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Published: July 15th 2016
Right, so... last night was fun haha. Word to the wise, Albuquerque's Greyhound station is an odd, odd place. Look at yesterday's entry if you're interested - happy to say I finally did get on my bus and made it to Denver this morning. Although I'm sure I will look back on it and laugh (ok I already find some of them funny, my orange juggler in particular), I very much need to remind myself next trip that overnight bussing in the US is a grave error haha.
Anyway. I dropped luggage off at the hostel and ventured out in search of something with green chilli on it - a must have in this area, apparently. The breakfast diner next door didn't disappoint! Holy massive burrito of cheesy, eggy, chilli goodness! The chilli has pork in it too and just the right amount of kick. Yum!
I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do or see in Denver... this was a last minute addition to my trip since Expedia screwed up my flight. Since I didn't sleep much last night (shocker), I knew it would be lowkey whatever I did. I decided to simply down towards the State
Capitol where most "touristy" things seemed to be. Considering my attitude towards US politics at the moment, I opted not to go on a tour of the building. Also, to be fair, once you've been in one State Capitol, they're all quite similar.
I headed off towards the State Capitol - on the way I stumbled upon the arts/theatre district which had some neat graffiti and a beautiful sculpture "The Dancers". Still a shame the sun is so brutal here because had there been shade I would have crossed over the river for a better shot of the sculpture... but no.
Not far down is the Convention Centre which has a giant bear peering in the windows. Cute. I then made a happy discovery - 16th Street is a giant pedestrian mall with a free shuttle bus that literally just goes up and down the road. I took a mental note - coming back here later. They also have a bunch of public pianos set up all over the place - great vibe.
I did make it down to the Capitol - there's a nice big park area there, and there just so happened to be a
massive food truck fair, so I just sadly walked amongst the food I wasn't hungry for. Honestly that burrito will keep me going all day. I people watched for a bit - having found a premium spot in the shade thank you. It's a neat little area - they have games set up too, like a giant beanbag thing, and there's a lovely flower garden. Nice area. I then looped back around the park so I saw some of the sculptures near the Art Museum and library. (Including a giant chair with a horse standing on the seat, because why not?) I also had a good laugh at the fountain/pond they have... there are these statues of seals that shoot the water, and there's a kid hugging/riding the seal... but from the angle I took the picture it just looks like the seal is screaming and has hands lol.
Anyway, rest of the day was spent shopping since that's air-conditioned lol. My poor shoulders needed a little break - doesn't matter how much sunscreen I put on, the first day of every trip I get burnt. Oddly enough this year is probably the smallest burnt I've got, but it's
right on top of my shoulders. Inconvenient. Tomorrow I'm doing a bus tour though, so by the time I'm back in ALB I should be good to go. Also, happy to note I don't feel the altitude difference anymore 😊
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