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Thanksgiving in New Mexico

Where? Carlsbad, White Sands, El Paso, Santa Fe, Kasha Katuwe Canyon, Cadillac Ranch, Big Texan.

Distance? 1,870 miles / 29hours

How long? 4 days trip

Cost? 200$/pers except some meals include rental car, hotels, gaz, visits.

Day 0

Starting Wednesday after work, we drove until Carlsbad around 6 hours west from Dallas. Originally we wanted to visit the caves the next morning but unfortunately it’s closed on Thanksgiving Day as lots of things in America. We slept in a motel 6 found on booking.com

Day 1

Thursday, thanksgiving day.  Modification of our original program, we drove to White Sands instead of the caves (http://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm).

White Sands is just lunar pictures, it’s amazing, and coming from nowhere you have this desert of white sands in a middle of New Mexico. The landscape is just gorgeous. The weather wasn’t with us but it was still really nice. I am guessing with a blue sky it must be incredible.

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White Sands

You have to pay the entrance to the park and then you can walk on several trail (from 1.5 miles to 8 miles). Don’t forget to bring water during summer times.

I believe you can also camp, because we saw several tent.

It’s definitely a must to do if you are in New Mexico. <3

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Stop to El Paso to spend the night. Strange city across the border of United States and Mexico. You can feel the tension. I cannot say to do not feel save but the atmosphere is special. We spend the night in a nice small bar.

Day 2

Friday morning, we drove back to Carlsbad cavern, but unfortunately not lucky again, it started to snow so they closed the cavern just few minutes before we got there.

We drove almost the entire day to Santa Fe, because of the really bad weather (snowing and iced road) it took us forever to reach Santa Fe.

Day 3

Starting the morning visiting Santa Fe. Nice small city with lot of charm. Typical houses made and nice streets. We went to the local market. Santa Fe has plenty of art selling, hand craft, jewels… I really loved this city.

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Santa Fe has also the oldest church in the US. San Miguel Chapel. The adobe walls were constructed around 1610.

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San Miguel Chapel

And you can also see the famous stairs that nobody knows how it stand! Lorreto chapel: unusual helix-shaped spiral staircase (the “Miraculous Stair“).

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Lorreto chapel

To end the day, we went to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, located 40 miles southwest of Santa Fe. Beautiful canyon, that worth the trip! You can have a nice walk in the canyon and reach the view point to enjoy a nice view of the canyon.

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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

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Day 4

To end our trip, let’s finish with the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo and a big burger at the Big Texan.

Cadillac Ranch is not a ranch but a public art installation and sculpture. It was created in 1974. It consists of what were either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

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Cadillac Ranch

 

 

 

 

Deepavali

22nd October 2014,

Diwali (or Divali, Deepavali, the “festival of lights”) is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. Diwali is the biggest and the brightest festival in India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness.The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period.

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What you need to know is, there are 11 public holidays in Singapore. They includes Chinese New Year (2-days), the Buddhist holiday of Vesak Day (1-day), the 2 Islamic holidays of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (1 Syawal) and Hari Raya Aidil Adha (10 Zulhijah), the Hindu holiday of Deepavali (1-day) and the 2 Christian holidays of Good Friday and Christmas Day (25 December). The secular holidays are New Year’s Day, Labour Day and National Day.

We celebrated Deepavali with an Idian family. It was very interesting and we learnt a lot about this new culture. During this event, they put candle everywhere and the women dress the famous sari.

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Deepavali at litlle India,

If you have time to go to lillte India during deepavali, you must go there. There are lot’s of decorations and animations during deepavali.

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Valborg i Stockholm

April 30th,

Today is the day when we celebrate Valborg in Sweden.

It is a party related to religion but especially to celebrate the arrival of spring. This is not a family event but an event in the city. During this evening, the city carries a huge fire. Everyone gathers around.

There is also entertainment such as singers, comedians, choreographer …

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Dragon Boat Festival

15th of June 2013: The Dragon Boat Festival

During these four days the Chinese celebrate the dragon boat festival. It is a Chinese festival that marks the entrance into the heat of summer and the season of epidemics.

We had front row seats to attend this festival,Pierre ‘s apartment is just above the festivities.

In short, this festival is reflected in boat races, songs and dances from 6am to 11am. We were delighted to be awakened at 6 am during our public holidays!

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Yesterday at work I had the chance to taste a typical dish of the  dragon boat festival made by the mother of a colleague.

The rice cake, baked in a leaf around it with the meat inside. Very good.