Hey there, guys!
It’s a wrap for NOLA ’13 — I learned so many cool things (and met some pretty cool people) at the National College Media Conference and had such a good time getting to know the beauty that is New Orleans, Louisiana.
Before I went out and enjoyed my last night in The Big Easy, it was imperative that I got some work done. I ducked away in a Starbucks to cross a few items off of my to-do list when a group of gentlemen sat down next to me and started talking to me — turns out they were exchange students from Brazil! We got to talking and one thing led to the next and they asked me if I had a good dinner suggestion…remember Attiki? It was so good that I told them I gave it my best recommendation. I hope they liked it! It was uncharacteristically chilly that night so I headed back to the hotel to wrap up a bit…
I grabbed [what I thought] would be my last cup of PJ’s Coffee and with a soy latte, I set out for adventure! There was a Halloween parade that the whole city came out in their craziest costumes. I found a quieter spot to get lost and made my way around the city to stumble upon these two views before calling it a night:
The morning broke far too soon and after a breakfast of oats and honeydew, our group made our way to the airport to be greeted by the longest security line I have ever been in. All of the rushing through was for nothing, however, as the original plane that was to take us to St. Louis had a leak, therefore we had to wait for a new plane to arrive for us. We ended up going through an ordeal of switching gates and boarding a different plane, so I had some time for coffee during the nearly one hour delay.
It was airport coffee, so I will take what I can get. Plus, coffee is coffee. And if I know one thing with certainty, I know any situation is manageable with a soy latte and a “Sherlock Holmes” book (I am reading “The Sign of the Four” and loving it!) After making it to St. Louis after two or so hours, I was famished and ready to eat, especially after our delay.
Here’s the deal: I love St. Louis. I love being from St. Louis. I consider St. Louis to be a vegan-friendly place…with the exception of the Southwest Airlines terminal at Lambert Airport.
Your options are: Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s and Starbucks. All I wanted was something green, but this is how the flight ended for me:
Airport food leaves some to be desired but when I’m hungry, I’m hungry and I will gladly have oatmeal to hold me over. We had a five hour layover between St. Louis and Kirksville, so I had plenty of time to knock out some Statistics homework and read my book (with coffee in tow, of course).
We had a smooth flight back to Kirksville (I had to sit in the co-pilot’s seat, which was so neat!) and I drove as quickly as I could to Subway to FINALLY get something of the veggie variety. After a few hours of laundry, work and some quality time with one of my closest friends, it was time to hit it. NOLA is gorgeous and I am already craving another adventure, but nothing beats sleeping in my own bed, making my own coffee and having things in their place in my cute little apartment.
Speaking of coffee,
I am enjoying a slice of The Big Easy as I sip my cafe latte in my new mug:
So where does this week bring me? Well, first of all, it’s the closing of yet another month which means I have been a vegan for two and a half months! I think I’ll celebrate the milestone and the colder weather by breaking out the Le Creuset and making a pot of vegan chili with poblano peppers — delicious! And perhaps spending some time reflecting on the fun I had last week to get me through this busy part of the semester.