Welcome to Albuquerque

I have been in Albuquerque for a little over a week now, and am starting to get used to it, in a sense, but still very much find it to be a sort of culture shock, especially in the area I live. Where I’m staying for the summer is on the western outskirts, and basically it’s like living in Mexico. Every sign is in Spanish, and if it even has English, English is printed second. Everyone is hispanic and there are a lot of undocumented immigrants around. It’s great, I really am fascinated by it. There are chickens, horses, cows, and of course peacocks.

I am work intern at the Center for Action and Contemplation, which means that I work 25-30 hrs a week for the center, and in exchange I am led in contemplative prayer and spiritual formation. This consists of 20 minute silent “sits” at 7:40 am and 4:40 pm each day, regular meetings with a spiritual mentor, volunteering at a homeless services shelter,  and a communal living with the other interns. There are 3 other interns, the closest in age to me is in her mid-40’s, and most of the people who work at the CAC are older as well. Suffice it to say, I’ll be learning a lot from the wisdom of people much older than I am.

That’s all for right now, I’ll update hopefully about once a week from now on. I’m reading War and Peace, so I should have plenty to say…


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