Last week, I was in Santa Fe, NM, even though my knowledge of New Mexico was essentially limited to Georgia O’Keeffe and my coworker, Karen.
Home base was in Santa Fe, but we also made trips out to Albuquerque, Madrid, and Taos Pueblo, all of which were fantastic. As someone from one of the most densely populated states, it was mesmerizing to see so much empty space. It was like an infinite landscape. No matter how far you drove, you still saw nothing but mountains, desert, and the occasional cow. And it was beautiful.
My favorite tidbit that I learned was that when you ask for both red and green chili on your food, it’s called “Christmas.” Cute, no?
Ristras, basically a bouquet of dried peppers, were all over Santa Fe and New Mexico.
Sears, Roebuck, & Co. in Madrid, NM.
A cactus out in Madrid, NM.
A cute, ladylike bear lounging outside of a chocolate shop in ABQ.
I loved these doors with Kokopelli on them in ABQ.
The entrance to the church in Taos Pueblo.
Homes in Taos Pueblo.
Just hanging out in the shade in the desert with one of the most beautiful mountain views. NBD.
So many sleepy dogs, so many cutes.
More homes in Taos.
On the bridge overlooking the Rio Grande Gorge.
The bride over the Rio Grande Gorge.
The empty space was absolutely fascinating.
The best part of going to Buenos Aires is that it’s given me a real push to start learning Spanish again. And alfajores. I’ve been trying to use Mafalda to practice reading Spanish, while simultaneously savoring the alfajores I brought home (and also found in Union City. Yum!).
He’s chewing on his bone, and has some steak saved for later
On the Delta de Paraná
In Tigre, there’s an amusement park along the river
The Subte, the subway in Buenos Aires, basically looks like the NY subway in 1980
There were ongoing protests at the Plaza de Mayo
A little taste of Buenos Aires at home
Last week, I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina on a meetup with my coworkers at WordPress.com. We stayed in San Telmo, not far from the river and smack dab in the middle of the weekend antique market. Coming from a seemingly never-ending winter in New Jersey, the end-of-summer weather in Argentina was such a welcome relief.
A few of us went to El Querandí, a tango show, that went through the historical evolution of tango through the performance itself. It was neat to see how the styles, as well as the role of tango in culture and society, changed over time. However, one of my favorite parts of the trip was the boat ride we took up the Paraná. Despite thinking of myself as a “city person,” time spent outside of the city always seems to be the most memorable for me.
The Modern period of tango at El Querandí
My name was already carved into the tree before I even got there :)
Closed stall at the market in San Isidro
The little purple elephant is wearing a Ramones hat
I’ve finally seen the West Coast! Last week, I was in San Diego for the Automattic company meetup. San Diego was pretty much exactly what I expected, and I loved it. Day 1′s mission of touching the Pacific Ocean was accomplished pretty much the second we arrived. FYI: it’s colder than the Jersey Shore.
It’s always great to see everyone and, while 120+ people getting together all at once can be overwhelming, I still wish that we could do it more often. For such a large group of people that primarily works from home, it sure feels natural to spend an entire week together.
(For the record, I had both Rosalita and California Sun stuck in my head the entire time.)
When I was little, I used to love walking around the house in the wooden clogs that my mother had picked up on a trip to Holland. Last week, I got to join my co-workers for a week in Amsterdam to work on projects for WordPress.com, meet the new additions to our crew in person, and explore the city together. I may not have brought home any clogs (they even come in comfy slipper versions now), but it was great to get a glimpse of Dutch culture.
One of our coworkers lives in Holland and our trip to his hometown was one of my favorite parts of the trip. To me, Amsterdam seems like a really small city, but it’s still somewhat bustling. Getting out of town and into a calmer place was very much welcome. I’m also so appreciative that I got the chance to see the Anne Frank Museum – I found it incredibly emotional. Seeing the posters of movie stars that she’d glued to her walls really drove home what a young girl she was.