Trip Start Mar 27, 2006
28Trip End Sep 12, 2006
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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
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.