"Ultima came to stay with us the summer I was almost seven. When she came the beauty of the llano unfolded before my eyes, and the gurgling waters of the river sang to the hum of the turning earth. The magical time of childhood stood still, and the pulse of the living earth pressed its mystery into my living blood."
Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Santa Fe

There’s a lot of history in Santa Fe. A lot. And we did a day of museum-going that definitely was not for the faint hearted. First we checked out the Governor's Palace which was first built by the Spanish and then the indians lived in it and then it was reoccupied after the Pueblo Revolt around 1680. At least thats what I gathered from the tour guide who rivaled paint drying for entertainment value. She had some crazy eyes and a failing memory but we still managed to get some (marginally?) quality information. We learned all about the Spanish, even though some of what she said contradicted Linda’s colorful stories. We also got to see a lot of old artifacts that were part of people’s everyday lives.

One of the most interesting things we saw was the mud wagon that held 15 people and barely rivaled the size of an average handicapped bathroom stall. We also learned that the term ‘Shotgun’ (referring to the person who sits next to the driver) originated from the person sitting next to the driver who would shoot native americans or robbers!!!! WOW!

We also saw Santa Fe Museum of Modern Art which had a fascinating collection of Georgia O’Keefe paintings as well as a sculpture garden and a sweet gift shop. We pretty were all museumed-out by this point. Or at least I was.

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