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Walking around Albuquerque, New Mexico – part one


albuquerque, new mexico

After two days of sitting through seminars at the International Tour Management Institute’s (ITMI) 2013 Symposium and Reunion I was ready to break loose. I really enjoyed the seminars but with my limited attention span I had to do something else.

albuquerque, new mexico

The Amtrak train from Los Angeles, Southwest Chief, which ends up in Chicago. The last time I was in Albuquerque I took this train.

As on our tour the first day we had really not seen much of the city itself, I set out on foot to explore Albuquerque. It was cold and windy but the sun was shining and I was wearing several layers of clothing so I was ready to battle the elements. In the morning there were gusts of wind up to 45 miles an hour that nearly knocked me off my feet. And for two blocks I suffered through a sand storm that stopped as suddenly as it had started. But I was determined to keep going.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

I loved this bear totem pole on a residential street.

albuquerque, new mexico

This was a little erie. Wednesday morning around 10:30 am on a major thoroughfare (Lomas) and not one car or one pedestrian in sight. Did I miss the memo?

albuquerque, new mexico

New construction for the US Courthouse. I liked the New Mexico-ish design.

albuquerque, new mexico

Another New Mexico-ish (I like my new architectural term!) building in downtown Albuquerque.

albuquerque, new mexico

An office building along the way.

My destination was the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, which I will discuss in another blog post. I had thought about taking the bus as Albuquerque seems to have a pretty good transit system. But I decided to leave that as a last resort because I always see so much more on foot.

Walking always has and always will be my favorite form of transportation.  I enjoy walking around taking random photos of things I would never see if I was in a car or a bus.

albuquerque, new mexico

albuquerque, new mexico

albuquerque, new mexico

albuquerque, new mexico

I was struck by the interesting and creative assortment of bus stop structures. Unfortunately, if we tried something like this in LA they would be torn up by skate boarders within a week.

albuquerque, new mexico
Turning around at the end of my walk by the acquarium at the end of town I saw this lovely view of the snow-capped mountains.

albuquerque, new mexico
A wall of mosaics as I walked back to downtown.

albuquerque, new mexico
albuquerque, new mexico

Albuquerque downtown 1949. 

Next up: walking around downtown

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

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