You know, I've lived in self-absorbed places (Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle), but New Orleans is the only one that justifies that world view. I spent a week volunteering in the city at the end of January -- my first time visiting since I was a teenager. New Orleans is a magic place.
I shed my Seattle shell like a fleece jacket and connected with an extroverted version of myself I'd nearly forgotten. The pictures from my trip radiate tiredness and joy. Sure there are problems, but it's a city so what do you expect? That's part of life. I am indeed forever changed by my time in the Crescent City and yeah, I'll be back. Thank you, New Orleans.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Read this. I love Susanna's description: