So here’s where the stories really begin.
I mentioned that Andrew and I were there for business. But of course, because this was on my bucket list of cities to visit, we had extended our trip so that we had two full days of exploring on hand, on top of the afternoons and evenings of our work days. So the first chance that we got, we grabbed an Uber across town to the Tree of Life.
Our Uber driver was amazing. The trip over took a while and we had a great chance to chat. She lived in a suburb just above the city, and she had moved there after losing literally everything because of Katrina. She laughed when asked if she saved anything, “Nah, my apartment was on the first floor and there was 14ft of water.” So her and her family started from scratch. She also told us how much the city had recovered, but also that it had a lot more to go – that they were about half way there. Our previous uber driver had shared her woes of the corruption in the city and the crime levels, but this woman seemed to be more focused on the resiliency of the people in it. She herself had a happy air about her, asking us what it was we were seeing at the location she was driving us to. She had never heard of this tree, but was excited to hear about it and discover a little more about her own city....
Rest of the post and travel photos on my site: