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We lived in Albuquerque twenty years ago - and loved everything except the school system. Lots of people with doctorates (working at Sandia Labs) and an equal number who never finished high school - not much inbetween.
Snow disappears by 10 AM, but driving before is a bit hazardous due to the dramatic difference in altitude from the east side to the west side of town. You have to have a heated pool or wait until Noon to swim in the summer.
Great emphasis on sports/exercise/activities, especially biking.
You have to water daily or your yard dies.
Most homes use swamp coolers instead of AC. Cheap to run and keep you cool.
We weren't used to the architectural style of homes, but really came to love them. The architect for the Albuquerque Airport designed out house - and I still miss it.
The Balloon Festival is great fun. Usually over 600 balloonists from all over the World.
The Albuquerque Box - balloonists can fly around in circles (the box), by changing altitude. You can have conversations with them as they fly overhead.
You can't/shouldn't take your dogs into the mountains due to the plague (seriously).
Wildlife does come into town, looking for food and water. That includes bears.
You can jalapenos everywhere - including McDonalds.
We enjoyed our time there and would consider moving back, except for our kids.