The long journey...

Trip Start Jun 18, 2008
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Trip End Jul 14, 2008


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Tulane University

Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hey everyone! We made it!! It was a long drive and made a little longer by frequent stops for food and bathrooms. It is amazing how long it takes for ten people to filter in and out of two mini vans every stop. On our way we also stopped in Cincinnati and got a tour of the Underground Railroad museum. Our tour guide was nice enough to stay after the museum closed and show us some of the highlights of the museum. As our tour finished up he told us that he had to get going or his wife would be upset because he would miss dinner and as we were walking out we ran into this woman who asked us if we had just gotten a tour from the man and that she was his wife reminding him that he was late for dinner! Rather ironic we thought...

So we have gotten settled into our dorm rooms at Tulane. We are staying in one of the dorms and the rooms are suite-style with two girls on each side. We are going to be switching roommates each week in order to get to know everyone better and experience different viewpoints. Today we are getting a tour of new orleans. On the drive in, we saw some of the wreckage and the bridge makes you feel like you are in the ocean (or a least just on top of it). We are still trying to get the lay of campus and see what we can buy with our temporary cards. We already discovered that we do not have access to the gym and we did not get as much money for meals each day as we thought but it is ok for me because I don't eat breakfast anyway.

A few downfalls, there are some large cockroaches outside of the girls rooms which makes us each a little paranoid. We made a run to Wal-Mart and everyone thought I was a little silly for purchasing three boxes of reduced fat cheez-its. Well its time to go but i will put up pictures from the drive later tonight after the tour!!


ok so ps i forgot to mention that I had my first taste of New Orleans food! We went to a tavern on St. Charles Ave (which is up in the Garden district where they did not get hit too hard by the hurricane). I shared a sampler platter of jumbalya, gumbo, and red beans and rice. The gumbo had a bit of a strange background taste but was full of shrimp and very good. It is more of a soup but has rice and seafood and a broth. The jumbalya was delicious even though we couldnt tell exactly what was in it but it is definately a rice dish with some meats and southern spices. The red beans and rice is pretty simple with white rice topped in red beans but it was also very yummy.
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