Faina goes to Albuquerque in January

Oct 30th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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Faina goes to Albuquerque in January

for 2 reasons:

1) it took 3 days to learn to say fluently al-bu-quer-que, and believe me it wasn't easy!

2) got a renewed passport, can go out of the country now

So, New Mexico, here I come. GTG anyone?

I will not repeat the old jokes asking if I need a visa, what's the currency there, how much do I tip the pilot...

I will be there from Sunday January 13 through Friday January 18. Who's in the area, maybe a GTG?
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Oct 30th, 2007, 12:12 PM
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Southwest announced a sale, which I've missed one-way, still saved $80 on the RT.

Made Elderhostel reservation for a program, their hotel has a free shuttle... I am almost prepared!

Now need to figure out how to fill in free time, if any.
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Oct 30th, 2007, 01:52 PM
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Faina: several Indian casinos around ALQ.

Depending on your time, make a sidetrip to Santa Fe.

Have a great time!
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Oct 30th, 2007, 02:12 PM
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Easy, you know I don't gamble and don't drive, but thank you anyway.
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Oct 30th, 2007, 02:25 PM
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Oh, well then see if Elderhostel will move the program to Santa Fe! ;-) If they won't, Old Town Albuquerque is pretty neat in its own right.
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Oct 30th, 2007, 02:42 PM
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We'll have one full day field trip to Santa Fe. No Taos.
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Oct 30th, 2007, 04:11 PM
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Sounds good to me! count me in on a GTG. Thursday the 17th would work for me!
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Oct 30th, 2007, 09:27 PM
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Count me in for a GTG!

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Oct 31st, 2007, 08:14 AM
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Cool! Thursday the 17th it is!
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Nov 1st, 2007, 07:47 AM
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Oh man! I'm heading home on the 6th! Now, how can I talk DH into another couple of weeks in Santa Fe......


BeachBum, this is for you:

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...7/IMG_0147.jpg

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Nov 1st, 2007, 07:55 AM
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BeachBum, don't look, it's a picture of an ass
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 12:33 PM
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a question about public transportation:

the bus fare is $1. Is it for one bus? What if I need 2 buses to get where I'm going? Do I get a transfer (ticket) from the driver?

what about going back? if I go back 1/2 hour after I got there, can I use the same transfer?

In SF, the time is marked on the transfer and I can use it in any direction.

can somebody explain how the bus payments work in Albuquerque?
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Nov 2nd, 2007, 03:12 PM
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Faina - I haven't used the bus in ABQ but found some info online. I am sure you have already seen this:

routes for popular visitor destinations:


http://www.cabq.gov/transit/destinations.html


There is a phone # 505- 243-RIDE that should be able to answer your questions regarding transfers and going back on bus. { I know that in Houston for example - your fare is good only if you continue in the same direction within 2 hours of buying ticket I think -- so I think being able to "go back" isn't possible}

There is also a 35 cent fare for "Honored Citizens". You do have to get some sort of ID thing first, there is a form online that you can use for it:

http://www.cabq.gov/transit/honcit.html

If you don't have a cell phone with free long distance - I will call the Transit place next week for you and find out what I can.

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Nov 2nd, 2007, 03:34 PM
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Oh gawd, you're killin' me, Beachgirl. But thanks for leaving a full jar for me. I wonder, will they ship that stuff now? Didn't have it on their website last time I checked..... YES! Sending off an order for 6 jars tomorrow!

I could you, Beachgirl!
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Nov 3rd, 2007, 01:56 PM
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beachbum, when we were there Ore House actually ran OUT of the charred tomato salsa!! I had to buy a jar to get my "fix".

Working on staying over for the GTG -- hope it works out.
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Nov 5th, 2007, 11:09 AM
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Charred salsa? Is this what they will feed me there? Why go then? I can char anything at home!

BeachGirl, are you bringing coal to char us at the GTG

Debi, thank you, I saw the website. I guess I'll ask the driver. Not sure yet if I'll have time for travels on my own, usually EH keep you busy.

I have a picture of Kimo on my desktop with 4 pick-up trucks parked by it.
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Nov 21st, 2007, 12:07 PM
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I finally sent an e-mail to the address posted on the bus website. Maybe they'll even answer

I'm searching and planning... and hope Elderhostel won't give me much of free time
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Nov 28th, 2007, 09:39 AM
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Got the tentative schedule... Looks like I'll have a free evening after dinner on Thursday! I wonder if the dinner will be at 6 or 8 pm... hmm...

Debi, I'll send you an e-mail, it will be from [email protected]
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Nov 28th, 2007, 01:43 PM
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Is the GTG still planned for Thursday the 17th? Where will it be in ABQ?
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Nov 28th, 2007, 01:52 PM
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Girl, we haven't gotten that far as to "where" or "what time"

I will be tired after a day-long trip to Santa Fe... no car... can we meet at the Sandia Lounge in the hotel MCM Elegante?

http://www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com/location.html
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