New Mexico March 26, 2017
15 Things You Quickly Learn When You Move To New Mexico
Congrats! You’ve made the excellent choice to move to New Mexico. Our state is an amazing, unique place. Depending on where you’re relocating from, you may find the Land of Enchantment requires a bit of an adjustment. So, here are 15 tips and observations to ease the transition.
1. You’ve moved abroad.
New Mexico’s part of the United States? Good luck explaining that to customer service agents.
2. Chile is a food group.
Embrace this, or prepare to finish every single restaurant order with the words "chile on the side."
3. Chile is also a season.
You’ll know it’s chile season when huge roasters and lines of people fill the parking lots.
4. Speaking of parking… you can now find some.
Say adios to choosing destinations based on parking availability, including parking costs in a budget, and valet parking. Those are problems for other states. Many of us go weeks without parallel parking.
(This doesn’t apply to the most densely populated parts of our cities and certain narrow streets in historic areas.)
5. It’s helpful to speak some Spanish.
The flags of both Spain and Mexico have flown over our state and the Spanish language is part of both our past and present. Currently, an estimated 29% of New Mexicans over the age of five speak Spanish when at home.
6. New Mexico’s history stretches back thousands of years.
The state is filled with historic buildings and ruins. Living here makes it easy to explore the past.
7. There are more shades of brown than you ever imagined.
Our landscapes offer stunning panoramas and, while New Mexican architecture is gorgeous, it doesn’t steal attention away from the surrounding natural beauty.
8. We have a mañana attitude.
I’ve heard this used in a critical way, but there’s a lot to be said for embracing a slower pace of life. It gives you room to focus on the things that truly matter, rather being buried under to-do lists.
9. Rocks are the enemy.
Don’t believe me? Wait until one of those suckers flies up off the road and cracks your windshield. It’s inevitable.
10. In New Mexico everyone laments the lack of rain…
…Until this happens.
11. At Christmas, the simplest decorations are the loveliest.
It’s the one time we don’t pick red or green.
12. The sky is jam-packed with stars…
…And you had no clue until you experienced night in New Mexico.
13."Heavenly" light isn’t something you only find in religious artwork.
On many an afternoon, you’ll witness sights like this.
14. Double rainbows are a thing.
(We make no such claims about leprechauns.)
15. You won’t want to leave.
New Mexico seeps into your soul and in no time you’ll be hooked on everything from the sunsets to the wide open spaces.
If you’re a transplant, what lessons did learn after moving here?
Perhaps you’re thinking about relocating or are trying to find the perfect place to settle down in the Land of Enchantment. If that’s the case, check out
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