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Walking and Cycling

A whole week has gone by. I am well on my way to adjusting to the lifestyle here. Minneapolis is a great city. A big town with a laid back feel, it comes as a refreshing change to somebody like myself who has just arrived from India. At first, the total lack of hustle-bustle on the streets was disconcerting. Take a walk in the campus or the main road, and the chances are that you will be the only person visible.Everyone prefers the car. It is an extension assemblage of the American's body.

But at the same time, Minneapolis is known as the Biker's paradise. In areas neare the 'U' [local slang for University of Minnesota], all roads have separate tracks designated for bikers. The University store offers helmets and other apparel at deep discounts, and bikes themselves are available staring from 10$ for a basic model to 50$ for a multi-geared one. Seeing so many Americans racing around on their cycles came as a plesant surprise. I have to get one asap!