New Orleans 2 days

Trip Start Jun 11, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Well we finally got to New Orleans about 10pm Sat night!! got chatting to some nice folk on the last leg, Karen (thanks for the tip about cafe du monde) and Travis (technoguy, I sent him loads of ring tones) who really was nice and we got along great. Instead of trying to work out the buses we just got a cab to the hostel (We're really not doing very well with the budget!).  The hostel is great very bohemian feel to it (India House Hostel).  We got a twin private room (will work Rob upto the dorms).  This is the first hostel I've stayed in that has a pool!! It's clean. 

Yesterday we have brekkie (Burger King! - I dispair) then got the tram to the French Quarter.  This was good as the tram stop is just outside the hostel.  The Fr Qtr is nice not a lot of signs of the devistation that they've had,  folk are a lot nicer & friendlier that in Houston.  The shops and bars are all a lot closer than in Houston too.  I felt relaxed immediately but Rob seemed to take a bit longer to get into it.  We walked through the French market which was interesting, there was a guy there who was making some really funky jewellry & pictures in reallt bright gordy colours & foils.  I was tempted, but resisted.. 

We sat on the harbour walkway for a while and just watched the world pass by, it was hot but not as hot as Houston!  As we came away Rob was stopped by a bloke called "fast freddie" he bet Rob he could tell him where he "got" his trainers.....  haha!  after a lot of fast talking and trying to clean his trainers Fast Freddie say "I know where you got your shoes, you got them on your feet!"  Rob had to give him $12.  I laughed so hard and Rob was unimpressed!  ("mo fo" - Rob)

We had coffee and bignots (a fab fresh donought type thing covered in icing sugar) FAB! at cafe du monde.  Recommend it.

On the way back we looked in some camera shops.. not very impressed they're still expensive, but then everything is on the expensive side here, the city is still trying to re-build itself, I suspect it not as laid back as it used to be.

We got back to the hostel, had a swim, then went looking for the supermarket... got lost but found a great bar instead! Bonus. 

Derek (the bar-tender) was telling us about what it's really been like to go through the re-building.  It's certainly not been easy and you  can see more signs of the devistation the further from the city centre you travel.  Lots of folk can't even aford to return to their old homes and try so instead have started new lives elsewhere... sad.

We finally found the supermarket (directions from Derek) and bought pizza & salad to have back at the hostel.  Got chatting over dinner to a Swedish couple Sophie & Richard, they're travelling accross USA in a car for a month.  Really nice couple, we enjoyed their company.

It's now Monday, and it's throwing it down! thunder is very loud and right above us...  We will ahve to venture out at some point as we need to get to the greyhound and get our tickets for tomorrow!!!   Next stop Atlanta......              

We braved the rain and headed into town, found a place that gave me a good deal on the camera I want so we're going back there tomorrow to purchase it (so photos should follow soon!)  we walked!! an hour to the post office and the greyhound station.  We gonna get the greyhound tomorrow at 9pm so travel overnight to Atlanta (12 hours) on the bus (fun!) we then felt that after the long walk we deserved a drink and found a great Irish Bar (I know!) but the company was fab, the bar-maid went to Uni at Huddersfield, so we compaired notes.. and this guy, Tim makes jewellery (we seem to meet people who make jewellery!) he was really nice he showed us some of his work on his laptop.  Then blew us away by giving me a bronze pin he'd made, we tried to pay him for it,  but he wouldn't take it... so if you want to check out his stuff see "".  It's really nice stuff.  I don't know if it will do you any favours to mention us if you do get anything from him ? mmmm maybe not! he he.

We're going out for dinner tonight with Sophie & Richard, it's Sophies birthday... Happy birthday Sophie!
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