a coffee shop. a real coffee shop that isn’t called starbucks. already you’re in happy mode.
because you taste a grape. a real grape. no words can describe it, the only thing to do is hop in a plane or in a car to new orleans and buy yourself a basket of these grapes. because after one, you’ll never be able to go back to supermarket grapes.
a very sensitive topic came up. how does one visit the 9th ward ethically? driving up in a car and taking photos lacks respect. so you ask around and learn about the house of dance and feathers. a museum that started in the backyard of ronald w. lewis after the destruction of katrina. and here it is not dedicated to just katrina, but instead to the culture of the people that he loves so much. and not just that, but he is more than happy to talk and share all the stories he has in life. a place to definitely not miss in new orleans.
and you end your trip like that. you head back to houston. then austin. then dallas. then again to houston for your visa. and again to austin to see some friends. then of course dallas. and then… france!
next journal stop: paris. but oh no, not paris, france. paris, texas. you’ll understand soon enough.