Trip Start Mar 27, 2006
Trip End Sep 12, 2006

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Random Hurricane Katrina fact: 350,000 cars were abandoned during the storm and are still where the owners left them. The company that won the tender to remove them went bust or something and so now they're still sitting there.

Another Random Hurricane fact: Before the storm there were about 475,000 people living in the city of New Orleans. Now there's about 100-150 thousand. And about fifty thousand of those are FEMA workers. I never did find out what FEMA stood for, it's Federal Emergency something-or-rather. But all things considered the feelings towards FEMA are summed up in the t-shirts for sale in the French Quarter: "FEMA's evacuation plan: Run Bitch Run!" (My other favourite was the New Orleans Police Department t-shirt that said NOPD: Not Our Problem Dude. That and the one that said "I stayed in New Orleans for Hurricane Katerina and all I got was this lousy t-shirt, a new cadillac and a plasma screen television")

New Orleans was great and horrifying all in one hit. The French Quarter was great fun (as was the ghost tour I went on), and the Garden District was gorgeous (it suffered some damage during The Storm as the locals call it, but bar the streetcar it's all back to relatively normal). I also went out to the swamp for a boat cruise which was fun (and educational: alligators like marshmallows) and on a city tour which was basically a drive around the east side of New Orleans and parts of the Ninth Ward - most of the ninth ward is still closed off as they are still finding bodies in the wreckage. And for all those who are interested, I've seen Fats Domino's house. Yeah!

In summation: Nawlins was great. The only downer was that the hostel I stayed at was empty so there was noone to really hang out with apart from the people living there until their houses get rebuilt. They're desparate for tourists.

Random Katrina Story: Warren, who books tours for people on Decateur Street in the French Quarter, returned from Detroit to discover that his landlady had rented his house out - with his furniture still inside - to a bunch of Mexican builders. He's now suing her for a million dollars. Don't ask me why, but I love that story in a so-that's-how-it-is kind of way.

PS - I see Richmond is on the verge of making a comeback. Look out September.
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aussiegirl83 on

sounds pretty cool briony
good to hear you are no where near Egypt then! those t-shirts sound pretty funny! do you think you can fit a plasma screen in your bag for me? Rach and i thought we had better check where you were at to make sure you hadnt been in Egypt yet with all the bombs and stuff.
stay safe and keep up the posts - its all good :0)
Oh and i think you should do like a location guide for all the public loos along your travels - could be very handy for people especially in Mexico maybe lol :0) hope your recovering ok.

theb on

Re: sounds pretty cool briony
Nah I'm not in Egypt until September - all is well in B-ville apart from a deep-rooted fear of New York cab drivers.

And I think the loo map is a winner. I'll work on it!

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