Today we drove back to Durango. I am very thankful for the experiences that I had on this trip, they were interesting and enjoyable. I loved learning more about culture, that is something that interests me greatly. I also enjoyed that I got to learn more about this culture in many unique different ways. Nevertheless, I am glad to be home because this trip was a bit tiring to me, only because I am an introvert and not used to having to be around people so much for this amount of time. I enjoyed meeting new people though. Meow Wolf and cooking were my favorite parts of this trip. Big thanks to Jenny and Susy for making this trip possible and giving us the privilege to have seen everything we saw.
Today was my last official day in Santa Fe, and I had a good/stressful time. After breakfast, we headed over to a woman's house to cook food. I was excited for this because I love to cook and bake things, and I have a fair amount of experience doing it. I was also excited because I did not know how to make tamales or biscochitos, and I like both of these foods very much, and it was great to learn how to make them. The woman was very kind and generous to let us into her house and take time out of her day to deal with us and teach us how to make these things. After we made tamales, green chile, red chile, and biscochitos, we ate them and then headed back to the VBRO. Later, I headed downtown with my friend and we listen to live music in the Plaza. It was very nice. We ran to the restaurant to meet up with the group at a restaurant in the rain a couple of hours later, and ate dinner. After dinner we all headed over to get Salsa and Bachatta dancing lessons. I enjoyed this somewhat because I have done this type of dancing before, however, my anxiety went into overdrive because I do not prefer to make contact with people that I am not comfortable with. Overall it was a nice experience, but I can't lie when I say I am glad it is over. I liked my last day here, but look forward to heading home tomorrow.
We are now residing in a VBRO in Santa Fe, and it is a nice house but I am still afraid that the rooms are too close together, because I can hear everything outside my door. However, it is not so bad in regards to the fact that the VBRO is very close to a park and downtown, so we are able to walk to the places where we would like to go, which is very convenient. Today we got a tour of the Plaza in Santa Fe, and it was very factual. I learned a lot about the Native Americans and Spaniards, and how they impact the culture of Santa Fe, and also how the pyramid thingy in the middle of the plaza came to be, and how the word "savage" was scratched out. Later in the day after I ate lunch, our group went to a "art museum" called Meow Wolf. I am very glad we went here because it was SO interesting. I don't want to give much away to the readers (although it is unlikely that I have any readers at all), I really enjoyed this museum because of its storytelling aspect. I love to write fiction, so it was very intriguing to me.
It is the second day of this Osprey Week and I am beginning to fear that throughout this week I will be half sleep deprived. In the Taos Community Center, a few boys (who will remain anonymous for the sake of this blog page), would not stop talking. However, today was very interesting and enjoyable because our group visited Chimayo, New Mexico. It was very beautiful there. We got to enter the main Church and the smaller Chapel. Both places were very intimate because there were so many pictures of people passed away on the walls. The places were also very cultural. Our tour guide for Chimayo told us the history of Chimayo, how the church was built and the history of the wooden carving of Jesus. Later in the day, we drove to Santa Fe and arrived in the afternoon. We were able to explore the plaza and I bought a necklace at one of the stands along the sidewalk. All of the jewelry made by the Native Americans was very beautiful. After dinner I went to bed, and thus ends the second day of this Osprey Week.
Today our Osprey Week drove to the town of Taos, New Mexico. On our way, we ran into some unfortunate occurrences, this being the vomiting of a student. Luckily, this student was not in my van, so I didn't suffer as much as the students in the same van as the vomiting student. When we arrived in Taos, we stopped at the Community Center to unload all of our things and eat lunch. Later, we went into town and stopped at an Art Gallery, where we listen to a man from Taos talk about the history of this little town, which was very intriguing, although it was dim in the gallery so I felt like falling asleep. After this, our group drove downtown and we were allowed the opportunity to explore.
The Osprey that I participated in was Spanish Immersion, traveling to Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico.