Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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4021 Simms Av. (Diane's house)

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Monday, October 7, 2013

The 42nd Balloon Fiesta began on Saturday.  Diane and I went to the fiesta-ground in the afternoon.  Yes, we admit it: we did not get up at 4.30 a.m. to go out and see the 500 hot-air balloons lift off into the air.  But we were there at sundown when a 'balloon glow' was organized:  50 or more of the balloons were lit up, and it was quite a sight.  The Balloon Fiesta lasts until October 13.  Balloon afficionados can see more on: 
Yesterday, Sunday, Diane went to a nursery and purchased a new flowering shrub for her garden.  It's called Pink Flowering Almond (Prunus glandulosa 'Rosea Plena').  Prior to that a dead tree had been removed from the site, and I removed more roots from the tree to make sure that it doesn't start growing again.  The new plant has 'showy 1 inch double pink flowers in early spring, contrasted by shiny green foliage.'  
Later on Sunday a neighbor from across the street came over.  Her name is Trine Christensen, and she is originally from Denmark.  Her first 9 years were spent in Thisted, and her family then moved to Hanstholm (a small fishing village on the west coast of Jutland).  At 18 Trine came to Albuquerque as an exchange student, and she has remained here since.  She is now married to Chad, who has a morning program on local television.  Trine's Danish Jutland dialect is intact.  In addition to an 11-year old daughter, Elizabeth, Trine and Chad have 2-year old Annelise together.
Did you know that Albuquerque has a 'Museum of Holocaust and Intolerance'?  I didn't, so I decided to go there and see it on Friday.  Half the small museum is dedicated to the Holocaust perpetrated by the nazis against the jews where 6 million perished in the gas chambers.  But there were also displays about other genocides:  the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Turks in 1915 and the Rwandan genocide in the 1990's.  There was also an interesting display about the rescue of the Danish jews in October 1943.  7,000 Danish jews sailed to neutral Sweden from nazi-occupied Denmark in fishing boats and other small boats, after word had spread that they were to be sent to German kz-camps.  Also most of the Bulgarian jews were saved according to another display.           
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Jayne on

There is a smaller balloon festival a week or so after the one in Albuquerque. I have been to that one and I did get up at 4:30 AM to watch the whole process and to see them left off.

Jayne on

I forgot to say the other balloon festival was in Taos.

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