has written 1 SperlingViews. Currently, lainie is living in Tacoma, WA and has a little something to say:
I still love it...but Posted On: 1/21/2012 9:35:09 AM
I lived in Santa Fe for almost two years (during 2009-2011) and although I decided to leave I still love that part of the country. The draw for me was and still is the surrounding pueblos and the mix of cultures that live within the city itself. The climate, high elevation and architecture are things I love there too. As mentioned in another post the excessive DUI and DWI's are appalling and real problems in and around Santa Fe. Another issue is that if you're of the 'middle class' you have to be really careful about which neighborhoods to consider buying a house in, so consider yourself forewarned.
A couple of people told me when I was new there that Santa Fe either embraces newcomers or throws them back to where they came from and I became a 'throw back'. As a middle class divorced/single woman who works online and knew nobody there when I arrived I found it difficult to develop any sustaining friendships but I don't 'blame' the town, it just wasn't a good fit for me. Within days of my move odd, annoying and sometimes frightening things began happening and this continued throughout the time I lived there. Finally the clincher came and I realized that somehow I just didn't belong there and I left as fast as I could arrange to get out. I want to return as a tourist again, which is what enticed me to move there in the first place and when I do I sure hope it results in fabulous experiences and good memories instead of what I felt when I became a former resident.