beginning of sunset
Far side of playa samara
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My third decadence & it’s still as colorful as ever! (at Napoleon’s Itch)
I’m not usually drawing attention to my only tattoo, but today it feels appropriate. Today is the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. And while I didn’t live in New Orleans before the storm, I distinctly remember how it felt to watch helplessly on the news. Only 6 years after the storm, I decided to make New Orleans my home. I got this tattoo after only a year living here, to represent the bond this city and I will now have forever. Now I sit here, working while there’s a thunderstorm outside - as the sky itself mourns this terrible day and all of the lives it took. I remember all the disapproving things people told me when I happily announced my decision to move here. Thank god I ignored all of them. This city gave me more hope and joy than anyplace I had ever been before. While the scars of the storm still can be felt and seen around the city, it is the regrowth and human spirit and hopefulness that stays with you. New Orleans and I are both fixer uppers. We both have a long way to go to be successful, but I know we can get there in time. The best decision I ever made was to move here and become a small part of the regrowth. People can talk about how bad they feel or how sympathetic they are, but few would ever put themselves in the middle of the situation. The heroes who came back months later are those kind of special people. Everyone in this city shows bravery and strength. That is my New Orleans- now and forever.
Beautiful day for a saints game! Who dat?! (at Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
Met a dragon from Asheville, N.C. at the midsummer Mardi Gras  (at Palmer Park)
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far away shores
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“Deep in the heart of August now. Funny how another summer is coming to an end. Also funny how at this time last year, I was preparing to go to Australia for a week on spring vacation. Strange how living on the bottom half of the world for a while really can turn your world upside-down. Naturally, I am so far far behind on posting. But life got in the way. Slowly but surely I’ll make my way through all the pictures, while posting the most up-to-date ones concurrently through my instagram, which you are all also welcome to follow me at: lptadventuress. Hope you have had some blessed summer adventures that leave you with fond memories, I know I have :) Keep your friends close, and your passports closer.”
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luna
Playa Samara
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my motley travel companions
Playa Samara
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