For our days off we went on a swamp tour, the French Quarter, and a bike tour of the 9th Ward. The swamp tour was a lot of fun. It was really cool to see the more rural side of New Orleans. You could be out in the middle of the woods, then 30 min later be right near the Superdome. We saw birds, snakes, house boats, and of course, alligators!
The French Quarter was also an amazing experience. So much of the culture is in the French Quarter, it’s amazing to hear all of the musicians along the streets. It was really fun to try authentic New Orleans food. Several of us even tried alligator! It tastes like chicken!
The most amazing, and probably life changing, experience, for me personally, was the tour of the 9th ward. I can’t describe it in words. Seeing the damage that’s still there, and all of the houses that had been rebuilt was amazing. The people were so nice too. they waved and said hello as we all passed by on our bikes. It was also great to meet Mr. Ronald Lewis, the owner of the House of Dance and Feathers Museum. He is such an inspiring person and I’m glad I got the chance to talk with him and see what he does. Overall this was an extremely amazing experience…best Monday of my life.
Written by Kristine Dutton