Settling in Canal St, or The Big Chill at the GH

Trip Start Jul 04, 2007
Trip End Sep 04, 2007

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Hello loyal readers!

Last night I moved to a new place,
as my friend John is hosting a French girl this week and there wasn't
enough space at his house.

My new base is called India House (http://www.indiahousehoste
an extremely cool backpackers on Canal St, not too far from the French
Quarter - in which at the moment I'm not really interested in anyway as
a matter of fact... The place has got a very warm and homey feeling,
lots of friendly travellers, all mod cons and totally looks like the
guest houses in good-old Phnom Phen, Cambodia (the ones right on the
beautiful lakeside, for those who cares). Dedicated photo album on its

I'm told that this honourable establishment has been active
for 20 years, and survived the hurricane that brought havoc to New
Orleans in 2005. Talking to the chatty guy at the reception when I
checked in last night, I've found out all sort of interesting and
bizarre stories about this place. One example? Apparently, 8 members of
the staff decided to stay put when the levees broke and this part of
town was flooded under 7 feet of water, but most of them eventually
went crazy or at least extremely depressed, and some spiralled down a
dark avenue of hard drugs abuse before leaving for good....

cat here is Tandoori (I think), who's been hanging around for about 14
years, longer than anybody else apart from the hostel owners. He is
really calm and wise.

I will start working on my feature article with Common Ground Relief, a
local organisation that is helping rebuild and renovate some of the
most impoverished areas of New Orleans such as the 9th Ward, if you
like the details.

I'm meeting founder Sharon Johnson in the
morning, and she will show me around explaining what their work is
about and where they are at. Keep an eye on this space for updates, but
I'm afraid I won't be able to divulge too many info, as I am a
professional! (but expect thoughts, pics and impressions)

still don't know if anything good enough to find an interested editor
will come out of this, but I will give it a shot. I'll be working on it
mainly as a follow up of an article that was published on NEED magazine
last summer, but I might find some angle that can be exploited
otherwise back in Europe.

Ok, it's time for supper for Dani.

Stay Tuned
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