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Old 05-15-2011, 11:00 PM
Location: annandale, VA
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I am from Northern Virginia, thinking seriously about moving to New Mexico for school by 2013 at the latest. I have never been to the Southwest before and I am planning a trip this summer to check out Western New Mexico University in Silver city. I have heard that silver city is an ecclectic town with a quiet and eccentric charm. I know it is more isolated compared to where I am from, but I don't really have a problem with small towns. Right now, my main dilemma is that I want to stay with my current employer when I move, Trader Joes, a grocery store for those of you who haven't heard of. The only Trader joe's in NM are in Albuquerque and Santa Fe at the moment. Is there a safe place to live in between? Does anyone have any honest,good suggestions about where a single female would feel safest living between Silver city and Albuquerque? I figure at least doing a half way thing would cut down the commute. I was told that in New Mexico you can drive for hours and not see a soul, which frightens me. As long as I know where I am going and feel confident I won't get lost I will be fine. anyway, some of you have already seen my post from before and feel free to add anything else!

Thank ye
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:23 PM
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Silver City to Albuquerque is about 230 miles. About 4 and a half hours. That would get to be an expensive and time consuming venture even trying to do it from mid-point.

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Old 05-16-2011, 12:02 AM
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I don't think there is anything much between the two towns/cities. That's why people consider SC to be so isolated.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:39 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Silver City is isolated from any of the bigger cities in New Mexico. It is a long drive to Las Cruces for instance. I think you will have to choose a school in Albuquerque if staying with Trader Joe's is really important.

In any case I will give my speech about getting the Benchmark Road and Recreation Atlas for New Mexico, reading the State Tourist website, and, as you are planning, spend a wek or more just looking around. There are a lot of differences between Questa and Columbus.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:36 AM
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I think the OP is confusing Santa Fe with Silver City. This looks like one of those "where should I live between Santa Fe and Albuquerque" threads.

If not, going to school in Silver City while working at Trader Joe's in ABQ/Santa Fe will kill anyone. Unless they offer an online degree at Western.
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:13 PM
Location: annandale, VA
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No I did mean Silver city..for some reason I was thinking the commute was less in between. The whole point of going to school there is to experience living in Silver so the online degree would defeat the purpose..I could just go to university of New Mexico in Albuquerque.. but then they don't have the major I'm interested in.
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