Let’s start here. New Mexico was never on my list of places to visit if I’m honest. The reason I came here was because Rhea, a girl a met in India 4 years ago, saw that I was in the states and invited me to come stay with her. I looked at a map (as my geography of the United States is pretty average) and saw that from Arizona to Colorado, New Mexico is kind of on the way.
I can honestly saw that it was one of the best choices I’ve made. Although Rhea and I didn’t know each other very well, she invited me in to her home and her life with big open arms.
I spent a total of 48 hours in New Mexico and felt somewhat like a festival.
When I arrived, Rhea took me straight up to the Sandia Mountains. Sandia in Spanish means watermelon, and if you know me, you know that I love watermelon. It’s called that due to the rock and minerals of the mountain turning pink in the light of sunset. We met with Adrienne, Rheas lovely girlfriend, and took a cable car up to the top where it was absolutely stunning, but freezing cold.
We kept warm in the restaurant with cocktails and nibbles before enjoying the stunning sunset from the mountain top and the huge cable car ride back down.
That night we went to a show at a space called Meow Wolf. See the website here for what it actually is. Because I find it really hard to describe.
It’s an interactive art exhibit with hidden passage ways and doorways so that each person can enjoy a totally unique experience. At one stage, whilst reading a letter on a fridge, a girl came beside me, excused herself and disappeared into the fridge.
We saw some amazing DJ’s there so there was lots of dancing and running around. I was so truely happy and excited about being there. I felt like a kid in an amusement park. If you’re heading through New Mexico, it’s definitely worth going.
As I mentioned, Rhea and I didn’t know each other very well when I arrived in New Mexico. But her open, warm heart that has invited me in to her home has allowed us to form a really lovely friendship. I’m so glad I decided to stop and accept the invitation to see her life. She’s a really special person. I cannot thank Rhea and Adrienne enough for all their hospitality.
Next stop was Denver, Colorado to see my dear, dear friend Lynsey. For those playing at home, this is a different Lynsey from the one in San Fransisco. I know, it’s confusing. Try and keep up.
This Lynsey and I first met in Portugal in 2016. We parted ways thinking we may never see each other again, but happy for the experience of getting to know each other.
Little did we know that we would end up meeting up again when I first went to Thailand in April of 2018. We ended up travelling to Bali together, which you can read all about here, in one of my earliest blog posts.
Lynsey took me up to the mountains of Boulder one day which was a really lovely day. I love it when my friends take me places. Boulder is a gorgeous little town at the base of the mountains. And such beautiful mountains they are. You can see them from every spot in town.
We had a lovely lunch at an all vegan place. I mentioned to the staff that I needed to get a coat for this cold weather. One of the girls behind the counter mentioned that they had a jacket in the back that didn’t belong to anyone, and I could have it if I wanted. They also loaded our plates up with all the extras. It was a really lovely place called Thrive. If you’re in town, check it out.
Lynsey had to work a lot with her new fancy job, so it allowed me space to go and do a few yoga classes. I really enjoyed being on the mat again. I did several classes of different styles but really enjoyed each and every teacher I had. The space was absolutely beautiful and warm.
Update: My ankle is still sore and a little swollen. It hurts more after I have to carry my big bag around. But I’m trying my best to keep it safe and supported and massaging it with helpful creams every day.
Seeing Lynsey again was a real trip. When we parted ways in Bali, I knew we would see each other again, because she told me she’d come back to Gili Air before she left. She didn’t. But instead, I came to her.
I got to meet all of her lovely girl friends at dinners, Christmas markets and even a game of bowling. Lynsey took me around to all the delicious places in Denver where we are good food, drank beautiful cocktails and talked about all the things we’d missed out on.
The last night we were together was especially beautiful. Lynsey first met me whilst I was with my ex, then again when I was travelling, but still in love with someone back home, and now when I’m completely by myself. She observed that she found me much more myself now than before. She told me that she was so happy to see me stepping in to my own and that I’d found stability in myself. It was really beautiful for her to tell me that and for her to notice the changes that I’ve gone through.
So until next time, I thank Lynsey for everything she is and everything she did for me whilst I crashed her sweet pad in Denver. I can’t wait until we move somewhere warmer together in the new year. (Very expectant for that to happen).
I’m in Connecticut now and it’s freezing!! This might be the coldest place I have ever been. I’m with my lovely friend McKenna who I met in Pai, Thailand last year. I’ve been accepted in to her home and family for an all real American Christmas.