A different view on a familiar place.

Trip Start Apr 12, 2009
Trip End May 01, 2009

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Where I stayed
Olivier Manor

Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The great thing about travel is you can go to the same place several times and get something different out of it each time. My second visit to La Fayette to stay with my good friend Jerie was just as enriching as the first, if not more so.

It's quite intriguing that people of certain areas tend to adopt such similar views on so many things. It's been a delight for me to get to learn about and witness what makes the people of southern Louisiana who they are. Their reputation preceeds them in terms of rich culture and unique tradition, but some of the possibly lesser known things are the most honorable.

The close knit relationships in these communities are something to marvel at. It's apparent when talking to someone from the area that family values and friendship are a large part of their collective persona, but witnessing it just fills the heart with pride to be a part of a species that has the capacity for such love. La Fayette has weekly events that are, if nothing else, just an excuse to get together and have a great time with good friends and family. The music is good, there's an abundance of spirits, and everybody is just happy to be there and alive at that moment, and it happens weekly.

It was inspiring for me to attend one of these weekly mass rendevous with Jerie on this trip. The first thing to notice is that everybody knows everybody else, literally. There wasn't a minute that people weren't embracing and saying how good it was to see each other, when in reality it probably hadn't been but a few days since they last met. It was really important for these people to be around each other though. To see them dancing to the good music around the pavilion caused nothing less than a smile of the heart.

The conversation with my dear friend and host was also something to be cherished. It's always a pleasure. I had a great time and always look forward to the next time I find myself in the area. It was a great way to ease my mind and body before I took on my huge venture to the next location.

Hopefully Zorro and Macho the guards of the manor will like me just a little more next time!
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