We’ve been here for a few days now. What a trip! First the flights were delayed and then my crew was separated because of overbooked flights and then most of the bags were lost.
Kate didn’t get her luggage for two days and had to wear her sandals during the site inspection. It’s a good thing work hasn’t started yet or she would have had to stay at the hotel. She can’t work on a construction site in sandals.
The heat here is incredible — definitely not something you see much of in Toronto. I cannot believe how hot it is. And humid — it feels like we’re underwater! We have to be very careful and make sure everyone drinks enough water and covers up in the sun. It doesn’t take much to get heat exhaustion in these conditions.
We’ve been able to take some free time for ourselves so far and I’ve done a lot of walking around the city. Some of the shops in the French quarter are pretty interesting and I had a cup of coffee at Café Du Monde — the number one thing everyone back home told me to try.
A few of us went out to Bourbon Street last night. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a place that even compares to Bourbon Street. It doesn’t smell the greatest and I won’t get into why, but at least everyone knows how to have a good time. There were some great bands in some of the venues and restaurants there. The music and the food are worth the trip to New Orleans alone. As for the work site: Make It Right Nola has cleared the areas for the work to begin. We are expecting to do the piles and footings in the next couple of days. I plan on helping the local contractors with that while we are waiting to start the build.
The Ninth Ward is like nothing I have ever seen before. It’s hard to imagine that this disaster occurred almost three years ago — it looks like just yesterday. There was a boat sitting in the middle of one of the streets when I toured around the neighbourhoods. A boat! The devastated areas extend for miles in every direction. People are still suffering. They lost their homes, some even lost family members and pets. Many lost jobs, had to move away and start all over again. It’s hard to take in at times. I’m happy to be able to work with Make It Right 9. Something needs to be done here.