Atlanta is upcoming, so I should probably finish telling you about Albuquerque. The last related post was on July 1, and you had only been told about my first couple of days there. Since we were downtown with no car, there wasn’t much to do. A hotel shuttle takes you to Old Town, which is reminiscent of Fisherman’s Wharf, but inland. It is full of native crafts, touristy souvenirs, local restaurants, and one church. It’s not bad for sightseeing and people watching, but it’s a small area that runs out of interestingness after a few hours.
We ate Sunday brunch at Tucanos, a Brazilian Grill characterized by meat (or veggies or fruit) on a skewer, delivered to your table as they are cooked, like dim sum. If you love meat, this is the place to go. There are only three locations in the US, one in Albuquerque, the other two in Utah.
Taxis are expensive. We spent $40 round-trip to get to a shopping area on the outskirts of the city, where we ate at a subpar food court. A single day car rental was only $50 (at walk in rate, it would have been cheaper if we reserved online), and then we could have gone to more places. I should have asked about hourly rentals.
We walked through the Hyatt hotel, which is also connected to the convention center, and had a smoothie from a shop on the ground floor. The convention center was also holding the USBC Open Championships. You can resupply your bowling paraphernalia, check out the new stuff in the bowling industry, and watch bowlers bowl on lanes built inside the convention center.
The Albuquerque International Sunport (not airport) is nicely decorated with calming desert-y imagery. I also finally saw merchandise for the Albuquerque Isotopes, but didn’t buy any. Not enough people would get the Simpsons reference.