"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 8, 2009

The Journey Begins

Finally, after months of anticipation we have finally left frigid, snowy Michigan and have arrived safely in the heart of the American Southwest- Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The first notable accomplishment that I simply have to give our group credit for is that we all packed only carry on-luggage. Thats three weeks worth of clothes, shoes, books, socks and what ever else. And we’re girls. So maybe we aren’t Paris Hilton, but I think this is still a major accomplishment.

After a quick stop in St. Paul, we landed in Albuquerque and met Scott, Professor Naranjo-Huebl’s wonderfully down-to-earth and amiable husband. We made a quick stop at the hotel and then it was on to San Felipe de Neri in the old section of town.

We checked out the local fare at a little restaurant made in an authentic adobe house. Some of us stuck to the tried and true classics like tacos and an enchilada and others went on a more adventurous route of Chile Verdano and other local specialities.

Tiered and satiated we returned to our hotel for a quick debriefing and then off to the land of winkem blinklem and nodd.... one of the most needed destinations of the whole day.

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