Blues and seafood.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

New Orleans

The bus ride went relatively smooth. I met a nice girl from Switzerland in Miami at the bus station and talked to her for the first 10 hours. At this point she got off the bus and I slept for the rest of the ride. The bus ride was quite eventful though because i travelled on September the 11th. Police came onto bus 3 times, and two people got taken off for "questioning" and we never saw them again... One police officer checked my passport and asked whether I was from new Zealand. I said yes, he asked me whether I spoke English... I was tempted to say "I am one of the lucky ones in nz who do" but decided making fun of him probably wouldn't be the smartest thing to do. 

The hostel I stayed at was a really great one. Maybe my favorite so far. It's a very old building and has a hippy vibe to it. And some of the people staying here look like hippies which long gray hair who play the guitar all day. There is a big outdoor area with picnic benches where everyone hangs out at night and has a beer. And there's even a pool. I met Tamara and Henry and went into town with them. Getting there by streetcar, it started to poor down and within minutes we were walking around in water up to ours knees. We warmed up with a hot chocolate and beignets which are the same as oliebollen. The next day Tamara and I had breakfast at a pancake house which was a real American diner and they had pictures of president bush eating there. Together we polished off 7 plates of food. Toast, eggs, hashbrowns, pancakes, you name it. And only $12 each. 


 After breakfast we went to a seafood festival in a park and there was a live blues band playing so we found a tree and sat in the shade and listened to the blues. Going out here was great. There are several streets in the French quarter and everywhere there is live blues music playing. A group of us went and listened to various band at different pubs and the great thing is you can order a beer at a bar and then take it outside and go to the next bar. On the last night we went to a jam session where people can just go on stage and play the blues. 3 people from our hostel got up and played amazing blues and then later in the night it was someones birthday so they started handing out free ice cream cake to everyone. The night could not have gotten any better. Now I'm sitting in the sun by the pool writing this and waiting for my bus which leaves at 6pm and arrives 6am in Dallas Texas.

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Thelma van der Werff on

Fantastic to read your experiences and I can understand why you enjoyed New Orleans, it is quite an amazing city with all the music he? update in new zealand, pouring with rain!!!

jos on

why didn't you got up stage and played the saxophone?

will on

you should have played that song you have been working on " timmys destiny' would have been cool

Snoop Dogg on

Dude NIce!!! Did you end up getting the Swiss' girl's number? It's sick that they let you grab a beer from one bar then go to the next. like beer hoppin haha. Gud luck with your next destination :D

timtravels on

I was about to do just that but remembered I left it back in nz. Maybe next time.

timtravels on

Nah didn't get her number. Got her email address tho and apparently were going snowboarding when i go to Switzerland :P

timtravels on

You're right I should have, the crowd woulda loved it. Pretty sure there was a blues part in that song :D

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