Moving from MS to NM in a couple of weeks, and I want to lessen my culture shock... help?
So, i've nixed the idea to move to the PNW
, mostly because I'm thinking of finally settling down and of all the cities I've ever lived in, I loved ABQ the best. Okay, it's been awhile (19 years) since I've lived there, but I still remember it fondly and it can't have changed that much. I'm also hoping that the dry heat will be better for my health issues
. So, I've bought a ticket to Albuquerque, and I'm off to NM in Jan.
Here's the thing. I've lived in the South for a long time and it's humid here. What should I do to prepare myself for life in the desert? other than drink water, lots of water... It's been a long time since I've lived in the desert (I grew up in the high plains of CA) but I know it'll be different than living in this humid swimming pool. Also, if I remember right, Albuquerque is high altitude, I remember having trouble breathing the first time I moved there until I got used to it. I didn't have asthma then, but I do now -- do you think the altitude will cause problems with my asthma?
Also, can anyone recommend where, other than Craigslist which isn't yielding much, I can find apartments to rent by owners? I don't want to rent from a corporate apartment complex or through a property manager -- they're so inflexible. I'm just looking for a mother-in-law apartment or a garage studio apartment. I know there are other resources out there, but I'm drawing a blank.