Extending our time in NOLA

Hello from NOLA! Well, last night was supposed to be our last night here but that all changed when we raided Craigslist for jobs this morning in a coffee shop. As you can tell from our last post, we were quite successful and are glad to be spending some extra time and bringing in some extra bucks here in the Big Easy. Our stay here has already been quite entertaining to say the least. We rolled in late Saturday evening and stayed in a really nice hostel called “India House”, where we met several new friends, including two great English blokes – Ben and Russel. We had a great time going out with them that evening and ended up running into them again a few nights later. One of their highlights was when Elly gave them their first tastes of Macaroni and Cheese. How classy we are! The first night we decided we wanted to hear some live music, but we couldn’t resist picking up a drink along Bourbon St first. So we stopped in a bar called “Huge Ass Beers to Go” and I think you can all guess what we ordered. From there we headed to our favorite street in New Orleans – Frenchmen St – where you can find great live sets almost every night, as well as a more local crowd. On Sunday we headed out to the Bayou Segnette Campground, which is about 20 minutes away from the downtown party. This campground was our least favorite along the trip for reasons other than our tent getting into the low 100’s at 9am in the morning. Their maps were terrible, they wouldn’t let us into the pool even though we were told it was part of what we paid for, and some of their workers were extremely creepy and rude. Two nights here was more than enough needless to say. Over the next couple days, we had a chance to really soak in the city and what it was all about. First we just walked around the French Quarter checking out what all the musicians and artists had to offer. Then we went through the Voodoo museum, and learned about its roots and common misconceptions. On Tuesday, we had the chance to view the amazing WWII museum. Kenny learned all about Normandy and definitely was thinking of his Pop-Pop the whole time, while Elly learned more about our battles in the Pacific and life on the Homefront. We both sat down later and filled each other in the best we could. Unfortunately, we got kicked out early as McCain was coming for a fundraiser. We were informed that in order to keep learning about WWII, we had to pay $1,000 for a lunch plate. Solely because of rising gas prices, we opted for cheese and pickle sandwiches out of the back of our car instead. While trying to hang out and give McCain a flyer for our blog, two cops rudely told us that we had to move at least a block away. We’re not exactly sure what we did, but Kenny’s John Lennon T-shirt and Elly’s makeshift “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries” sign might have pushed them the wrong way. We also thought that Obama might have drawn in a larger crowd than the 7 people waiting out front to catch a glimpse of McCain. Other things that have kept us busy were another Ghost Tour, beignets (pronounced “ban yea”) at Café du Monde, and the Red Wings game. Kenny even had to flash a little skin for some Red Wings beads! Overall, what we love about this city – and the reason we prolonged our stay here – are the people. They are all so friendly no matter who you are or what you look like. Elly had a great conversation with Hobo Jim who offered her Crayfish, which she had never tried before. Others were simply thankful for us visiting and spending our money here, which they claim is the sole reason this city has recovered as quickly as it has. We look forward to spending another weekend in New Orleans and will update you all on our jobs. As always, your thoughts and comments are appreciated and never fail to put a smile on our faces.

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    Emily Camm said,

    hey! my brother just moved to NOLA and I’m glad to hear you have such a great impression of the place, sometimes i’m nervous for him.
    I found your blog and now I check in on occasion to see how you guys are doing. I wish I lived in a more exciting place than Athens, OH (even if it is beauitful and filled with interesting people) to entice you to visit!
    Be well and stay safe….i think I might live a bit vicariously through you two this summer 😉

    take care,

    Emily


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