So I'm stealing the idea for this post from the highly popular "7 things about Albuquerque" blog post. Guilty guilty, I'm not creative, I guess.
Right now I'm studying abroad in Europe (France this semester, Wales the first) and I am feeling a long way from home. So, to cheer myself up, here are however many things I can think of that I really look forward to doing or seeing when I return to Burque.
1) Driving up to Sandia peak. Heck, driving itself. I know, environmental friendly, but still...
2) Mexican food. Of course.
3) The aesthetics. Really, I think the European and Southwest American sensibilities are quite different. Everything in Albuquerque (culture, art, music) is overlaid with the bleak, strange, dramatic presence of the miles and miles of desert.
4) The desert itself. The overwhelming presence of aeons as evidenced by the highly visible rock layers.
5) Visit the reservations. Can't believe I never did it, but it always seemed so close-to-home. Now, having been asked, "wow, so you really have Red Indians there?" I regret not being able to provide more information.
6) Speak a lot of English. Learn more Spanish. Not have to struggle with French.
7) Go to Lama Foundation (okay, so that's not technically ABQ). It's a great place, if you've never been, you should go.
8) Answering a certain question: "red or green?" with "Christmas."