May 24th 2019 - USC NOLA Maymester, Day 15
A day to catch up on work - writing blogs and essays. And then, in the evening, a ferry crossing across the river to Algiers, a sleepy little quarter where we walked the streets and admired the quirky houses. (William S. Burroughs lived here once; Kerouac describes visiting him here, in ‘On the Road’).
We strolled the Mississippi levee, and Alex took an unscheduled dip (it’s very slippy down by the water’s edge!), and Mark Anthony rescued her, heroically. It used to be a tradition, when first seeing the great river, to smear oneself in Mississippi mud - Alex and Mark Anthony have satisfied that ritual admirably.
We ate in a little bar in the Algiers dock and crossed the river back with the lights of New Orleans before us. Songs from “Mamma Mia” were performed in the nocturnal streets on the way back to our hotel. We’re in good heart, clearly.
We’re here in Louisiana for almost a month, reading novels set in New Orleans and the Cajun Bayou region. It promises to be a vibrant, eye-opening, soul-stirring journey.
Keep checking in here as we post pics and blogs describing our journey.