This country is big. HUGE. And while there are many differences across the states, we are also all ridiculously, similarly human. I present a handful outrageously over-simplified findings from over three weeks on the road:
- People are bad drivers everywhere. I repeat, everywhere.
- Mexican is the go-to cheap, yummy food that you have when visitors are in town.
- There are kind, generous people everywhere – they let you stay in their houses and feed you and show you around their town.
- Using turn signals has gone out of style.
- Using the left lane for passing only has also gone out of style.
- People are fiercely proud of the place they live; regardless of whether they moved there and never regretted it, or whether they feel ambivalent and/or mildly trapped there, it is home and is something to be loved.
- Having visitors is a good excuse to revisit your favorite places.
- People have very strong opinions about where you park.
- Outside of New Mexico, a New Mexico license plate is an oddity to be stared at.
- Anywhere, a car that is packed full to the gills is an oddity to be stared at.