Everything seems so attainable when you’re planning an adventure of a lifetime. You look at your options, you make goals and you set your budget. But when these things become a reality rather than a 2 dimensional image in your head or on the computer; there seems to be a lot less time and/or motivation in your life.
I don’t know if this relates to you but personally, I often become grossly motivated about things in my life, all passion in… it starts out fantastic! But then I’m easily distracted or I feel that if I can’t offer what was first offered, I can no longer continue what I’ve begun (It has to be the same or better!!).
SO, as it stands, this has happened with the blog over the last few weeks I’ve found it hard to sit a sift through copious amounts of images, places spaces, times, dates. Even though Hayden and I are working on this blog together it seems we have both been pre-occupied with exploring, relaxing and recharging. The original goal of writing a blog post everyday NEVER happened and the second goal of writing one at each destination travelled withered up after Texas. Believe it or not travelling can really take it out of you! But the thing that brings me cowering back to share some more of our adventures is the fact that I actually enjoy it. But an even greater motivation is the fact that we’ve had friends and family tell us that they can’t wait to read about the rest of our adventures! This is extremely encouraging.
SO after that massive rant… I know there are no excuses and we are grateful for those of you who have supported and encouraged us on our journey and we hope you will continue to be there as we get ready to begin the second part to the adventure (which is moving overseas to London if you’ve missed it!), so thank you.
Enough babble from me just a quick catch up on some of the amazing places we have journeyed. After Texas we headed to the state of Louisiana driving in to Baton Rouge to check out a music store. Hayden took his basses in to the shop and showed off his handy work (he made both his basses from scratch) and then we ended up buying Hayden an Aguilar SL112 Bass Cab. Turned out to be a fantastic price and was one of the lower sales taxes. This is an incredible piece of equipment weighing only 11 Kg it has a great sound and we’re really happy we got it as Hayden has been hanging out to get it for a while and we sold his old gear before we left. Anyway after that we continued our way to New Orleans and found our accommodation which was a bed and breakfast Creole Gardens it may not look like anything flash but it is an amazing little place with so much character, love, colour and really it holds the essence of New Orleans! It’s also in a fantastic location, as it is within walking distance to the French Quarter but if walking is not your thing the streetcar is just one street over. And one more thing… The breakfasts are amazing! fresh flowers on the table everyday, a variety of fruits, yoghurt, bagels, cakes, bread, juice, coffee and a hot breakfast is also provided. The ladies that run the kitchen are also warm, friendly and hilarious! Anyway after lugging all our cargo up the stairs to our cute little room, we headed out to have a peek at the New Orleans night life in the French Quarter. After a bit of a walk around we had a late dinner at Jimmy’s Cafe and started to walk back to Creole Gardens, it took about a 20 minutes.
That was the general gist of our time in New Orleans we spent a lot of time listening to music, eating food, looking at art galleries and walking around exploring! It felt like every nook and cranny was filled with life, music and celebration.
There is also the harsh reality of homeless people and it is still pretty visible the damage that happened from Hurricane Katrina. I still struggle to know how I want to deal when I’m confronted with these situations but that’s for another time!
In NOLA we tried our first taste of buffalo wings, listened to an amazing musicians, we went on steam boat ride on the Mississippi which included a live jazz band and authentic NOLA food, We ate incredible pizza, Frozen Yogurt, visited Edgar Degas’ house, spent a lot of time on Frenchmen St (just outside the French Quarter), met personality on top of personality, ate beignets, hung out at amazing record stores and I shaved my head ( this post is already getting long so i’ll show this in another post!). SO that in a nutshell was our experience in NOLA (New Orleans Louisiana)!
Thanks for reading
Rhi and Hayden Xx