Good Bye California .....Hello New Mexico...It's Official August 20, 2021 08:45

Good Bye LBC Hello ABQ

If you are reading this chances are you are familiar with what happened on Etsy in June.  What happened  in June lead to what happened in November, and that is what lead to me to discover this amazing city Albuquerque.

Why the change from black and green labels to blue and brown labels? Yup. Albuquerque.  Literally the whole city is tan and turquoise. I'm surprised the traffic lights aren't orange, yellow, and turquoise.  

Actually that's not completely it. It's not just the colors in the city. This place has this energy to it.  She says it best here in Forbes Magazine

It's actually something you can feel, rather than see.  You have to be here. Walk here.  I can't put my finger on it. From the unexpected beautiful old neighborhoods, to the mix of all of the cultures it's exotic like she said. I can't even call it an American feel. It's there, but there is much more to it.  It's got this cool, sexy, unassuming vibe to it.  Kind of like you are in on a secret.  An Uber driver said that Albuquerque is one of the best kept secrets in America. I would have to agree. And the thing is it sneaks up on you. 

When I first arrived here from 1-40 I was in tears. I thought what on earth had I gotten myself into.  I moved from this cool beach town to a pit.  Or so I thought.  Then I kept driving, and slowly but surely the secret was revealed--this place is different.  This is like no other place in America.  I tried to take pictures, but it doesn't really do it justice.  I tried to capture the energy in the color of the labels.  They are pretty I have to admit, but it still doesn't come close to the cool energy of the ABQ.  You know what though.  I was in another Uber,  and I heard the most amazing jazz.  He said "Oh yeah we've got a great jazz station here".  That's a clue to the vibe.    There have to be enough people here who love jazz for the station to stay.  That's what I mean by it gives you a clue to the vibe here.  The closest I could get to letting you feel what it's like here is in this playlist.  Hope you like it, and I hope you like the new look.