My Turn: A visitor’s impression of ever-surprising Taos


“Taos surprises me everyday.” I updated my status on Facebook after the first week staying in Taos.

I am a senior marketing student, doing summer school at the SMU Fort Burgwin campus, and also working as an intern for the Historic Taos Inn. This summer program allowed me to spend a June semester in Taos. It would be nice to get away from the big Dallas for a while as I was moving to a slower pace of life. I was excited for my adventure in the Land of Enchantment.

Taos is very unique in its own way. When I first came to this town, I felt like I was not living in the U.S. at all. Distinctive reddish-brown adobe houses largely dominated a little dusty town, surrounded in the setting views of the mountains and hillside homes.

From the most breathtaking landscape to the World Living Heritage Taos Pueblo, from local events, genuine local cuisine, and other randomness I found that made me fall in love with this place. In fact, it was my privilege to be considered as a local. Because there was some local discounts that I can get from the souvenir shops.

While working at the Taos Inn, I had an advantage of meeting people all around the world. Everyone shared a different story of their reason moving to Taos and that really fascinated me. This was such a small city that everyone knew each other.

I often recognized most of the familiar faces hanging around at the Taos Plaza or the Adobe bar for nightly live music. My friends and I watched the flamenco dance for the first time and we loved it.

 Time flies when you are having fun. Now it is time to be back in Dallas even though I wish I could stay here for the rest of summer time. I would like to thank you Taos for many remarkable experiences, and the Taos Inn for a wonderful internship opportunity. Each moment is a memory. All of the memories will stay in my heart forever.

See you soon, Taos!

Wendy Vo is an SMU student from Dallas, Texas.


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