I’ve been in Albuquerque for three days now. The slow pace is definitely different than any sort of travel I’ve done before. I’ve explored by foot within a mile or so in each direction from my accommodation and have located my various low cost food options….I’m definitely eating less healthy than I was at home. (Burger King, Subway, and New Mexico’s own Lotaburger…the latter definitely being my preference of the three. And of course, they are all in different directions.) And I found a yummy pizza place if i want to walk 30 blocks or so. Balancing those low cost choices with the fun new restaurants and the pendulum definitely has trended towards the more spendy places, but that’s okay, as I have no other major expenses.
The house I’m staying in is pretty cool. You have to use a match to light the stove. It’s a big property, there’s a couple hammocks. Breakfast is included but I’m not sure that I’ll be partaking in the Chocolate croissant every morning for the next 25-ish days. (It’s quite tasty though!) There’s an adorable dog and a few cats here. I’m meeting tons of travelers who are passing through. It’s a fun spot to be. I think there’s definitely enough in the greater Albuquerque region for me to stay occupied for the next 25 days, but I’ve also enjoyed not having to do much driving after 5 days on the road. Yesterday, I checked out the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and the Natural History (Science) Museum. Today, I checked out the Nuclear History/Science Museum and the Pueblo Cultural Center. I’m sure I could duplicate the museum experience with internet research, but it’s fun seeing the displays and also nice to support the local area…and get out of the New Mexico sun. I had no idea that during WW2, the Navajos used their native language to encrypt military messages. That’s pretty cool.
I got a haircut and picked up some new shoes today. Believe it or not, Payless Shoes actually has inexpensive shoes, but they’re all made in China. Maybe all shoes are made in China now? My current shows are kind of falling apart, so I just picked a pair that sort of fit good enough. Don’t really have any great expectations for them to last forever. I usually buy my shoes on Amazon, but I ordered some right before I left, they didn’t fit, and I didn’t have time to find something else. I haven’t been writing because there’s not a whole lot to say.
So…slow travel. Yeah. I think that after Utah, I won’t be doing another long tourism stay like this in someone’s home. It’s a fun environment, but it’s obvious to me that I’m living in somebody else’s home. I feel like I don’t want to just sit around this person’s house all day, which is good for tourism, but not for relaxation. Which I guess shouldn’t be a shocker because I am in fact living in somebody else’s home. Would a month long stay in a motel be better? I’m not sure.
I did a 1 night AirBNB in Gallup, NM and I think I definitely prefer the motel experience for a short term stay where I’m just passing through. With a motel in some town off the interstate, I can most likely check in to my room early. With AirBNB, I had to wait for the host to get home from work. In the New Mexico dessert, having already been sunburned, I had to blow $$$ on seeing a movie just to get out of the sun for a few hours.
Tomorrow, I have a dental cleaning, and the next day I have a skype appointment. I’m planning to go to a University of New Mexico baseball game next week. I might go to an Albuquerque Isotopes game, too, but their season starts right before I head over to Utah. There’s several free and inexpensive UNM music concerts that I might check out over the next few weeks. I definitely have no shortage of things that I could be seeing or doing, but it’s also possible that I could be spending Thurs-Sun of the next few weeks glued to watching March Madness on streaming.
I definitely plan on going up to Santa Fe via the scenic byway one of these days, and doing some more sightseeing here in Albuquerque. It’s definitely nice to be able to do 1 or 2 museums per day rather than cram all of them because I have to go back to work in a few days.
Its very possible that I will head back to SoCal after Southern Utah so that I can spend my birthday with my family. After that? Who knows.
I guess I didn’t really answer the subject question. Maybe next time…