New Orleans

Trip Start Mar 09, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Mississippi
Tuesday, March 20, 2007

After the longest Train journey we've ever had we Arrived in Sunny New Orleans, Happy to be back in a Warmer climate. Stayed in a bit of a run down hostel which used to be an orphanage, called 'St Vincents' had a nice pool but did have quite a few leaves in it, which I tried to hover out. The room was a bit scary it had a plug socket that was hanging down with all exposed wires, a ceiling fan that seemed to wobble rather too much and we had a couple of sightings of cockroaches. There was also a nappy hanging in the tree outside. I think someone had got the wrong idea at Mardi Gras which had happened a couple of days earlier (Most people throw Beads!?!)
Went on a gator tour on one of those wind boats from 'Gentle Ben' and saw loads of wild life and got to hold a baby gator called 'Brutus' Got dropped off at a computer shop on the south side of the Mississippi thinking we'd just get a cab back later. After a meal, we did a bit of shopping and decided to get a cab back to the hotel, only to be told that most cabs don't like coming south of the river. Fine we thought its early and only 3 miles back to the hotel, only to be warned "ye all can't walk, it aint safe!" We then found out there had been more than 20 murders out on the street this year already, and it was only three month's in to this year, so we started to worry. We waited outside the K-mart with the local Sheriff, who tried to get a cab for us for nearly two hours before finally saying he would drop us back to the North side of the river. I've Never been so thankful to be sat in the back of a police car.
Hired out a scooter from 'Mike's' the following day and rode over the bridge back to the computer store to buy a laptop, much to Mike's dismay that we had ventured on the freeway on a 50cc scooter. Also took the scooter up to Lake pontchartrain and saw the devestation still left by hurricane katrina, but it was good to see people are rebuilding and that there's an amazing spirit to the city. Strolled round the french quarter, watching street buskers and taking in the vibe of the big easy. We also took a cruise on the legendary Natchez steam boat, down the good ole Mississippi, our trip was accompanied by really spicy bloody Mary's, gumbo, all kinds of fishy delights and the best jazz in the world!
Loved our stay and extended after we found out the train we wanted to catch only left two times a week and we'd just missed one. Decided to get a plane up to Las Vegas, we wouldn't have time to see anything by train anyway, as by now we would have had to travel solidly to make it in time, for Katie and Andy's Wedding!!
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