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Tucson Gem Show

The Tucson Gem Show. It is the name used referring to a multitude of large gem shows, along with a satellite of smaller gem shows that take over Tucson around the last week of January and the first week of February. It’s the biggest to do of the gem show world, and the largest convergence of crystals and gems from around the planet. About 65,000 people visit for the show, and has an economic impact of about 120 million dollars.

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Tucsons ‘El Tiradito’ shrine

a mystical grotto dedicated to an unlucky sinner

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el tiradito shrine

Tucsons ‘El Tiradito’ shrine is rather unique in the United States. It’s magical history goes back to the 1870’s, well before Arizona “magically became” part of the United States. It is a site and story of many local legends including the one officially agreed upon version. El Tiradito translates to ‘the castaway’, it is located in the oldest and original part of town, now known as barrio viejo. At that time, it was just a sleepy Mexican outpost in the once northern part of Sonora, Mexico. And this area and region has been inhabited by people for thousands of years.

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Things to do in Tucson : best dive bars

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5 great Tucson bars that offer a fun and unique night out on the town

Looking to have an interesting night out in Tucson? These 5 neighborhood night spots each offer a fun filled, and exciting evening excursion. a perfect way to wind down after hiking up Tumamoc hill, or in the evening after going to the Tucson gem show. I have selected these based on their own uniqueness, but also, for their contrast to each other. Each one has it’s own stand alone style, and offer a different mood. however, each space is welcoming and inclusive; and you could visit just one, or collect them all. BTW, these are not sports bars, so no distracting televisions!

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get coffee- cottagecore style in Tucson at ceres

Ceres – Tucson, AZ

the first thing you notice when walking up to the window at ceres, is that it seems to be a place found elsewhere in the world, like France or Italy. Definitely not the Sonoran desert. İt’s housed in a former burrito restaurant, one that had operated and been a family business since 1927 but closed around the late 90s. İ hear the original owners still stop by from time to time.

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Get coffee- black crown, tucson, AZ

90s style coffee house

Open till midnight, it’s not too different than the beatnik-punk era coffee shops of the late 80s early 90s. It’s usually pretty busy, and the crowd rotates between students, bikers, goths, and some relatively regular folks. Everything about the place reaches back in time to when coffee houses were more social, more like a bar. There’s a few students doing homework silently on laptops, but the vibe is anything but 3rd wave.

As you enter, you may notice there are large plate glass windows lining the exterior walls, but it mysteriously remains dimly lit inside. Then, as you proceed to the counter, You pass a spiral staircase that winds up to a loft with couches, coffee tables, and a shelf of board games. there is only one place to stand to order, and in classic fashion, a line forms out towards the door. The espresso machine blocks the view to the barista. There is no chaos. it’s an old school set up with a pastry case by the register, and a drink menu looming behind the cashier. Black crown never felt the need to evolve into the 3rd wave coffee ‘experience’ that feels like you’re ordering coffee from the apple store.

then there are the little soft touches and flourishes. a Bathroom key is connected to a soup ladle, dangling from a nail on a post. Music is period appropriate with the occasional souxie and the banshees or sisters of mercy. Missing however, are the poetry readings and open mic nites that plagued the 90s. That’s ok, we can get by without those. They have a full rack of torani syrups. They have their own names for lattes and mochaesque concoctions.

after noticing all the important details and ordering, you can go up to the loft, sit ground level in wooden booths that line the large plate glass windows, or step out to the front patio.

the coffee is good and strong, the espresso drinks are made well. The atmosphere is inviting and cozy and never an air of snootiness from the baristas. This place is a nice break from what coffee houses have become. You’re actually meant to hang out here, And most importantly the doors are open when you need coffee at 11:30 pm…because you’re trying to stay up all night…to make art. Get directions. Next post: the lost art of staying up all night.

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tumamoc hill- Tucson ritual hiking trail

Located on the west side of Tucson is Tumamoc Hill. it’s a mile and a half long getaway from whatever it is that you should be doing. Open at 5 am til 10pm, hundreds of people take on this paved hike daily. İ prefer early morning or late night, when cooler temps prevail. Quick note: it’s a particularly beautiful hike during a full moon.

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