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Hello America,

My name is Olavi and I’m from Finland. I’m staying in the USA until October, travelling around the country and learning about the society.

It’s easy for me to be open-minded, because I already have a good feeling about you guys. That is because of one person.

No, I don’t mean Barack Obama.

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The hunt returns to wolf country

Gerald Tyler lives up at Ely, northern Minnesota, a town of about 3,500 people just shy of the Canadian border. It’s wilderness country, canoe country, and, most controversially, wolf country.

Tyler is a retired property developer who put himself through law school, but never really practiced as a lawyer. A few years ago, he and a friend, Minnesotan cattle rancher Dale Lueck, began agitating for a wolf hunt. Tyler says he and Lueck were worried about the number of wolf attacks on cattle and domestic dogs and feared there could be an attack on humans.

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Daybreakers - the Minnesotean Vampire Lifestyle

 Vampires grew to be the majority of the world populace in a movie called "Daybreakers" (2009). They were not hunted down anymore, but instead grew accustomed to living a normal "human" life, with the important difference, that they wouldn’t step outside their houses during daylight (as it still the case that sunlight is dangerous for them). But they have several devices in play for them: if they want to go for whatever reason to the countryside, they would walk into their garage, get into their car with the very deep tinted windows and drive away.

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Getting to know each other

Getting to know each other

The first fellow I’ve met after disembarking in United States was Neha Dixit, from India. For the very first time I’ve put my eyes on her I knew we would get along.

And it was not because she has tried to be nice or she has made me laugh with some stupid joke – the other way around must be true. It was just that empathy we feel for no reason at all for some people. And I was very lucky because she is my roommate in the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul (MN), our first stop in an adventure that will take us to ten States and 15 American cities in a two-month period.

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