Have I mentioned that I love where I live? There is so much here within the city that would make good blogging material. Over the weekend I took a few pictures while I was out and about. A few weeks ago my husband and I were driving by this area with all these run down little houses. He explained to me that these were used to house Japanese Americans during World War 2. This is a very sad part of Phoenix's past. I guess these buildings had been located elsewhere throughout the city and then they were just stuck on this plot of land.
One very neat thing about Phoenix is that there are murals everywhere. They are painted on the sides of buildings and on the sides of bridges underneath the freeway. The photo below was taken outside of a menudo shop. Menudo is a tripe soup (and was also the name of that boy band featuring Ricky Martin way back when). The Virgin of Guadalupe is featured everywhere in this area. She is the patroness of Mexico. Her image adorns t-shirts, bumper stickers, and even car air fresheners. In Spanish above her head it reads 'God Bless This Business.' There's usually an angel underneath her but the angel here has been replaced by a man in a mariachi outfit.
The next shot was taken from downtown Phoenix. It's looking south to the aptly named South Mountains. This was taken from where I work back in May. I think that is the last time it really rained here.
Finally, my own backyard. It's not much but it's a great place to sip wine and watch the stars.