Seeing the US through Dutch eyes: Albuquerque, quaint and quirky

Next stop on our road, the city of Albuquerque in the state of New Mexico. What a name! We couldn’t resist checking online where the name came from, and we weren’t surprised that it has Mexican roots. Wiki is unclear whether the name comes from the Spanish town of Alburquerque, which is a Latin name for White Oak, or if t’s derived from the word albaricoque, the fruit that the Spanish brought to Mexico. Either way, aside from the name you see Mexican the influence everywhere, starting with the state’s symbol. Did you know that the rays that come from the center all have a specific meaning? You can see it here in the picture.

Ladiesgamers.comAnyway, even though we were in town only for one full day, we were thoroughly impressed with Albuquerque. The Old Town has a great feeling to it, Mexican stucco buildings, little shops, fountained squares with terraces and the beautiful San Felipe de Neri church. In this Old Town even the system to pay for your parking is old and quaint: a board with holes for each numbered parking space, where you can insert your coins and bills, depending on how long you want to stay.Albuquerque, San Felipe de Neri, Old Town

We wondered the streets, made discoveries in the small art galleries and overall enjoyed ourselves. I found a Mexican musical instrument that jogged my gaming memory, and of course I just had to buy it: an ocarina! Now to learn to play it as well as Link does…, Zelda, link
The rest of our day was spent on the Sandia Peak, where you go up to the mountain and wonder at the views you see. No picture can do it justice, and it’s a perfect place to ponder life on a whole.

imageWe loved this city, and noticed how clean and beautiful the public areas where landscaped. The colors used, the beige sand color, combined with ochre and terra gave the city a sunny feeling ( even though we had monsoon kinds of rain in the afternoon). Just take a look at this flyover: who said such spaces have to be basic and utilitarian?, Albuquerque

All too soon it was time to leave again, and to get ready for our next stop: the Grand Canyon.


    1. Lol Denny, ” I wonder if I took a wrong turn in Albuquerque”! Must be the way the I40 and I25 meet there, long live navigation systems!

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