Editor's Note: This post is in response to the common question, "How do you like Albuquerque?"
Sometimes adults become numb to setting high expectations in life, maybe because of a bad Christmas, a broken heart, a lousy prom date, etc. Rarely have I found my expectations trumped or surpassed. Yet, Albuquerque has all that I expected and much more!
In the short time I've been here, I've immersed myself in the "touristy" things, i.e. driven Route 66, eaten green chile, shopped in Old Town, taken the Tram to the top of the Sandias, explored the Rio Grande, hiked and ran some trails, cheered at an Isotopes game and occasionally taken a wrong turn for the fun of it. Unlike the myriad of other places I've visited, I have yet to scratch the surface on the culture, the food, the fun, the adventure and the opportunity here.
This place is so much better than I expected.
- The weather is more enjoyable.
- The food is more delicious.
- The culture is more rich.
- The scenery is more spectacular.
- The people are more colorful.
- And even the traffic is more tolerable.
Leaving from rural Kentucky, I expected more tumble weeds, sand storms, heat, noon-day shootouts and public hangings. My expectations for "the West" were framed by Hollywood and other pop culture meccas, and I knew it. I expected to be in shock over a few things, just not so many. Culture shock is not a new status for me, but rather a familiar friend whom I warmly embrace.
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