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I've been through the desert on a horse with no name

La, la, lalalala, la

sunny 110 °F
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We woke up this morning and found ourselves in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I started out the day by going hunting for coffee while Miriam showered. You know it's a college town when all the coffee shops are open till 11:00pm and reopen at 12:00pm. Thankfully you can always rely on Starbucks to be open before 12:00pm and have mediocre coffee. We then headed out west towards Tucson, Arizona. About an hour out of Las Cruces we past a US Customs and Border Protection check point where we were politely asked if we are US citizens. 30 minutes later we past a sign saying do not pick up hitchhikers, prison facilities ahead. So we told Jose in the trunk that we'll have to drop him off. But hey, at least he got past border control. (Disclaimer: This comment was intended for humorous purposes only. Shari & Co. is not responsible for any psychological damage reading this post may cause. In case of emergency please contact your therapist or hang up and dial 911.)

In Tuscon, we went to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum which was absolutely amazing. The museum is situated outdoors in the middle of a national park which is in the desert. You get to stroll around and experience desert life. There are all sorts of cool cactus plants and animals and birds and lizards and snakes and butterflies and bees the size of birds (they don't sting the sign says, they are too busy being single mothers caring for their children) and coyotes and all sorts of really cute animals that live in the desert. I'm usually wary of going to zoos because seeing animals in cages makes me sad but this was different, they get to roam around in their natural habitat, just chillin about. It was a really cool experience (not literally, it was 112°).

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We developed this routine, when we see a scenery that is just absolutely breathtaking, Miriam starts laughing like she's heard something funny or was watching a Monty Python episode, and I start cursing like fuck. When we saw some of the views today in the desert, I said "fuckety freaking fuck". And Miriam said, "I have to agree with you on that".

After the desert we continued on to Phoenix, Arizona, where we are spending the night. Phoenix is a really cool place with train trolleys and great eatery places. Miriam put the link to our blog on the receipt when we were paying for dinner, so if our waiter is reading this, we think you're cute and that your friend has a really cool mustache.

Posted by shari36 21:10 Archived in USA Tagged desert road_trip coffee phoenix border_patrol lower_48 tuscon starbucks_is_mediocre cool_mustache Comments (0)

A Weekend of Texas

Seriously there is so much freaking Texas

sunny 78 °F
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Friday was a really chill day. We met up with Miriam's friend Kyla, who is super cool and a Houston local to boot, who kindly offered to be our tour guide for the day. We started out at a really neat coffee place with amazing coffee and yummy food. We then headed to a couple of thrift shops and tried on some silly clothing and also bought lots of awesome stuff, it was fun. Afterwards Miriam and Kyla went to the printmaking museum in Houston and I went to the chocolate factory next-door. Miriam is a huge printmaking nerd and was very excited about the printing museum, and since I wasn't really there I'll let her make a post describing her experience there while I continue talking as per usual about my experience at the chocolate factory. It was really awesome! I got to try a bunch of different Venezuelain chocolates. We finished our day with a second lunch at The Hobbit Cafe which is so freaking cool there were maps of Middle Earth all over and the whole place had a really cool Hobbit hole vibe with stuff on the menu like Gandalf sandwiches and Pippin smoothies.

Second breakfast is important

Second breakfast is important

Saturday was a much deserved day of rest with lots of sleeping, eating, and board game playing. The people we stayed with for Shabbat, the Actors, were really wonderful. They even sent some books along for the journey when they heard of my love for science-fiction, an Orson Scott Card novel which is always a pleasure to read and a Greg Baer novel which I am unfamiliar with but excited to try.

This morning we left Houston and headed Northwest towards Austin. We had lunch in Austin and did some looking around the local shops. Austin is a super cool place, really chill vibe and lots of attractive people. Definitely on our list of places to come back to since we did not have that much time to explore it today as we had to continue heading west.

How cool is Austin

How cool is Austin

The rest of the day was lots of driving through all of freaking Texas, seriously there is so much Texas! But it is really beautiful. We stopped at Roosevelt, Texas to get gas and use the restroom but the single gas station in town is apparently closed on Sundays. According to the Internet, Roosevelt is a ghost town, however, there seem to be a few people still living in the town. Hopefully they did not see me taking care of business behind the dumpster because the only public bathroom in town is closed on Sundays. What are people supposed to do, hold it in until 9:00am on Monday?!

All in all, it was a really cool day. We finished it off by driving into the sunset over the beautiful Texas mountains, Miriam took lots of pretty pictures to document the event.

Our accommodations for the night. The sky is beautiful

Our accommodations for the night. The sky is beautiful

Posted by shari36 19:22 Archived in USA Tagged chocolate road_trip coffee texas hobbit lower_48 so_much_texas Comments (0)

Atlanta, take two

Because it's just that damn wonderful

sunny 85 °F
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Today started out as every good day should, with coffee. We then joined our fantastic friend Avrumi for more coffee at the Cafe Intermezzo that offers so many coffee choices, I may have ignored my wonderful friends and instead spent some quality time with a beautiful cup of coffee that had Dutch chocolate and other stuff and it was just so amazing. Anyway I digress. This blog is not about my love for coffee and chocolate. Perhaps I will start a blog of that nature after my travels are over.

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We then headed over to the Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum which was quite the experience. It really makes you think about stuff. They offer a very informative and interactive history of the civil rights movement and about human rights. Check it out here it's really cool. (http://www.civilandhumanrights.org/)

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We then got back home and pried Aviva away from the game she was watching (I think it was soccer, Sweden against Nigeria. I'm learning so much about sports from my short stay in Atlanta) and we headed to the farmers market where I spent way too much money and bought fancy rose petal jam that I'm very excited to try.

The day ended with a wonderful dinner at Fuego Mundo where we met up with the Pearls and spent some really nice time together. Good food, good company. It was really wonderful. Lani Pearl made us chocolate chip cookies to take along on our travels, she is amazing, I know. They tried to convince us to cancel the rest of our trip and just stay here in Atlanta which is tempting because everyone here is so freaking nice but we promised y'all that we will do 48 states in 48 days so alas, we must continue on to Alabama tomorrow. Aviva is in the living room yelling at the TV screen and sounding really excited about the game she's watching so I'm going to go join her and see what all the excitement is about (I'm actually a little intrigued about sports. This trip is doing weird things to me. It must be the lack of sleep.)

Check back with us tomorrow for our Florida and Alabama adventures!

Posted by shari36 19:28 Archived in USA Tagged chocolate road_trip coffee atlanta lower_48 center_for_civil_and_human_righ rose_jam Comments (2)

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