MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: OCTOBER 31—NOVEMBER 6, 2016!

Halloween in New Orleans! Visiting New Orleans for a week at a museum technology conference where I presented at the end. Trying all kinds of food, seeing as much of the city as possible during the conference, and crashing back in Los Angeles.

Enjoy!

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Good morning from the airplane! Playing my favorite airplane game on an early flight to New Orleans for a work conference.

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Made it to the hotel!

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Zach came with me to do his own thing when I’m at the conference—who doesn’t want to experience New Orleans?

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It’s WARM outside, humid and sticky and hot.

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The conference starts tomorrow, so we spend Monday (Halloween) exploring, enjoying happy hour, etc.

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We stayed at the Ace Hotel New Orleans, which was about a 10 minute walk from the French Quarter

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Felix’s! Blackened gator bites…SO delicious

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Mmmm

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Try this place! It’s not swanky, but it’s delicious.

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Hot sauce and trinkets shop

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Beautiful wandering around at night

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Cafe au Lait and beignets from Cafe du Monde

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There was powdered sugar all over the seats, table, our arms, clothes, etc.

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Explosion

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As we were finishing up the treats, a parade passed by!

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Tristan (totally sober by the way) hungry for beads

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Hell?

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We changed into our costumes and got ready to go out again to Bourbon Street to check out the scene

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Luigi confronting his mortality

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Nailed it

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Luigi got a lot of love that night, lots of green beads tossed to him

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We went to THE DUNGEON. No photos allowed inside, but it’s…well…dungeon themed.

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Festive

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Ozzy cover band

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And a night cap pizza with Carrie and Elvis

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Morning! First day of the conference. Ace Hotel has a Stumptown attached

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This little trolley passed by our hotel and stopped near the conference hotel

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So cute!

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Tuesday of the conference was for site visits, field trips and workshops. Tristan and I signed up to visit the Whitney Plantation

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Whitney Plantation has been around for over 260 years, and it reopened in 2014 as the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on the enslaved people who lived and worked there.

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Part memorial, part historical site…the Whitney Plantation offers guided tours that give insight into the economy of the area, the history of the land, and most importantly the lives of those enslaved here.

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Slave quarters, for multiple families to live in.

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Sugar harvesting was dangerous and grueling in every step of the process

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The Big House

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Underground storage for faux-refrigeration

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Learning about the lives of the “house slaves”

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View overlooking the plantation from the big House. It was such a humbling experience. it’s a bit of a trek from New Orleans (about an hour) and you’ll need a car, but worth visiting a site that candidly talks about the horrific history of our near past.

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Zach still editing when I get back to the hotel. I head back out for some conference events

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I forgot my wallet so had to meet Zach behind the hotel where there was a film set haha

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First big conference event, the Ignite Talks!

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Went for dinner with some colleagues from other art institutions 🙂

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Pork and fried oyster steamed buns omg (SHARED with Tristan but still couldn’t finish)

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Breakfast at Majoria’s Commerce!

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Love the diner vibes

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Shared a massive breakfast with Zach

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So friendly there!

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Walked to the National WWII Museum

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At the beginning of the museum you get assigned a soldier whose story you follow throughout the years of the war. Just happened to be paired with a Japanese-American man who actually was in the same JA-only battalion as my Grandfather!

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Immersive environments as you moved through the fronts. Heard from some the museum was too pro-war/glorifying war. I didn’t have time to spend as much time as I’d liked, I had to run back for more conference stuff.

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Reception at the aquarium! and OMG OMG do gators all stand like this under the water?!?!? Is this a thing?!?! When you see their faces above water are they all standing……..

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Chubby owl

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Sharks!

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Dinner at a yummy Mediterranean place after

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Then went to check out Carousel Bar, the bar rotates in the center of the room

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Blurry because we’re in motion!

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Morning!

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Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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CHARCOAL

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Photograph of Sally Mann making a photograph

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🙂

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Walking back from the museum to the conference

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Rooftop pool at the Ace (where we stayed)

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Hi!

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Tristan enjoying the pool (it was seriously hot enough to swim, even at night)

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Oysters and escargot!!!!

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Seafood stew, dinner at Pelican Club

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The least fancy person here

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Our presentation day! Working on some last minute slide updates

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After the presentation!!!!! *FINALLY DONE*

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Celebratory happy hour

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Back to this cute little courtyard for dinner with some more museum people at Green Goddess

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We took a pretty bad walking history/ghost tour…maybe it would have been better if the guide was a better public speaker/storyteller.

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Huge pizza for dinner

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Checking out Frenchman Street

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Saturday—the conference came and went and I was stressed out the whole time aha

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We pack up and leave our bags at the hotel before venturing out to do a few last New Orleans things

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In line for Willie Mae’s fried chicken

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SO. FRICKIN. GOOD.

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Chicken as big as my head

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And when we left the line was sooooo long

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New Orleans Cemetery #1

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Beautiful

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So close to Waldorf

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Beautiful building across the street

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Beads on phone lines

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Made it the airport

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Layover in Salt Lake City

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Hm

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Flying over Salt Lake City

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Back to Los Angeles

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In the morning my parents came over to drop the dogs back off

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Home sweet pup

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My dad helps fix the dryer. Thought it was normal that the dryer took about 3 or 4 cycles to totally dry clothes…but apparently it was not installed properly

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While my dad makes a mess, my mom helps me with a puzzle

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I was such a stressball the week of the conference, and my introvert self really needed to do something alone in quiet….so it was puzzle time

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Ending the week seeing Doctor Strange!

Much love friends!

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

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