Monday, June 23, 2008

We are here!

Hey everyone, Jeff here. Just wanted to let you know that we've all arrived in wonderful New Orleans. Aside from a brief mishap with our connecting flight in Washington D.C. (several of us did not receive seat assignments and had to wait until the plane was full before we could board) our trip was uneventful and easy. Thank goodness for iPods; some guy seated behind me was snoring louder than the plane's engines.

After we arrived at the hotel (which is really nice) and settled in, the entire group met for dinner at Acme Oyster which is an institution for New Orleans style cuisine. I won't go into the mouth-watering details but I will say that everyone had an incredible meal.

After dinner several of us took a stroll down historic Bourbon Street. For those of us who are visiting NOLA for the first time, it was definitely an eye-opening experience. Jon Hazilla continually exclaimed, "There's music EVERYWHERE!!". It's true; every other bar we passed had a live band...everything from blues to rock to zydeco to gospel to jazz.

I have to say that hanging out with this group of people was really special. It's a very powerful experience to be part of a team that shares the same passion for the cause that brought us here in the first place. Moreover, it was really, really cool to see both faculty and staff hanging out together and having a great time. I personally haven't experienced this very often in my 8 years at was a unique and dynamic environment that I would like to see happen more often.

That's all for now. I will have video clips posted tomorrow of the hotel and the work site. Until then, thanks for reading and make sure to visit back as we will be updating this blog daily!



Alana Riley said...

I am glad that you are having a good trip so far, Jeff! I can't wait to see the photos and videos you & the group take while you are there. It's a wonderful thing for you all to be taking part in such an incredible cause. Keep up the good work, everyone!


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