I’m sitting at the airport gate after spending a relaxing weekend in Santa Fe–my first trip to New Mexico. New Mexico didn’t occupy a major position on my list of travel destinations, but I saw some photos of the pueblo architecture recently and decided to make a weekend excursion.

On saturday, I explored the plaza mayor and on Sunday drove up to Bandelier National Monument to see the ancient pueblo houses.

Santa Fe’s plaza mayor
The pueblo architecture is charming.

It reminds me of Carmel-by-the-Sea or Jackson, Wyoming, yet the scenic town center is larger than either of those towns. As a consequence, it has more shops and restaurants.

Santa Fe also offers cultural opportunities for international visitors who want to experience American history and art. Santa Fe is clean, unlike some larger cities, and a traveler doesn’t need a lot of street-smarts to feel safe.

The blue skies remind me why Los Angeles summers are so depressing–clouds like these seldom emerge from the gray-blue haze that blankets Los Angeles in the Summer.

Clouds over Bandelier National Monument

I ended the trip with a visit to the Georgia O’keeffe museum and the state capitol. I love the pink, tan, and deep blue palette O’keeffe employs in her New Mexico work.

“Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory” (1938) Oil on Canvas, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Central dome of the New Mexico state capitol building

I even managed to pick up an addition to my Oaxacan art collection.

Now, I’m ready to get back and start preparing for the summer semester. I organized my classes more efficiently last semester, but I aim to do even better. This will entail incorporating more focused corrective feedback into the writing and speaking curricula.

I also want to incorporate more classical guitar practice into my routine–a goal, with Spanish, writing, and working out, that necessitates a severe degree of organization.

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