Exciting trip to informative Friendship Force International Conference in New Orleans with time to experience much of New Orleans as well. Jazz at Preservation Hall (don't miss it!) to riding the streetcars, eating beignets as well as po-boys, walking in the French Quarter, visiting the Civil War Museum and the Art Gallery of southwest art. Great city and it was warmer there, even though cool, than it now is in Toronto. Also saw Joseph Boyden at LANOAirport, he en route to Toronto unable to say why yet. Discovered on CBC the next day that his book, The Orenda, is featured on the Canada Reads comeptition this year. Good luck to the author.
p.s. as a non meat eater, did not eat 'gator meat!