I’ll say this about Albuquerque, they sure love their Breaking Bad. Also, their meth, apparently, but mostly, their Breaking Bad, one of the many TV shows and movies that have been shot in the New Mexico city over the past few years — largely due to drool-worthy tax incentives and scenic locations — but the only one that we, myself and photographer Nadia Chaudhury, were willing to travel across the country for. After all, Girls already films in my city.
Breaking Bad aside, I’ve been wanting to visit Albuquerque for years, but never bothered reclining up from my blogger chair until last week, when we flew from New York to the Land of Heisenberg. We saw as many notable as-seen-on-Breaking-Bad locales as possible, and yes, we were obviously even lucky enough to have an encounter with Bryan Cranston, a.k.a. a guy with the initials “W.W.” who isn’t named Walt Whitman.
Come join us, won’t you, on a journey through time, space, Albuquerque, and photos of bathrooms.
Location: 9516 Snow Heights Circle NE
I hope Bogdan’s doing well. Anyway, this is the totally legitimate car wash that Skyler and Walt own, for perfectly noble and car wash-y reasons. Octopus Car Washes are everywhere — they’re like the McDonalds of the automobile cleanliness world — but they’re not a laser tag facility, and thus, like Saul, I am very disappointed.
Location: 4915 Cumbre del Sur Ct
Hank and Marie’s house, which is goddamn gorgeous. It’s in the rich people, far-away Albuquerque hills, with nary a trace of purple. That’s somehow even more of a let down than the car wash/laser tag thing.