Santa Fe – Day 1

Today started off with a very strange dream in which I was trying to help a Japanese child translate a sentence from English to Japanese while a bunch of other kids were asking me unrelated questions.  I was getting really frustrated and was about to yell at the kids asking questions when my alarm went off.  My first dream in Japanese.  My first dream about teaching.  Clearly some kind of PTSD going on…

Mom dropped me off at the airport where I met up with E.  Our flight was on time and uneventful.  The highlight was when I caught a glimpse of a nuclear power plant somewhere in what I imagine was Nevada.  When we arrived in Albuquerque, we took at shuttle ($30) to Santa Fe.  My mind was kind of boggled by the fact that there is literally NOTHING between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  Nothing at all between these two major cities.  I mean, going from San Jose to San Francisco takes the same amount of time as it does to go from Albuquerque and Santa Fe and there are at least 10 cities between SJ and SF.

I was surprised once we arrived in town, too.  It’s clearly a developed area, but somehow, and I don’t know if this is intentional, Santa Fe looks exactly like what you imagine when you think of the Old West.  It’s got a rugged, worn down look to it and I don’t think I’d be at all shocked to see a stagecoach mixed in with all the cars.  E and I settled in at the Sage Inn and eventually went in search of food.  The inn has a free shuttle service called “Art Van Go,” which will take you pretty much anywhere in the downtown area.  We ate at the San Francisco Street Bar & Grill (most likely named for the cathedral and not our home) and then nearly froze to death waiting for the shuttle back to the inn.

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