Monday, April 28, 2008

Day 2

On Monday, we woke up relatively early and enjoyed our first breakfast at Camp Hope. NOLA Habitat doesn't build on Mondays so we had the day largely to ourselves. The first item on the agenda was a trip to Andrew Jackson Elementary School on 8th Street in Chalmette. Of course, the directions Mr. Greene had Googled were for Andrew Jackson Elementary School in New Orleans. Similar hijinks followed and we got to the elementary school late. They still welcomed us with open arms, however, and let us read to kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders. They were so cute!
Then we headed into downtown New Orleans, the French Quarter to be exact. We grabbed a quick lunch featuring po' boys and catfish and then caught a steamboat tour of the Mississippi. We spent about two hours aboard the steamboat Natchez, learning about the river and the city.
Later we tooled around the French Quarter, visiting shops and buying souveniers. A couple of us got our fortunes read in Jackson Square. The fortuneteller predicted that some of our family members will be recieving cool gifts upon our return.
Tomorrow is the first build day. We'll be leaving for the site at 7 a.m.! Wish us luck.

No comments: