Part of the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens ” River of Lights ”  package, for $110.00 per couple, is cleansing souls.

After the train ride, those who participate, write bad memories from the past year on a piece of paper, fold the paper, and toss it into the fire. They also write positive goals for the New Year ahead, on another piece of paper, and toss them into the flames too.

This isn’t as dramatic as the burning of effigies in Cuenca, Ecuador, but it has the same catharsis..

Joan and I throw our goods and bads into the fire and head to the Shark Cafe for dinner.

A big lesson I learned in Belize, is that it is better to eat shark than get eaten by them.

The big task tomorrow is figuring out how to wrap this night up and put it under the Christmas tree. 

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