this year with a family of animatronic carolers.  Some of my fellow students may think the new additions are creepy/demonic/soul-sucking, but I will frankly be sad if they don’t make a return appearance next year.

Sharples Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree in Sharples

Christmas Tree in Sharples

The condiment bar has made its yearly migration to the corner of the Sharplesian Plain to make room for a Christmas Tree!  I’m very happy about this, but not so much about the slightly creepy animatronic carolers in the background…