UAR's Summer 2018 Guide to Expanding Cultural Horizons
Tips for Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
By: GSD Operative Daisy
Ready to expand your intercultural horizons? Here are a few ways to start getting comfortable being uncomfortable around the Twin Cities this summer. While these examples are all in MN, they can be a template for discovering the untapped cultural adventures in your own community. A Google search is all you need!
Expand your perspectives– and your palate– with a stroll through the Midtown Global Market
. From Mexican tamales to Vietnamese pho to Moroccan lamb shanks your taste buds will salsa dance with excitement. Strike up a conversation with the workers at the Halal meat market (or find out what halal is if you don’t know). Chat with the guy at the Tibetan clothing store to learn about everything from singing bowls to the Panchan Lama. Even simple gestures can create great understandings!
Tour Somalia at the Somali Museum
in Minneapolis to learn about their agri-history and rich nomadic, desert culture. Add a little spice to your Somali adventure with a stop by the Karmel Mall
for the most authentic chai and sambusas outside of Mogadishu! If you want to really go “local” you can get a gorgeous black henna tattoo on your hands, arms and/or feet! Or check out the first ever exhibit on Somali culture and history at Minnesota History Center
Take in a new perspective at the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival
on June 28— currently featuring an “Israeli Love Story.”
Want to improve your overall wellness? Take a yoga class at The Hindu Society of Minnesota
to practice the art of deep breathing and relaxation, and simply connect with others.
By reaching out to other communities you share your willingness to learn. And the more we learn the less we fear. You may be surprised by how fun getting uncomfortable can be!Photo credits
Midtown Global Market: By visitlakestreet (Flickr: Holy Land in the Midtown Global Market) [CC BY-NC 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/)] - https://www.flickr.com/photos/visitlakestreet/3341579323