Monday, March 2, 2009

Just Getting Started

Hey everyone! It's Kelly.

Wow so I can't believe we only left on Sunday. We have been on our feet almost the whole time and by mealtime I'm starving and by nighttime I'm exhausted but it has all been worth it. New Orleans was AMAZING! I never really knew much about the city but it's a beautiful place. Walking around it seems almost like a small Eurpean town. With a lot of great culture and unique shops. Just taking a walk around I was overwhelmed by the sites, smells, and sounds. With jazz and cajun music coming out of open shops and cafes. The smells of all the Cajun food and the incredible architecture surrounding us. With only two days there we left with some pretty interesting stories.

Just of the couple of things that surprised me...
- The insanity that is Bourbon St. even on a Sunday night in chilly weather people were still out partying, even if it was only five p.m.
-The massive amounts of shops, bars, and restaurants it's not hard to find something to do.
-Also just how incredibly beautiful the city is.
-Yet the most unsettling was the difference between the nice areas in New Orleans and the devistation that is still in parts of the 9th ward. The constrast between the rebuilt homes and the homes next door that are still demolished from the effects of Katrina is so shocking.

Now we are at our home for the rest of the week, Camp Victor in Biloxi, Mississippi. We just got through with our orientation and have the rest of the night to hang out and get to know each other before heading off tomorrow to get started on our work for Habitat for Humanity! Wish us luck!


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