Osprey Week Reflection
The osprey week that I attended was a Spanish and New Mexican culture trip. We went to a few different places in New Mexico and learned the history and culture of those places. On the first day, Monday, we started our drive to Taos in our two mini vans, which was a fun and interesting experience. We had to pull over at one point because one person in our group had chugged a half gallon of milk and it didn't settle well with them, so we had to stop and clean up that van. Then we continued on into the town of Chama where we were going to eat a picnic lunch. We stopped in an RV park and went to a table, but the table had a bird's nest on it and then it started to get windy and it started to rain. So instead of eating there we just continued our drive and ate in our vans. Once we arrived in Taos we went to an art shop where we looked around and listened to a man tell us an origin story and some history of Taos. The story we heard was that in a time where all animals were living harmoniously one day the fish told the other animals that something was happening in the lake. All the animals gathered around this lake and saw that human children were coming out of the water so they got taken to shore and the animals raised them. As time went on and the children grew into adults they slowly became more and more curious so they would leave and climb the mountains surrounding them as far as they would dare until they would turn around and go back to the animals. One day though a eagle told the humans to follow it over the mountains and to settle new lands and so they did and one of those new places was Taos. After he finished telling us about the history of Taos we walked around the town to explore and then went out to eat all together and then to the family center where we stayed that night. On Tuesday we got up and packed the vans then drove to Chimayo. We got to tour the Santuario church in Chimayo and the children's church as well. After our tour we ate at a restaurant called Rancho de Chimayo, and then we drove to Santa Fe. Once we got there we walked around town, and I bought cheese from a store called Cheesemongers and a chocolate croissant from a coffee and gelato store. After this we went to the house we would be staying in for the rest of the week to settle in and unpack a bit. Then we went to a Trader Joes to grocery shop so that we could make our own food at the house we were staying in some of the time. After that while waiting for dinner me and a friend went to a park down the road. Then we ate our dinner, played scrabble then went to sleep. On the third day, we got up and got ready to go to town for a tour and some history of Santa Fe. One new thing I learned was that Santa Fe means Holy Faith in english. Once the tour was complete we all split up for lunch and I ate pizza at a restaurant called Upper Crust Pizza. After this everyone met up again and we went to a hands on art exhibit called Meow Wolf where you try to solve a mystery that has occurred. After this was over we went home for a taco dinner and everyone just talked until we all went to sleep. On Thursday we went to someone's house to take cooking lessons. We made tamales, red and green chili, and biscochitos which are a type of cookie. Once everything was done we all sat down and ate what we had made. Then thtatbafternoon went to town again and I sat and listened to people play music in the plaza in Santa Fe. After the live music we got dinner at a restaurant called Cowgirl Hall Of Fame where I got macaroni with green chili and chicken on top. After eating dinner we went to take salsa dancing lessons and we learned two different latin dances. Then we went home and slept. The last day on Friday we went to a flea market and shopped around it for awhile and then we just drove back to the school so everyone could go home after a long, eventful, and informative week.