We’ve safely arrived at our (temporary) final destination – Albuquerque, New Mexico!

3rd Stop – Amarillo, TX

We had intentions of arriving on Wednesday, but the torrential rains kept us in Amarillo, TX last night.

Instead of finding another last minute Airbnb, we decided to splurge on a hotel room so that we could really relax – and boy did we! We stayed the night in a beautiful hotel complete with an indoor hot tub (Jacob’s favorite), and a large plush bed (the most important part of a hotel stay).

For dinner, Jacob recommended that we try a steakhouse that had been advertised all along our route as – “HOME OF THE FREE 72OZ STEAK” – surprise, surprise.  The rains were so bad in Amarillo that the restaurant roof had caved in inside one part of the restaurant.  I mean, we literally witnessed a woman get dumped-on by the rain soaked ceiling tile. Anyways, dinner was delicious.

We spent the remainder of the night relaxing in our hotel.

When we awoke, we ate our continental breakfast & hit the road for Albuquerque.  We thought that by getting an early start we would avoid the rains, but we were wrong.  It poured almost the entire trip from Amarillo to Albuquerque (about 4.5 hours).  And while we didn’t get hit with the worst of the storm this time, it was still torrential; nevertheless, we made it safely.

Our Final, albeit temporary, Destination – Albuquerque, New Mexico

The drive into New Mexico was absolutely gorgeous.  Don’t you hate that photographs never do a place justice?  I couldn’t stop gawking over the beautiful desert terrain and mountains as we entered Albuquerque – and I still haven’t.  It’s gorgeous, I think I’ll really enjoy it here.

We arrived and drove straight to our first Airbnb which we’ve reserved for 5 nights, after which we check into our next place for 5 weeks.

Our First Stay – A Vintage Adobe

When we arrived at our Airbnb, it radiates New Mexican authenticity. It’s an adorable adobe painted brightly, we couldn’t miss it.  The prickly pear & other cacti outside have overtaken the front yard (which is a stone garden), but it’s not an overgrown mess feel…more a natural cacti garden vibe – I love stuff like this, so I’m happy.

When we got out of the car, there was loud reggaeton music coming from the house.  I knocked, and our host greeted us, “YAY! My guests are here!”  Haha, she was very excited that we’d arrived.

I’m not sure how old she is, but she’s awesome.  As far as I can tell, she was a hippie in her past life – and definitely still is. She engaged in conversation more like we’re best friends rather than an Airbnb host, which made us feel really comfortable. She gave us a tour of her home – adorable, comfortable, authentic – I like it.

This neighborhood is close to downtown, but I’m not sure I’d walk there. I don’t like to admit it, but I feel a little timid about my new environment. It’s not like I’ve ever moved out of Wisconsin before, so this is just new. Surely I’ll be comfortable soon, it’s just an adjustment.

Speaking of Adjustments

Jacob received his work schedule for the month of October and I’m very excited for him.  I’ve also decided that I’ll find a part-time job, it’ll be a great way to meet people and get me out of the house.  I’m not picky about the type of job I get, but its the holiday season which means retail stores are hiring seasonal help – it’s kind of a perfect fit for me at the moment. I’d also tossed around a “work from home” full time job, but that doesn’t necessarily help my social life.

In Wisconsin, my social life was flourishing.  I have an awesome group of friends in and around Appleton, so the biggest adjustment will be being without them. We’ve all thought it – but why does it have to be so weird making friends as an adult? Surely when I get that part-time job I’ll have some type of social interactions, but what about real friends?

I’ve been brainstorming about how to make friends here. I’ve been thinking about my hobbies & interests, and about how I’ll meet people who I’ll have some of those things in common with.  For example, yoga classes.  I’ve been finding yoga studios & unique yoga classes to attend, which will be really fun, but eeek it still makes me nervous.

I hate that I’m nervous. I wish I was feeling super excited, ready to take on the world and make tons of friends – which I am excited about, but when the moment comes, I hope my nerves don’t get the best of me.  I already have plenty enough embarrassing stories about networkingI don’t need more.

I’ve downloaded apps like Meetup, and I’ve joined ABQ Facebook groups, it’s just that I don’t know how to start.

I’ll continue to keep you all updated on our journey. I post daily updates on my instagram account, so if you don’t already, follow me there.

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♥M