Had a brillo time in New Orleans and Austin, Texas. Am now in Mexico, along with half the population of the United States of America. Let’s play catch up with bullet points and photos!
- So. Much. Food. Seafood, beignets, all-you-can-eat-breakfast waffles, coffee, alcohol. Some of it consumed within close proximity of Sylvester Stallone who rips giant crabs to bits with his bare hands and sucks out the meat. And who drinks his bourbon neat. For a while I was worried about all the food I was eating. And then I just decided not to care and enjoy it. I can eat healthily when I am dead! Which may be sooner than anticipated at this greasy rate.
- The saddest For Lease sign I ever did see.
- Strands of beads from Mardi Gras tossed over street car lines and trees, glittering in the sun.
- New Orleans Pharmacy Museum – full of old pharmaceuticals, including voodoo potions and a jar of leeches.
- Moving exhibition on Katrina, including an inspiring video at the end interviewing the people of New Orleans who talk about why they love their city so much and that they’re not going anywhere. It made me think lots about Christchurch.
- Playing counsellor for an evening to a woman who was staying at the hotel after having just split up from her husband. I’m not sure what I could offer her except icy cold diet cokes, a sympathetic ear and unsolicited advice, so I just gave her those things.
And then I caught a plane to Austin, Texas on which I gave into my guilty pleasure and browsed the SkyMall catalogue conveniently left in the seat pocket in front of me. I shared the magic with my seat mates either side of me. Two new friends! Maybe we should get the women pins to celebrate:
But really… these. Just these.