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Complex Systems Summer School 2016

Margarita Trail!

Let's get our passport and tour the Margarita trail! Details here:

I have 2 more extra passports --Marla

July 2: Museums in Santa Fe

Admission is free for some of these museums when using the New Mexico Family Pass. Contact Carla Shedivy for details.

  • Museum of International Folk Art - FamilyPass
  • New Mexico History Museum / Palace of the Governors - FamilyPass
  • Museum of Indian Arts & Culture - FamilyPass
  • New Mexico Museum of Art - FamilyPass
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Walking or taking the bus

Visit for complete information on the Santa Fe Pick-Up Free Shuttle.

Museum Hill is also only about a mile away, and not a bad walk. Thanks to Ellen.

  1. Rana

Interested in renting cars

A full-sized car can be rented by 5 people for USD $10.72 per person plus shared gas. Visit for complete information on car rentals.

Please specify whether you would like to take up on renting one of the cars and the kind of insurance you have

July 2 - July 3: Carlsbad Cavern and Whitesand National Monument trip

Please sign up below. If you can drive, that would be a plus! (Ideally, it would be good to have at least 2-3 persons who can drive in such a multi-day road trip)

  • Nicole: I can drive but would prefer not to
  • Ryan (I have license and insurance)
  • Devrim-I will be driving too, and can drive some people. I may consider leaving on Friday and stay for two nights, depending on the research schedule.
  • Ben. I don't have drivers' license, but...
  • Danilo. I have italian driving license. Some say I can drive.
  • Cheng Jin. I have Chinese driver's license and I can be a bench driver.
  • Jelena - I can drive

July 1 - July 3: Grand Canyon - Antelope Canyon

Leave St. John’s college Friday 6pm (after dinner).

Sleep somewhere on the way, 4h drive from Santa Fe (arrival 10-11pm) – we don’t know yet exactly where but it should not be hard to find a hostel or something.

Get up early on Saturday and reach Grand Canyon before noon (2:30h-drive). It’s 30$/car to enter the park. Using our car and a shuttle bus we can access all the viewpoints (some are not accessible by car). We can also do some hiking!

Sleep somewhere midway between Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon (1h-drive)

Get to Antelope Canyon (early morning, 1h-drive). 40$/person for the tour (4x4 truck, lasts aprox. 1 hour). Then there is also a river trip in the Colorado river from Glen Canyon dam to Lees Ferry ( -90$/person) These are options we should discuss, as they are expensive. Otherwise we can look for nice trails nearby to hike.

Go back to St. John’s (6h drive)

Places where to sleep have not been decided yet, we would like to know who would be interested before booking, so that we can find lodging for everyone. We have checked some Motel 6 where there are double queen bed rooms (two beds, four people) that are fairly economical.

Let us know if you are interested, as we should meet as soon as possible to book the accomodation!

Interested people a week ago: Lars Sina Syed Danilo Emanuele Aina

July 3: Santa Fe Wine Festival

Wine festival! Historic living history museum! Come on down and take a tour of a colonial-era museum and drink some fantastic wine from around New Mexico. 12:00pm - 6:00pm, and then maybe stop by JP's farm for a hang-out. For more information, see:


JP's Volkswagen

  1. JP
  2. Usama
  3. Scott
  4. Jacob
  5. Moriah

MITREmobile (will have to leave the festival at 4-ish)

  1. Ellen
  2. Jose-Mario
  3. Abby (birthday girl!)

Marla's Chevy

  1. Marla
  2. Marcus
  3. Chenling
  4. Anjali

Lauren's subaru

  1. Lauren
  2. Marillia
  3. Andy


July 4: JP'S FARM!

JP is having a Independence Day PARTY! Come on down for grilling, fireworks, bonfires, and all sorts of other mischief. Visit the RANCH PARTY page for more information

Other Ideas

  • Currents New Media Festival, Weekends in the Railyard
  • 4th of July on Santa Fe Plaza

July 6: Fancy Dinner

JP would like to dress up and go someplace nice. Sazón is nice. Let's go to Sazón for dinner!

JP's Classy Volkswagen

  1. JP
  2. Ellen
  3. Catriona
  4. Usama (they have huitlacoche, I can never say no to huitlacoche)
  5. Jacob

JP's Not Classy 4Runner

  1. <driver needed>
  2. Dan (can drive if needed)
  3. Moriah (willing to uber/walk)
  4. Jesús
  5. Anjali

Past Events

June 23, 6:00pm - Rodeo de Santa Fe

Come on down for the 67th annual Rodeo de Santa Fe! Watch real-life cowboys get thrown off of various species of raging livestock for their competition and your entertainment. Starts at 7:00pm, we should leave SJC about 6:00. Tickets cost $17.


Juni's Car

1. Catriona
2. Evelyn Strombom
3. Usama

JP's Totally Cool VW GTI (5 seats)
2.Christine Moore
5. Lorraine

JP's Almost-as-cool Toyota 4Runner(5 seats)
1.<Gaetano - Awesome to drive it!>
2. Nai Seng
3. Lindsay
4. Rudi

Biking (~ 8 miles downhill on the way)
1. Nicole (if others come)
3.Thomas (if there's a bike rental....)
5.Mika (if someone can lend me a bike...)

Devrim's car (total 5 seats, I won't be driving (biking) but can lend my car to someone, contact me (5 seats)
2. Anjali
3. Jesus Mario
4. Xander

Carla's Subaru
1. Carla
2. Scott
3. Andy M
4. Marius
5. (this spot is middle back seat and one needs to have short legs and not mind closeness)

Jeff's car (total 5 seats)
1. Jeff
2. Ryan
3. Emanuele
4. Pinar

Marla's Chevy
1. Marla

Still Needs a Ride

  1. Donovan

June 17, Out on the town in Santa Fe

Is anyone interested in going out in Santa Fe after our first visit to the Santa Fe Institute? Drivers would be nice, but I was thinking we could uber there/back if people (understandably) don't want to DD

Open to suggestions for location


  1. Ellen
  2. JP
  3. Dan Biro
  4. Ruichen
  5. Moriah
  6. Lorraine
  7. Michael
  8. Rana
  9. Ryan
  10. Usama
  11. Donovan
  12. Jesús A.

<!*We'll be bussing folks back from SFI on Friday after our BBQ and can drop at some location in town -JP*!>

- Hey JP, any recommendation for good hangouts? I know folks have gone to Second Street but I've heard margaritas at the Shed are good (that's more of a restaurant, though, IIRC). - Ellen

Second Street, Draft Station, Thunderbird, Secreto are all pretty cool hangouts. There's also the Violet Crown movie theater with a *huge* beer selection and nice open space down in the Railyard. -JP

June 18, Taos!

JP wants to take a trip up to Taos & Ojo Caliente. Come see small mountain towns, interesting geology, and maybe a stop at Ojo Caliente Hot Springs on our return.

Current plan will be to meet up in the parking circle at St. John's at 10:00am on Saturday morning. We'll then head up through the High Road to Taos and see some nice old towns, then lunch in Taos, see the Rio Grande Gorge, go to art museums,. On the way back, if some people feel like it, we can stop at Ojo Caliente Hot Springs.

Lauren's subaru

  1. Lauren
  2. Marillia
  3. Asher
  4. Xander

JP's Cool Hatchback GTI

  1. JP
  2. Ellen
  3. Andy M
  4. Moriah
  5. Usama

Santiago's K00L Rental (5 seats)

  1. Santiago
  2. Jelena
  3. Christine
  4. Gaetano
  5. Chenling

Devrim's car

  1. Devrim
  2. Salva
  3. Simon
  4. Pinar
  5. Ulya

Juste's rental car

  1. Juste (driver)
  2. Ben
  3. Joris
  4. Jesus
  5. Ryan

Emanuele's car (5 seats)

  1. Emanuele
  2. Aina
  3. Donovan Platt
  4. Will
  5. Syed

Carla can driver her Subaru, but we'll still need a rental to get everyone to Taos

  1. Carla
  2. Anjali
  3. Thomas
  4. (this spot is middle back seat and one needs to have short legs and not mind closeness)

JP's Other Car

  1. Lin-Qing
  2. Jacob
  3. Marius
  4. Ruichen (can drive too, California license since 2012)

Question: JP, do you want to designate driver for this car? Or you don't care much? --Ruichen

Answer: Leadership is emergent and who would like to drive is OK by me -- JP

Fabio's rental car for Taos

Renting a full-sized car. 5 riders will be USD $10.72 per person plus shared gas. Visit for complete information on car rentals.

Please specify whether you would like to become an additional driver, the kind of insurance you have, and whether you would like to use the car to go to more places as a group.

  1. Fabio: driver; I have a Maryland driver's license and an auto rental collision damage waiver with my Visa credit card.
  2. Lu Liu: additional driver; PA driver's license, no specific insurance.
  3. Sina: NJ driver license, I am happy to drive but I don't have a rental insurance
  4. Danilo
  5. Rana

Interested in renting cars for Taos

A full-sized car can be rented by 5 people for USD $10.72 per person plus shared gas. Visit for complete information on car rentals.

Please specify whether you would like to take up on renting one of the cars, whether you would like to drive, the kind of insurance you have, and whether you would like to use the car to go to more places as a group.

Sunday, June 19: The Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Let us visit Los Alamos, birthplace of the atomic bomb.

10:30AM Brunch at St. John's College

June 24 @ 5:00pm - 1:00am Meow Wolf expedition: House of Eternal Return exposition and Concert at night: Nosaj Thing & Lucky Dragons

Apparently a mindblowing non-linear interactive exposition in the day and awesome concert at night, so we can do both in one go or you can join us for either ; )

You can check the info for the exposition here: and the concert here:

Car volunteers welcome, otherwise we would just share and Uber, taxi or just take a lovely walk and watch the New Mexican nightsky (you know, just in case we suddenly find that there are double the stars in our view ;) Note: not free, expo is 18 and concert is 25, but I predict they are surely worth it!


Jesus Mario

JP's VW GTI (5 seats, sign up below conditional on coming up with a suggested name for the car)

  • 1. Evelyn ("Georgia")
  • 2. Moriah ([coming soon])
  • 3. Ruichen ("Bazinga")
  • 4. Ben ("jeeep")
  • 5 JP "JP's car"
  • 6. Jeff

Ellen's rental car (the MITREMobile) - 4 seats besides the driver

I have to get my phone upgraded at Sprint, so I'll be leaving about 5:30 from St. Johns (the circle in front of the dorms) if anybody wants to go that early (I'll drop you off at Meow Wolf, do my thing, then rejoin you). There are some restaurants in the area - Dr. Field Goods, and Duel Brewing, as well as fast food. Warning, I am probably not gonna stay for the concert and will come back after the HoER, but I'm happy to take back whoever wants to come!

  • 1. Ellen
  • 2. Mark
  • 3. Chenling
  • 4. Lin-Qing
  • 5. Jacob

JP's Wicked Cool BattleMobile 4Runner (5 seats)

  1. Sina<can drive>

William's SUV (SoUlVehicle) probably will only for for exposition and not the concert will pikup up whoever wants to go and waiting at the circle at 5pm (or those signed up)

  • 1. William
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 4.
  • 5.

Sign up here

  • Usama: I don't mind walking
  • Lorraine: looks awesome, also don't mind walking or Uber
  • Santiago
  • Lula
  • Juste
  • Harrison
  • Rudi
  • Andy - would like the walk in.
  • Ruichen
  • Donovan

June 25: Santa Fe Pride (on the Plaza)

Santa Fe Pride is June 25 - there's a parade at 1 PM and then a festival on the Plaza immediately afterwards (1:30-ish). I've never been to a Pride and would love to go check it out, if anybody else is interested. - Ellen

June 25, 10:00am - Bandelier Field Trip

We're taking a trip to Bandelier National Monument on Saturday June 25th. Please visit the Bandelier Field Trip Page to sign up!

Jun 25 - Jun 26: Bisti Badland overnight trip

  • Ruichen (Organizer): I have reserved one SUV for this overnight trip (seats 5, including driver).

Plan to leave SJC after lunch on Saturday, arrive at the park around 4pm, hike till sunset; and then spend the night at Farmington (hotel/hostel), get back to the park for sunrise (~5:30am - 7am), and then head back to SJC in time for Sunday brunch.

Cost will be split among everyone who participates:-) I have a California driver's license.

Please sign up below. If you can drive, that would be a plus! (Ideally, it would be good to have at least 2-3 drivers in such a multi-day road trip)

  • Lula - I'm interested and am happy to drive.
  • Cheng Jin
  • Fabio

June 26, METALACHI in Albuquerque

JP's favorite mariachi/heavy metal fusion band is playing a riotous show in Albuquerque on Sunday night, 8:00pm. Leave SJC at 6:00pm, return about midnight.

(Is this the group you were talking about that has one member whose only job is to yodel? --Ellen)

JP's Awe-Inspiringly Comfortable Volkswagen GTI

  1. JP
  2. Catriona
  3. Moriah
  4. Jacob

JP's Go-Anywhere Haul-Anything 4Runner

  1. <driver needed>

June 30 off-campus dinner

Cafe Castro! Let's go!

JP's German Machine of Cool Sophistication GTI

  1. JP
  2. Moriah
  3. Asher
  4. Ellen (achtung baby!)
  5. Catriona

JP's Japanese Car of Off-Road Mayhem 4Runner

  1. <Gaetano....let's drive it again!>
  2. Usama
  3. Pavel -- I can be the driver, see those Russian dash cam videos on youtube, haha :))))
  4. Rudi
  5. Lauren

July 1 Opera

The Santa Fe Opera season starts July 1 with Puccini's 1910 La Fanciulla del West -- a gold rush era drama set in the American West, called a "lyrical poem" by a Toscanini, and starring Minnie, a saloon owner who becomes the outlaw protagonists's love interest.

Seems like the perfect opera to see while we are in Santa Fe! It's common at the Santa Fe Opera to tailgate first -- which we can do with a quick trip to Whole Foods on our way.

If you're interested in going, sign up here. In a day or two we'll work on getting tickets together. Ticket prices seem to range from about $37 to over $300.


Marla or Abigail

Sign up here

  • Nicole! (thanks so much for organizing this. It sounds amazing!)
  • Ryan
  • Rana
  • Juste
  • Jacob
  • Lindsay
  • Lin-Qing
  • Lorraine
  • Xander
  • Evelyn

Thursday evening food run

Leave SFI lower circle at 6:30?

Marla's car (3+ Marla)

  • 1. Marla
  • 2.
  • 3. Scott
  • 4. Abby

JP's car (5+ driver)

  • 1.
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 4.
  • 5.


Leave SFI lower circle at 6:00

Marla's car (3+ Marla)

  • 1. Marla
  • 2. Jacob
  • 3. Rana
  • 4. Abby

JP's car (5+ driver)

  • 1. Ryan (driving)
  • 2. Nicole
  • 3. Lindsay
  • 4. Lin-Qing
  • 5. Juste

Lorraine's rental - will leave from SFI and stop for supplies en route (including ice for cooler)

  • 1. Lorraine
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 4.

Spa Visit, Ten Thousand Waves (Santa Fe)

Anybody up for a visit to Ten Thousand Waves? It's up the hill past SFI. It's not as expensive as Ojo Caliente (about $25), but they only have one big pool instead of the multiple ones at OC.

No dates yet, they're open until 10:30 PM so we could go almost anytime. If you're interested suggest a date.

Sign up here

  • Ellen (pretty much any day)
  • Jacob
  • Ben, interested

July 1, First Friday Fractals in Albuquerque

I'd love to see the Fractal Foundation show in Albuquerque. (Sorry this coincides with Opera Day!)

If we leave SFI at 5 PM and drive to Albuquerque, we should be OK for the 7 PM show (and then we can grab some dinner afterwards in ABQ or SF).

JP's "I'm not a bro" GTI

  1. JP - has ticket
  2. Jelena - has ticket
  3. Moriah - has ticket
  4. Ruichen - has ticket
  5. Elise - has ticket


  1. Ellen - has ticket
  2. Scott - has ticket
  3. Usama - has ticket
  4. Jesus - has ticket
  5. Mario - has ticket

William's SUV

  1. William - has ticket

I will go too. You are welcome to signup or decide at the Institute (there seem to be plenty of tickets still).

  1. Chenling
  2. Anjali
  3. Marcus

July 2: Return to Meow Wolf

There is a lot to see and a lot to miss in the House of Eternal Return. Visiting a second time will allow people to find stuff they may have missed and will allow people who missed the first trip to see it. The exhibit opens at 10 AM, or we could go in the afternoon/evening if that works better for people.

Still needs a ride

  • Jacob
  • Rana
  • Ulya

Ellen: I will be around tomorrow and would be willing to drive people to Meow Wolf (text me at 703-585-0787). Scott also expressed interest in going but not at 10 AM.