New Orleans - Charles
We are now in Pensacola, Florida, after spending a couple of days in New Orleans to soak in the local history there. Things are pretty slow right now at the moment, which is probably a good thing considering the fact that we're going to be extremely busy in the next two weeks running up and down the East Coast. That is to say that we're not currently working, however! We spent an amazing day yesterday immersing ourselves into the history of the Creole people, a unique way of life in American history that was created out of the blending of three very different unique ethnic influences: West European (French and Spanish), West African, and Native American. What is very interesting, to me at least, is the fact that people in Creole society did not straify themselves based on race or skin color. Though it was a factor in social status, it was by far not the most prominent or salient.
And with this fusion of different peoples comes a unique culture that is rich in art, culture, and cuisine. I am so in love with the food here it isn't funny. So far I had seafood gumbo, shrimp creole, cajun fried chicken, red bean rice with sausage, and rabbit jambalaya, po-boy, fried catfish, and beignets. I've never been happier gastronomically.