23 March 2010
nola in pola
Last week, Jared and I (along with a whole bunch of good friends) took a little trip down to New Orleans. I've never been there before, and wasn't really sure what to expect. I didn't really know a whole lot about the city before Katrina, except the usual: mardi gras, good jazz, cajun food, etc. I had a couple of friends who moved down there after Katrina to help with the recovery and I feel like I, along with most of the country, really saw the underbelly of that city once it was flooded out and its residents scattered across the U.S., so I was really curious to get a firsthand look at this place, almost five years later.
We were only there for three days, so I know there was a ton that we missed. I think if I ever were to go back (which I'd like to), I would definitely stay for at least a week. And get a bicycle. We stayed at a hostel in a pretty nice part of town, and got to experience a lot of the culture: good food, music, beautiful two-hundred year old houses. And then, a friend of mine who lives there drove us around and showed us some of the city that is still living amongst empty lots and condemned homes. It was a stark, stark contrast. Anyways, I have more photos coming from the lab this week, so I'll be sharing those for the next few days. Here are some of the polaroids I took.
PS: Speaking of polaroids, have you seen the news?! Thank you Impossible Project!!