“We dance even if there’s no radio. We drink at funerals. We talk too much and laugh too loud and live too large and, frankly, we’re suspicious of others who don’t.”
The longer I live in New Orleans the more I acclimate. I have taken to using my car horn in traffic, moaning that a ten minute drive to the West Bank is literally going to break the bank because it is so far, having ‘rain days’ (acclimate weather is a real thing down here!) layering up in my warmest clothing when the temperature drops (anything below 68 degrees F is parka weather), and bopping around to the sounds of amazing street music (or my roommate trying to perfect the ukulele). I even bought a sun hat…
With the onset of some beautiful weather and daylight savings, the days are longer! It is a great feeling to get home from work in the sunlight. We were lucky enough to have the chance to dog sit for a night and got to ride the Ferry to Algiers Point. It was definitely a beautiful view! The boat ride is only 10 minutes and costs $2.00 per ride, but for a quick exploration trip, it is worth it! There are some quaint eateries and bars across the river and a stellar view from the boat!
Another new and exciting feat can be summed up in two words and three and one half months… CRAWFISH SEASON! From early March through mid June these tiny lobster like crustaceans rule the food scene in New Orleans. Each week there are boils, parties, and delicacies galore. Due to the nature of the beast, and the fact that I am on a strict gluten free diet (and you never can tell down here) my awesome roommate proposed the idea of us having our own crawfish boil! That way we wouldn’t have to worry about any reactions from contamination or gluten. We feasted on a little over eight pounds of crawfish and it was delicious!
The carnage is real.
There were so many other organizations there, including Women With a Vision!
To wrap up, this past month has flown by in a whirlwind of flyer-ing, festivals, hard work, and volunteer opportunities. I am excited to continue to acclimate, explore, and make the most of the muggiest, hottest summer of my life.