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April 11th, 2013
From March 23-30 I traveled with a group called WIT Travel to New Orleans. Two other high schoolers and me planned the trip with the goal of promoting the idea of teenagers everywhere making volunteering part of their travels. Below is my blog from day 6, more will be posted over the course of the week.
Today I had the opportunity to use my mind in a lot of different ways. We started with a meeting with Mark Romig, the CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. He is so involved in the city and it was very interesting to talk with him about all that New Orleans has to offer. We discussed the idea of “finding your nola” and discovering what the city means to you. It’s New Orleans’ new marketing campaign, and I loved how much it aligned with our idea for this trip.
Next, we headed to the New Orleans Museum of Art to volunteer in the sculpture garden. Even though it was our second time weeding this week, it felt like a much different experience. At the sculpture garden, surrounded by irises and the soft sound of birds chirping, it felt very peaceful and even meditative. Again, I didn’t get the sense I was volunteering.
Because of our work, we got free admission to the museum. I love going to art museums, and I found my visit today at Noma to be among my favorites. I spent time trying to appreciate each piece I saw. This meant that I missed seeing all of the art- including, unfortunately, some works by Degas and Monet- but I was actually okay with that. The paintings I did get to see are imprinted into my mind, and I know I will remember them for a long time. One thing that I know will especially stick with me was seeing an Amadeo Modgliani portrait. It had been a long time goal of mine, and it was a really unexpected surprise.
After Noma, we explored the World War II Museum. It was a bit difficult for me to “switch gears” from art to war, but it forced me to think in a new way. I learned so much about different battles and technologies, and I know that when I return to school on Monday that knowledge is going to be immediately useful (we are currently studying World War II in school) Beyond that, it will help me understand more about the world and what has shaped it.
The night finished at Galatoire’s, a very nice restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter. A true friend treated us to the dinner, and we had a wonderful time dressing up and tasting all of the delicious, high quality food. It was definitely a memorable way to end a very enlightening day.
To learn more about our trip, visit facebook.com/WIT.Travel or follow WIT_Travel on Instagram and twitter.