Wood Angels, Street Art, Santa Fe, May 2007.
Santa Fe is an artistic oasis. There is so much art everywhere: textiles, jewelery, paintings, sculpture and pottery. The adobe architecture beautifully curves around and blends in with the red arid hills. The isolation and slow pace must be what encourages the grand creativity and warm hospitality in the area.
There is something special about that place.
It’s surrounded by green rolling hills, hot springs, red desert, ancient ruins, rock formations and snow kissed mountain tops. In town, restaurants and cafes add charm to rooftops. Food choices range from festive tamale-stands on the plaza, to eclectic cuisine and traditional New Mexican feasts. Did I mention sunshine and margaritas?
Well… It’s a place of hard choices…
Is it going to be a day at the museum or a day browsing craft stores? But it could also be a good day for a peaceful nature hike. You see, there are magnificent trails and vistas all around Santa Fe. There is Abiquiu and the sandstone cliffs that Georgia O’keeffe fell in love with. There is the High Road to Taos, with its forests and Hispanic villages along the way. There is the Santa Fe ski area and its views….The kind of views ideal for the sunset. (Views you enjoy even better when you bring a blanket and a bottle of champagne! Tip: It’s chilly and romantic up there!)
But that is not all!!!
There are also the ancient ruins and rock monoliths at the Bandelier and the Tent Rocks National Monument. On some days, one certainly needs to hike up to dramatic and spiritual view points. I believe that from atop, with canyons ahead and the wind blowing gently, one feels the weight of the world lift off his shoulders. Suddenly, every worry becomes really weak and falls downhill.
And more… For the adventure seeking days, there are off the beaten track spots too. My favorites were tiny artistic communities such as Arroyo Seco, near Taos, and Madrid, at the Turquoise Trail.
Oh… Hard choices…
But one thing is for sure. Santa Fe is a delightful experience for everyone. Alone or well accompanied… There is plenty to do to stay busy or else, the perfect vibe to simply contemplate life and do nothing.
This trip was important to me in so many levels. I was having a couple of rough weeks and then, Santa Fe came along. I made room for it and it reminded me of why I travel in the first place: to enter a magical reality where you suddenly feel that you belong in this life and in this world. It made it clear to me, that this is why I need to travel periodically (okay, frequently in my case!). To learn new cultures. To learn about myself. To recharge. To stay alive. To be able to come back to life (and its crabby moments) with a smile on my face… Knowing it’s all going to be all right…
And you? Where could you go to on a magical adventure? It could be to a local destination for you. If you never travel far or alone, you could start by taking a bus ride to another neighborhood in your own town. Even to a bookshop. Or perhaps to a favorite cafe or to the movies…
Try a small adventure now and then. :)
Where is that portal from where you can access your soul?
June 6, 2007