Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Orleans

 Food
 Novelty
History 

  It was a great trip and I'm thrilled to have been able to go. It's so difficult to make some sort of sense of everything I saw. I spent days wandering, always having a "plan" for the day, but ending up in the French Quarter every day. I was like a sponge trying to soak it all in. 
  The food was amazing. Really. Every bit of french quarter food was incredible. Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp and grits, Shrimp alfredo and the best fried Chicken I ever had. Every little bar that had food, every tucked away place had deeply soulful food. The iced coffees everywhere I had them was so good for battling the humidity. 
  Novelty for me. Hey, I live in a very conservative place with very little diversity. It was expanding to see homeless people creatively begging, the many people from all over the world and this country, the sheer variety of people around me every day. The novelty of public transportation, mainly the street cars. I really didn't care that it took so long to get on, or that it wasn't swift.. it was part of the whole experience. Novelty in the art I saw. From picasso prints to street art- it was liberating and special. Walking around with my camera- taking pictures of everything that attracted me- from kids playing to the Bourbon st. 
  And History. The different influences on the city, the styles of buildings, the fact that Steve's store was "remodeled" inside the first apt building in the US that there are so many places that have been there since the early 1800's.  A pirate hangout, a haunted apt for rent, shutters with so many layers of paint on their hinges, it's a wonder they open. And places that celebrate the age, layers of paint showing through, or wall paper, or murals, and the resourcefulness of people who take the old, the damaged, the neglected and create something new and infinitely cool with it. My mind is abuzz.