New Mexico is called the “Land of Enchantment” because of its beautiful scenery and rich history. New Mexico is among the richest places in the world when it comes to culture and tradition. There are more Native Americans and a higher percentage of Hispanics than any other state. The cultural heritage of modern New Mexico is unique among the fifty states.
Albuquerque is not State Capital, but is one of the largest and most important cities in New Mexico. We passed through Albuquerque last year on our Route 66 Roadtrip but didn’t have the time for a proper visit. So this time we wanted to make sure we would have time and we stayed for 3 nights.
Albuquerque is one of the fastest-growing high-tech centers in the U.S. Yet you rarely see skyscrapers here. Instead you will find small, dirt-walled houses everywhere. With flat roofs and round-edged walls, they are called adobe houses, and they are one of Albuquerque’s defining characteristics.
Albuquerque Old Town was the first neighborhood in 1706, when a group of Spanish families settled there. They organized their new town in the traditional Spanish colonial way, with a central plaza and San Felipe de Neri Church.
Old Town has a lot of small plazas and patios, full of shops and restaurants. It is usual to see strings of red chile pods hanging as decoration on the door of restaurants and shops and New Mexican homes. They are an iconic decoration in New Mexico, especially during the holidays serving as a symbol of “welcome”.
Albuquerque is well known for a tv show named Breaking Bad, which is both filmed and set there. It tells the story of a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Together with a student, he turns to a life of crime, producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family’s financial future before he dies.
The Candy Lady is a candy store in Old Town and it was responsible for the creation of the “meth” prop used in Breaking Bad. The candy is a blue sugar rock candy, it is now sold at The Candy Lady as meth candy.
Albuquerque is home to the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. The museum is the place to learn the story of the Atomic Age, from early development and the Cold War to today.
We learned that in Los Alamos, New Mexico, was founded a lab in 1943, where they started to build atomic bombs. Little boy and Fat Man were the names given to the ones that were dropped at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing at least 129000 people.
The museum has other interesting exhibits, such as Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Waste Transportation, Radiation 101 and some more. But the most popular is the Heritage Park.
Heritage Park is 9-acre outdoor exhibit complete with planes, rockets, missiles, cannons, and a nuclear submarine sail.
To be so close to those airplanes full of history is awesome!!
New Mexico capital is Santa Fe – The City Different. Santa Fe was founded in 1610, and is known as the oldest state capital city in the United States and the oldest city in New Mexico.
Santa Fe is full of history and tradition. It is a very religious city and you can see that wherever you go.
Just like Old Town Albuquerque, Santa Fe is organized in the traditional Spanish colonial way, with a central plaza and a church. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is the mother church of Santa Fe and is a very beautiful place to visit.
The plaza is surrounded by shops and restaurants and there are Native American descendants selling hand made art in the streets.
There was another city i really wanted to visit in New Mexico but it wasn’t possible this time: Roswell.
But that´s ok because i know i´ll come back!
“Touch the country [of New Mexico] and you will never be the same again.”
– DH Lawrence