As everyone knows, a vacation is not complete without trying out the local public transportation!
Here in Minneapolis, there's now a light-rail line. (Yes, there's just one line, but from there you can transfer to buses and such.) So I decided to take my sons and my niece Emily on a little ride. My brother Ben and his family came along too.
My nieces were excited to ride the train, but by sons were pretty blase about it:
Oh, boy! We get to ride a tramway almost exactly like the one we ride every day back home in Switzerland.
My kids just wanted to go because they're interested in unusual coins, and Louise (my SiL) told them that the ticket machine gives dollar coins as change.
I also learned an important lesson that day: If you're wearing beige pants, don't put your black camera-case in your lap just before handing someone your camera to take a picture.
Yes, I am wearing pants in this picture.
The verdict: Better than nothing, but not quite the same level of convenience as the transportation in Zurich. ;)