Behind Clouds

Land of Enchantment: A New Discovery for Amir Landsman

While people out West have known about the joys of New Mexico for years, the first visit can be a bit daunting for New Yorkers like Amir Landsman.

Some tourists fear that such a sparsely populated state has little to offer, while others worry about having too little time to see all of the sights. Concentrating on the most popular destinations can leave even the most harried travelers with a sense of accomplishment.

The Four Corners

New Mexico forms part of the Four Corners area of the United States, along with Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Getting there from one of these states or from eastern neighbors Texas and Oklahoma typically involves driving on I-40 or I-25.

Visitors from farther away can access New Mexico’s only major airport in Albuquerque, the state’s most populated city.

Exploring Albuquerque

While in Albuquerque, visitors should take a ride on the Sandia Peak tramway. Operating on the world’s longest tramway, the Sandia tram cars deliver exceptional views of the Cibola National Forest and the sprawling city of Albuquerque.

Visitors can also go hiking, biking, rock-climbing, skiing, snowboarding, rafting, ballooning or golfing nearby.

Venturing out in Old Santa Fe

Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the United States, sits an hour north of Albuquerque.

This eclectic city attracts art lovers and foodies from around the globe. In particular, the Crosby Theatre at the Santa Fe Opera promises a magical evening to capture both the ears and the eyes. This award-winning, open-air theater permits guests to enjoy a 360-degree view of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. The complex hosts contemporary musicians as well as classical performers. Amir Landsman had actually made Santa Fe the home base during his family’s last visit to the Land of Enchantment.

Taking in Taos

Visitors who travel 50 miles south of the Colorado border can see the sights of Taos, a city with more than 20 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to its excellent ski resorts, Taos also offers nature enthusiasts the opportunity to fish, hike, bird watch and enjoy the scenery. Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains outside Taos.

Culture in Las Cruces

In Las Cruces, New Mexico, tourists should see the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. This interactive site brings meaning to the 3,000 years of farming and ranching that have sustained the region. The museum provides demonstrations and exhibits on milking, blacksmithing, saddle making, cowboy culture, Spanish conquistadors, Native American living, desert gardening, irrigation techniques and livestock practices.

Aliens in Roswell?

No trip to the Southwest would be complete without a stop in the alien capital of the world.
Roswell, New Mexico, acts as the epicenter for anything related to UFOs and extraterrestrial life.

After laughing at some creative advertising and reviewing some thought-provoking materials, visitors can return to Earth and check out the Roswell Museum and Art Center. This establishment presents southwestern watercolors, early modernist paintings and other examples of fine artwork. It also houses the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, which aims to educate and entertain the public on the topic of space science.

Whether a stop for the night or home for a week, the Land of Enchantment has something to offer every traveler. Every trip to the southwestern United States should include some discovery time in New Mexico.

As The Journey Continues

It was Aug. 31, 2009 when I last posted my last entry here. I even promised to update once in awhile, pero ayon hindi rin natupad. I have less time than I thought, yeah it’s as simple as that. Life has changed since we moved here in Brandenburg and since hubby opened his own medical clinic. Nag changed ang takbo nang buhay ko dahil isa ako sa kanyang fulltime alalay doon. I have to learn a lot of things…with success naman sa awa ng Diyos. Pero it is a challenge talaga to work in a field na labag sa kalooban ko. Lalo na’t hindi ito related sa aking profession, so I’m having a lot of difficulties adjusting to this new role. In addition to that, hindi rin ako sanay na kasama ang asawa sa trabaho or ang asawa ko ang BOSS ko. The problem in the case of a spouse is the potential emotional boomerang. Usually what happens is, if it doesn’t work out, the employee leaves and you never see them again, di vah? But in this case, if it doesn’t work out, you go home and have dinner together. That’s where the problem lies. Infact, we got so consumed with our business relationship that we end up talking/arguing business all the time even at home. So there’s no escape from business at all. The first eight months was a nightmare!

So one day, I was so fed up, I left the clinic without saying a word. Hubby was angry of course, he called and asked me to come back. But all I said was “no I’m not and that we really have to talk when you come home”. Because of that talk, our relationship has flourished to heights that weren’t possible after we start the business. Our heart to heart talk was what made our relationship to what it is now versus what it was before. A hundred times better. Well anyways, concocting the ideal recipe to combine a thriving business and a successful marriage is not easy, especially when you work together, but it can be done with understanding and compromise.

I know that our business is very important but so our marriage and family too. Inspite of all the difficulties…I am still lucky to have a husband like my husband. Who listens to my litany of complaints, opinions and ramblings and takes my feelings into consideration. It was actually my mistake that I didn’t open my mouth and talk about what bothered me earlier ago. We closed this chapter of our life, but we are still working together in our business as TEAM. And we are also working on our marriage to keep the shine. We will keep working on our marriage and working through whatever challenges we would face in the future. There are no experts on marriage and it is not something we learn in a book. But something we must learn by doing over and over again…a practice we must adjust as our journey continues…

THE MAKEOVER

We went to Bali for our second honeymoon last Dec. 20 til Dec. 31. We stayed at Nikko Bali Hotel Resort and Spa in Nusa Dua for 10 days. Bali is lovely. It is one of the few places in the whole world that I would actually want to go back. There are stunning sunsets, sculpted rice terraces and a temple on almost every corner. And for less-spiritual seekers, this steamy Indonesian island also has great surfing and a rollicking night life.