We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction. Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed. — Lamentations 3:47-48
Our first week in New Orleans was spent getting used to the city and learning about what is possibly the most important part of the city’s history: Hurricane Katrina. Part of our orientation was watching a 4 part documentary by Spike Lee called When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. It’s long but I learned so much and I highly recommend that everyone watch it. Below is a 15 minute clip about how the levees failed and some of the people who were trapped in their homes (*please watch it*). There is some profane language in the clip, for understandable reasons. The video includes a picture of the Circle Food Store, and a couple of days after watching the documentary, my housemates and I drove past the store. It was so strange to see that store, or see spray painted walls on houses that were searched for dead bodies. Watching a documentary or hearing about the hurricane on the news does not necessarily make the events feel real, but seeing the real-life remnants of Katrina is very different and hard to describe in words. We also visited a museum in the French Quarter about Katrina, and we visited one of the levees that broke. It was about a 5 minute drive from our house. It’s been ten years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans but it will always be a huge part of the culture here.
On the happier side of our orientation week, we went on a walking tour of the French Quarter, and went on a scavenger hunt around the city to get to know our way around and learn more about things to do around New Orleans. Below are a few pictures of our adventures.