Waking up in Albuquerque, it was so nice to be with friends. Chantal and Michael made us coffee in the cutest little gold-rimmed and pastel striped teacups (it’s the details!) and Sebastian did the heavy lifting while we re-packed the car. I optimistically put on a sundress even though it had been pretty cold when we arrived the night before… I just really imagined our time in New Mexico enjoying the sunshine on a rooftop somewhere in very hot weather…. and I didn’t really pack any warm clothing. Even after we checked the forecast and saw snow on the way, my optimism kept me warm… and then we arrived in Sante Fe. 52 degrees with snow on the way! We could only laugh.
Despite this, I knew before we even parked the car that Santa Fe and I were going to get along. Brown adobe shops selling gemstones, beads, brightly patterned native rugs, imports, leather goods and jewelry lined the streets. Their clean straight roof lines popped against a colbalt sky boasting teeny tiny puffy little clouds. And the crisp air and warm sun actually felt refreshing.
Walking through the narrow streets, poking in and out of stores, we kept commenting on how special everything felt. It was as though every door led to a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind goods, hand-crafted by someone with love. Maybe it’s strong presence of the artist community? I still haven’t figured out quite what it is but definitely want to return and do some more investigating.
We also visited the Georgia O’Keeffe museum, which was HUGELY exciting to me as I had never seen her work in person. Knowing we would be actually visiting her home within a few days and get to see the subjects that inspired her made the exhibit especially meaningful.
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