New Orleans | Katrina

"Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond", an exhibit featured at the Louisiana State Museum at Jackson Square, gave me an insight into the occurrence of hurricanes and the details of what happened during Hurricane Katrina.  I walked through a history of hurricanes and some interactive exhibits explained the science behind the importance of wetlands and building for hurricanes.  I really enjoyed the images and stories presented throughout the exhibit.

"Combining eyewitness accounts, historical context, immersive environments and in-depth scientific exploration, "Katrina and Beyond" enables visitors to understand the 2005 storms, Katrina and Rita, and their impact on Louisiana, the Gulf Coast and the nation. It is a story of how a culture – the rich, varied world of New Orleans and coastal Louisiana – has learned to live with the fragility of its environment and how the storms of 2005 gave rise to a new vision for the region."  -New Orleans Online

It amazes me how wind and water could have so much force and create so much destruction.  Even as I watched footage of the hurricane, I could not begin to imagine experiencing such destruction.  I would definitely recommend this exhibit to those visiting New Orleans.

Taken with my Canon SD4100

how recent is recent?

Some of my most favorite conversations start like this...

you: So where have you been lately? me: Oh.. I haven't gone anywhere in a while. you: really? me: Well, I went (insert location here) a couple of weeks ago. you: That's pretty recent me: Oh yeah, I forget sometimes that for most people "a while ago" is measured in months or years. For me it's weeks. :)

With that said, I was in Lousiana a couple weeks back and am headed to Seattle in a couple of days. I couldn't be more happy. I'm off to see my cousins, one of which is prego, which is super exciting. I've been traveling every month in 2010, and it looks like I might take a traveling break in August...but who knows.

With that... I long to return to Thailand....

southern hospitality

While in Louisiana, Amy and Cherish took me out to New Orleans and showed me around to all the great sights. They took me to Cafe du Monde, and I had delicious beignets.  I had never had beignets before, but was delightful surprised with its texture and tasty goodness.  It reminded me of the chinese doughnuts I eat with my jook (chinese porrige).  There was not a french-looking person in sight.  In fact, most of the workers at Cafe du Monde looked asian or latin.  Oh well.

Travel Hello

In the past week, a good number of people have asked, "Just how much traveling have you done since you were unemployed?"  So for just my own personal memories... I thought I'd list out all my adventures since I was laid off.  Each trip is linked to one of my favorite posts about that location/trip. 2008 (19 days) - Oahu - Shanghai. Beijing

2009 (103 days) - San Diego. Disneyland - Australia: Port Campbell, Melbourne, Sydney, Philips Island. New Zealand: the south island - Las Vegas. Zion National Park, Utah - Disneyland - Los Angeles. Phoenix.  Albuquerque.  Santa Fe.  El Paso.  San Antonio.  Austin - New York. San Antonio. Corpus Christi - Las Vegas - New York - Washington, D.C.. Seattle - Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket, Kanchanaburi. Cambodia: Siem Reap, Tonle Sap. Thailand: Bangkok

2010 (49 days and counting) - Augusta, Georgia. San Antonio. Fort Collins, Colorado - Peru: Cuzco, Lake Titicaca, Amazon rain forest - Las Vegas - New York - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Port Au Prince, Haiti - Atlanta - Las Vegas - Las Vegas - Louisiana: Zachary, Baton Rouge, New Orleans

coming up.... - Seattle - Las Vegas? - Greece? - Shanghai? - Japan? - South Africa....

With that... here's a picture from Bobby Earle and his recent trip to Kruger

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