I’ve been home for a week now and (almost) everything is alright. My dog got a little sick but he’s recovering well already and truth be told: I couldn’t realize how much I really missed here until I returned.
I even missed things I thought I disliked, such as washing dishes and the incredibly hot weather of Manaus. And I started to value little things I used to barely notice before: Like my city pretty pale skies, always full of clouds. The sight of the majestic Negro river while I take my daily walks. The humid air outdoors, the dry air-conditioned air indoors. Being surrounded by familiar places and familiar people and obviously, being around the ones I love and cherish.
Nevertheless, I probably need to thank my trip to Santa Fe for all those realizations. It was a really good experience indeed. Not only because it made me recognize all of that, but also because of the great places and people I met in the process. People, I must add, I’ll make sure to never forget even if I never see them again and whom certainly became part of who I currently am.
As a goodbye thanks to that “city different”, I made a list of the places I enjoined most there, I already wrote about some of them like the Museums of International Folk Arts and the Tent Rocks of Kasha Katue and they are all very interesting and beautiful. Here it goes:
New Mexico Wildlife Center
Among all the places I’ve been in New Mexico, this was probably one of my favourites!
It’s not secret I’m not a big fan of zoos (for many reasons). But the NW Wildlife Center is not really a zoo. It’s a place where they try to rehabilitate animals and return them to where they belong, which is in my opinion, what every place that works with wild animals should do, even though some animals can’t be rehabilitated (unfortunately). It was founded by a veterinary years ago.
There you can learn about and sometimes see different species of owls, hawks, reptiles, bobcats and even a gray fox that was once sold as a pet and sadly will never be able to return to its true home. But the center tries to provide the best care possible for those animals in this kind of situation.
When I was a kid I was a big fan of baseball. Once I grew up I kinda putted it aside, but New Mexico resurrected it in me. Watching this baseball game was fantastic, the stadium is awesome and even though the home team had lost, it was really great to be able to witness a live home run!
Tsuque Flea Market
Surprising (or not) there were no fleas at all! Only amazing turquoise jewelery, pottery and exotic food. I tasted a truly pink lemonade made of cactus fruits and brought Felipe a real Sheriff star (for he is the sheriff of my heart <3)!
Cliff’s amusement park
As the name suggests, it’s an amusement park! With cool roller coasts and some other nice rides. It’s not very big but it’s certainly fun!
I truly believe they sell the best chocolate in the world! Seriously, there are many different kinds of chocolates and ice cream and every single one of them looked deliciously amazing!
It’s located in downtown Santa Fe (and there are many other interesting places to see around there as well, like the cathedral and passing artists at the main square).
A movie theater owned by George R. R. Martin himself, do I have to say more?
Well, whether you’re a Game of Thrones fan or not, you’d love it. This is one of the oldest movie theaters in New Mexico, it was opened as the Collective Fantasy Cinema in 1976, later renamed and, a few years ago, Mr. George R. R. Martin bought and got it all reformed. Now it regularly shows both classic and new movies, apart from being a coffee house.
There’s only one screen and it’s kinda small but high quality. There are cute little curtains covering the screen that open up once the movie starts, giving you that old fashioned cinema mood. You can also buy signed books and other cool memorabilia. It’s a one of a kind experience!
There are also rumors that when he’s not busy writing or doing GoT related stuff, George R. R. Martin would be found hanging around there, although I didn’t see him on that day. 😦
There are other places where I couldn’t go but I heard about them from other people who went and they all seemed really incredible. Like the Santa Fe Opera, the Gravity park, the Ghost Ranch, the Taos Pueblo and the Bandelier National Monument (I really wish I’d went to this one, maybe next time?).
I’m really grateful for being able to been through this and like I said before, I’ll never forget it. Not to mention I had this huge upgrade in my English skills. It’ll probably take a while though until I stop automatically saying “excuse me” to people I pass by or throwing toilet paper into the toilet seat (yes, in Brazil we throw it inside the trash bin).
The state of New Mexico have many different, sometimes curious and always amazing places. Santa Fe is a calm and sunny city and its surrounded by many interesting things to do, to go and to see. Surely worths your visit!