June 22, 2009
The place is pretty fascinating, surprising in some ways and exactly what I expected in others. Beautiful, beautiful town. I think I’ll wait until the end of the trip to discuss things a little more holistically, but for now, here’s some pictures and things that I enjoy remembering! Probably much more of this to come later.
-I was walking past a parking garage when a gaggle of ten-year-olds ran down some stairs and into the garage. Overheard: “…But Security’s on to us!”
-Saw some teenage girls paying a beardy guy in his thirties for something in a white envelope. Over a public mailbox. In the middle of downtown. In broad daylight. Hmm.
-A gruff, long haired guy in his forties or so walks up to me out of nowhere outside of an oriental rug shop.
Guy: “Hey, hippie!”
Me, instantly: “Huh?”
Guy: “I need 24 cents for a pint.”
Me: “A what?”
Guy: “A pint!”
Me: “Why not?”
Guy: “HAH! ‘Why not’!”
[I hand him a couple of quarters.]
Guy: “Thanks, guy! Goodwill, man, goodwill!…”
[He wanders off past me without looking back.]
-Holy Spirit Espresso: “Best Coffee in Santa Fe! 7-4 weekdays. 7-2 Saturdays. Sundays, we rest.” Also a fantastic people watching spot. (Pretty good coffee, too.)
(You should click on this one and look at it closer. Bottom of the sign.)
-Finally, an oddly colorful cathedral in the middle of downtown, St. Francis. Very peaceful, as per standard cathedral fare. It’s kind of an odd spot for such a quiet place right next to the bustling downtown area, but it fits, oddly enough.