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Santa Fe

Ivan and I woke up around 7:40 am on February 19, 2010.  We packed everything up.  We said thanks and goodbye to Andy.  I gave their daughter a hug.

We wanted to ride the tram to see the Sandia Peak.  I started driving and went up the mountain.  Ivan went to find out where the tram was.  We didn’t see a sign for it while driving.  It turned out that the tram entrance was in Albuquerque far from the mountain.  We were at the top of the mountain.  Apparently, the top of the tram is lower than the top.  The view was nice up there.


I drove down the mountain and then started driving towards Santa Fe, New Mexico.  We stopped in a small town called Madrid.  It used to be a mining town.  We had lunch at the Mine Shaft Tavern.  It wasn’t anything special at all.  The chicken enchiladas were alright, but the cream of asparagus soup was horrible.

We arrived in Santa Fe about 20 minutes later.  We checked in to the Garrett’s Desert Inn. 

We walked around the plaza a little bit.  It was a bit cold outside.

Ivan phoned up to make a reservation at El Farol.  There was a band that would be playing that night.  There’s a cover charge of $5 per person for it.  He asked the guy on the phone if there was a way to avoid paying the cover charge if we ate there.  He said there’s an area where you can sit and you won’t be charged the fee. 

So, we drove to El Farol for dinner.  Our waitress, Jennifer seemed like she was covering for somebody and didn’t want to work.  We ordered eight tapas for $53.  The tapas came out.  The waitress didn’t give us a spoon for our soup.  She asked us if we wanted to stay for the band.  We said yes.  She said it would be $5 per person.  Ivan explained to her that he talked to a guy that said we wouldn’t be charged for it if we sat in a certain area.  She said she had never heard of anything like that then said Wait and left.  A guy came over and talked to Ivan.  He said he was the one who talked to Ivan on the phone.  A guy from another table said to Ivan I’m sick of you man.  Ivan said sarcastically to him I’m sorry.  I didn’t want to say anything to the guy since it would probably just add fuel to the fire.  I think he was just being all macho around his girlfriend or he was a friend of the band.  The guy who worked at the restaurant said he never said that on the phone.  He was not very nice at all.  It’s just messed up that he made a promise and not keeping the promise.  Finally, we got the food which was alright.. some of the tapas weren’t very good.  We definitely prefer the tapas at La Tasca in England.  Later, Ivan was talking to the waitress about how that guy said one thing and is now saying we have to pay.  She said the money goes to  the band.  She said Do you think it’s fair?  I said it’s not fair that he’s not keeping his promise.  Members of the band were near by.  Ivan overheard them said that What? Drunk people think they don’t need to pay cover charge.  He told me this a couple minutes later.  Just because we had a glass of wine in front of us, does NOT make us drunk.  Plus, they didn’t know the whole story.  I kept giving the band members dirty looks since they were rude to us.  They kept looking at us anyway.  The music was boring rock funk.  I just kept yawning.  Ivan talked to waitress again and she said Don’t worry we just want to make you happy.  But, she never said that they waived the fee.  It seems like they did.  But, like we’d want to stay after how rude they were.  We finished our meal.  I gave the band all dirty looks while I walked out.


Old Town Albuquerque

Leslie woke us up early and asked if we wanted to join them for breakfast on February 18, 2010.  We went to breakfast with Leslie, Andy and their daughter at The Range.  It was decent food.

Ivan drove us to the Old Town.  There were different shops with souvenirs, pottery and hot sauces and salsa. 


It was really quiet in the area.

We went to the Rattlesnake Museum.  The entrance is $5 per person.  There are lots of snakes and reptiles in the museum.  It’s a rather small museum. 


Ivan and I don’t really like snakes, but it’s alright to look at them as long as they’re in a cage or an enclosure.  There were videos playing in each room.  I sat to watch one for a few minutes.  It showed a crawfish get eaten by a snake.  I also saw a python eat a whole antelope. 

I was going to meet up with an old friend from high school.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to meet up since our schedules didn’t match.

We drove to a movie theatre nearby to see Valentine’s Day.  The movie was entertaining and interesting.  It was a few different stories all intertwined into one.

We drove back to Leslie and Andy’s house.  Lesley cooked chili chicken stew.  It was really tasty and spicy.

Ivan talked awhile to Leslie and Andy. 


I played with their daughter in her playroom.  She’s such a smart little girl.  It was fun playing with her.  We said good night and thanks to Leslie.

We went to bed early since tomorrow would be an early start for us.


On to New Mexico

On February 17, 2010, Ivan found out at 1 am that the couchsurfer in Santa Fe, New Mexico had canceled.  Great!  Ivan wrote to more couchsurfers.  We both looked for accommodations online.  Ivan thought we should go to Albuquerque instead.  It was an hour closer to Flagstaff.

In the morning, Ivan talked to Isaac about how our couchsurfer canceled at the last minute.  He also talked how we’d be headed out to  Albuquerque instead of Santa Fe.  He told Ivan about his friends who were also couchsurfers that lived in Albuquerque.  Ivan wrote them a message.  We said thank you and good-bye to Isaac. 

We drove to get breakfast.  We ate at Macy’s.  We had cous cous with saltanas and a yogurt with granola. 

We started driving to Albuquerque at 12:30 pm.


We saw a few different things on our travels of Route 66.  We saw Two Arrows, Jackrabbit and the La Posada Hotel. 

We stopped by to see the Wigwam Motel.  It’s not actually teepees but concrete that’s shaped as teepees. 


It looks pretty small inside.  In the parking lot, there’s a couple classic cars there.

We got a call from Leslie (Isaac & Marguerite’s friend in Albuquerque).  She said we could stay with them.  We were happy to hear that!  She said we should stop by and she’d give us suggestions for dinner.

I was taking a nap while Ivan was driving.  He woke me up saying Jen, the police.  I thought he was playing a joke on me.  But, I looked in the rearview window and sure enough a police car was chasing us.  The guy who pulled us over was nice.  He said that the GPS unit was blocking the driver’s view, the license plate was obstructed and Ivan was driving in the wrong lane.  Ivan said he was from England and showed his driver’s license.  The license plate has a frame around it so you can’t fully read the Nevada on the top.  Ivan said he would move the GPS unit from the window.  The cop said it’s alright.  He let us go.  I guess he was just bored. 

We arrived about  7:30 pm.  Leslie was having a meeting.  She recommended Garduno’s for good southwestern food.  We drove there.  Ivan had chicken fajitas and I had a great honey and chili chicken dish. 

We went back to the house. We met Andy, Lesley’s husband.  Ivan also saw their cute daughter.

We chatted with Lesley and Andy for awhile.  They gave us lots of tips on Albuquerque, Santa Fe and New Orleans. 

We went to bed early since we were so tired from not getting much sleep the night before.

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