Last weekend I went to Albuquerque, New Mexico for my friend Rachel’s wedding! It was so fun, mostly because almost all of my friends from college were able to go too. Our official five-year Colby reunion was actually the weekend before, but in my opinion, this mini-reunion in the southwest was way better! The six of us have been friends since our freshmen year when Colby decided to put us in one of the worst dorms on campus. We made the best of it though, and even became known as “the Drummond girls” (after the name of our dorm).
Five years later and now two of us are married and one friend is about to give birth to her first son/daughter at the end of July! Even though so many things have happened to all of us in the past five years, it was so easy and natural to fall back into the old swing of things, laugh at our old jokes and feel genuinely comfortable around each other.
Anyway, on to New Mexico. It was hot and dry, as expected, but neither as hot or dry as I was expecting. I think the highest it got was 91, and given that it was 95 and humid here in NC right before I left, 91 was just fine. The landscape was beautiful, but what really impressed me were the skies. It’s amazing how much sky you can see out there.
The altitude was also a factor. Turns out Denver isn’t the only mile-high city; Albuquerque sits at around 5200 feet and Santa Fe (where we went on Sunday) is even higher. After walking around Santa Fe all morning and drinking an entire water bottle I was feeling kind of funky. But as soon as we ate lunch and I proceeded to drink three giant glasses of ice water, all was better.
Speaking of food, we ate a lot of “New Mexican” food, which is similar to Tex-Mex but with lots of green chili (what New Mexico is famous for) and fry bread, which is like friend dough. I had a fry bread taco which was super gluttonous but delicious.
All in all, it was a great trip, both because I got to see my friends and celebrate Rachel’s wedding (which was simple and beautiful and almost perfect) and I got to visit a place I’d never been to before.