My family and I arrived on 16 January in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A snowstorm was about to set off when we checked into our hotel—to unlimited complementary drinks and a fantastically friendly welcome by other visitors. This boundless friendliness is really the one thing that stands out as a constant in all our interactions throughout our visit to Minnesota.
When things started to go viral and my teaching (sports economics) moved online, we decided that staying away from airport queues was perhaps advisable and felt as safe in our Minneapolis neighborhood as we would have in Klagenfurt. So we agreed to stay on, the kids' school moved online, and we keep sharing my laptop among the essential works to be done from home.
The kids love their Susan B Anthony Middle School. Everything appears to be organized with the kids and their needs in mind, and this seems to facilitate developing joint interests and friendship. Both kids made friends instantly—and then lost them to online classes and social distancing. But both would love to come back—maybe for high school or college.