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There is definitely something appealing about this hippy existence, no one seems to have a care in the world. Could we live here...probably not, though I'm sure Malc would love the opportunity to create: he's been really inspired here in NM.
Again I think we benefited from visiting off season, a few tourists wandered up and down...was that an English accent? Yes! We spent a good few minutes chatting to some people from Scunthorpe who were staying in Albuquerque on holiday for 2 weeks. Mike is an architect at home and he and Malc bemoaned the bureaucracy of planning regulations at home as we told them about the earth ships further north. Here we are, tourists ourselves but extolling the virtues of this great country and offering advice on where to go and what to see!
As we stood in Mad- rid's main street the clouds of desert dust billowed by covering everything with minute particles, giving it all including us that kind of 'used' look! Could we live here...maybe not.
We carried on through San Antonio and Cedar Crest, to Tijiras, but Madrid remained the highlight, not for the English company, but for its quirkiness.
If you want to know more about the history of the towns on this trail there is a web site...isn't there always! www.turquoisetrail.org but I think our piccies are better!
Back in Santa Fe we had waited for the Saturday Farmers Market to stock up on some good local produce. It was its first day in its new winter quarters at Sanbusco - an acronym for Santa Fe Building Supplies company, which traded from the now rescued premises.
It stands in the railyard which itself is undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Expecting great things - remember the farmers market in Calgary, we negotiated all the road works, closed streets and finally found what we were looking for - well almost. It wasn't quite what we expected. It reminded us a bit of the Saturday market in Halifax NS, as usual we spotted the curious and quirky. We bought a huge sour dough loaf and some wonderful 'winesap' apples having tasted a sample first of course.