Today was a whirlwind of sights, new knowledge, emotion, and preparation. We began our day with a tour of the bayou in Frenier, and the students all got the chance to see the purity that lives in these bayous; the countless animals and the sincerity in the stories our tour told set us up for a day that would be memorable. From the bayou, we headed into the French Quarter. For me it was great to see some old sights and really feel like New Orleans is a place I know. For the students, the French Quarter seemed to be a place of bustling excitement, as well as a way to experience a different side of the culture here. After the Quarter, the groups headed into Musician’s Village, a housing development that Habitat for Humanity created for low income musicians. Following this, we went to see the levees, and the Lower 9th ward up close. Seeing how many people have returned in the past two years was amazing, but realizing that the many were still few made clear how much work is to still be done.
Tomorrow begins with orientation at St. Bernard Project, and the first day of working in the houses. The real work comes then, as does finally being able to let it all sink in.