December 18, 2010 · 8:48 pm
Tonight my parents and I walked around the outlets in Anthem. We normally don’t frequent the shopping center but they had something special to offer: the tallest Christmas tree in the nation. I find it odd that a city in Arizona would be able to get the tallest tree, but hey, at least we have the ability to admire and appreciate the tree since we are not stuck in feet of snow or have to bear freezing temperatures and wind chill to enjoy it. Let me tell you, this tree was massive. I was unable to fit the tree in its entirety into any picture (I can’t wait to get my panoramic camera under the tree – yes, I know that I’m getting one, I had to pick it out). It towers over the tops of the shops and can be seen from miles down the highway that the outlets are located beside. Underneath its limbs are giant presents and toys for kids and families to stand in front of for picture-taking opportunities.
It is good to see it in the daylight, not only for the picture-taking, but because you get the chance to see the huge ornaments that decorate the tree. At night when it is lit up, all you can see are the twinkling Christmas lights, which are still a beautiful sight to behold and definitely get you in the holiday spirit.
According to the details:
- The 110-foot tall tree came from Northern California.
- A huge crane was used to hoist the tree into place.
- In total, 120 strings of lights and 3,000 ornaments decorate the massive tree.
nation's tallest christmas tree
standing under the tree with the presents
reflection in the giant ornament
nation's tallest christmas tree lit up
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December 2, 2010 · 3:33 pm
– Not driving a car, being able to walk everywhere (Save $$$$ on Gas)
– A $2 three-course meal with dessert
– The variety of fruit and fruit juices (Quiero una jugo de mora AND the best pineapple I’ve ever eaten)
– High-priced fast-food and American candy (good incentive to not eat it)
– Empanadas (compare that to hot pockets, which are not as good)
– The breakfast at El Colibri
– Coup attempts that got us out of work
– Living in a country with vastly different geographical landscapes (the coast, highlands, amazon and galapagos)
– The passion in the culture and people
– Being able to survive without a cellphone
– Television isn’t the center of the living room (the only time it was turned on was during the coup attempt)
– Everything being so close (grocery stores, gym, cafes)
– Free Salsa lessons on Wednesday night in The Mariscal District
– Not living to work, but working to live
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