Friday, January 1st, 2014,

We got to Santa Fe on the 14th of December.

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T & D, the home owners for the 6 week sit, were very gracious and we knew we would be friends right away. They took us out to a Japanese restaurant the 2nd night we were there and it was a real treat after eating all our own food with some Mexican road food in between. Before dinner, they took us to the Governor's Palace, where the town was holding the traditional procession

  

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of Joseph and Mary's attempt to find lodging on the eve of Jesus' birth. There were people dressed as devils on the catwalks

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of the buildings surrounding the square. The devils were yelling out in Spanish that there was no place for them and they should keep moving. We walked around the square with the crowd yelling back at the devils until we reached the Governor's Palace, where they had a stage of carolers, hot chocolate and small bon fires for warming. It was super cold, but worth it just to experience the tradition. 

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On Christmas eve, we went to Canyon Rd for the Farolito walk

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Farolitos lined the sidewalks, buildings and grounds. It looked like it took a lot of work and was really beautiful. Although it was a super cold night and there were thousands of people there, it was something we had to experience. Would I go back again? NO!!. Too many people made it really hard to move up the road, the public toilets were locked and we had to take a bus from the railyard parking lot to get there.

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Canyon rd. is a narrow, winding road a few miles long and lined with galleries. All of the galleries have various sculptures outside, so it is an interesting walk with much to see without going inside.

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All in all, the walk was better than sitting around the shanty wondering what we were missing. Now I know...

 

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