November 21st, 2017

Day 4: Jake’s Take

As a student leader on this trip, I take pride in seeing how great everyone in our group is bonding with one another. Today was a little rough for me, I only had time for one cup of coffee this morning (compared to my usual four cups). Our work day consisted of mudding, sanding, and patching walls in Robert’s house. During our lunch break, we drove out to Lake Pontchartrain and all shared in Donut’s fried chicken. After the work day was over, we met with Bucknell alum Brianna Cunningham and shared in a traditional Cajun dinner. It was amazing! […]

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November 21st, 2017

Day 4: Esmely’s Take

Today we woke up to our first regular day. In the morning we had amazing pancakes that Walt made for us. We then went to our worksite to continue working on the home. We began with a stretch and confession icebreaker and we got to know each other very well. Mike is quite the story teller, he should quit his job at the CAP center and sell his stories to Comedy Central. Afterwards we went to Lake Pontchartrain and got to take in all the beauty of the Louisiana water. It’s very apparent the reconstructive and beautification efforts that went […]

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November 21st, 2017

Day 3: Ziwei’s Take

It’s so exciting to start the first day of work and believe it or not, so many things happened today that was, according to a Chinese saying, 意料之外,情理之中 (unexpected but not surprising). #1 On the downhill side of the bridge, we witnessed a car accident right in front of us. The car in the front stopped as the red light slowed the traffic, but the car in the back didn’t stop in time and hit the front car hard. Some of us were criticizing the design of the traffic light right after the downhill side of a bridge. Later in […]

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November 20th, 2017

Day 3: Dalton’s Take

Our day got off to an early, yet great start with some delicious croissants courtesy of Walt at Camp Hope. Today was our first day of volunteering with Saint Bernard Project (SBP)! We started off with a brief introduction to the history and goals of SBP, which include disaster-preparedness advocacy in addition to rebuilding efforts. Then we finally made it to our build site! We dove right into hanging drywall and sanding in preparation for painting. Later we applied mud to some areas of drywall. At one point, one of the owners of the home stopped by to say hello. […]

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November 20th, 2017

Day 2: Leslie’s Take (A Bit Late!)

Our day began with a visit to the St. Louis cemetery where we witnessed many things from Marie Laveau and Homer Plessy’s tomb. I found this cemetery super interesting because it ranged from a majority of historical figures to celebrities like Nicolas Cage who poorly invested in a tomb there. From there we broke off into exploring the rest of New Orleans in the French Quarter. I enjoyed my first ever po-boy at The Grill NOLA at then headed to Cafe du Monde and tried my first ever beignet. The evening was perhaps my favorite part of the day. We […]

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November 20th, 2017

Day 2: Donut’s Take (A Bit Late)

“Who dat?” “yeah you right!” We were a little concerned about traffic in the city for today’s trip because today is the game day for Saints, and the expressions above are an official slogan and an appropriate response of the Saints. We headed to New Orleans at nine with pretty nice weather: sunny and a little chilly. St.Louis Cementary No.1 was the beginning of today’s journey. There are different types of burial sites; some are abandoned and some are renovated. This place is now the oldest cementary in the town and includes Marie Laveau’s burial ground. We walked across the […]

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November 18th, 2017

Day 1: Mike’s Take

November 18th, 2017. 9:25PM As first time members of the Bucknell Katrina Recovery Team you never know what to expect. You always think you are ready and prepared but till you start the experience you never quite know. So our journey started at 5:30am this morning outside Smith Hall. The cold fall air gave us a jolt and pushed us on our journey.  During our ride, it was very quiet as many of the team decided to rest up for our trip. For some others we were able to watch the sunrise and be energized by the new day. Once […]

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November 18th, 2017

Day 1: Xinyi’s Take

November 18th, 2017. 9:08PM The dinner was the best part of our first day and was truly an adventure that everyone was really excited about. We went to Rocky & Carlo’s Restaurant and Bar to explore some of the most representative dishes in New Orleans. But before we actually went to the restaurant, Kyle talked about some background information about different cuisine in New Orleans. I really appreciate all this information because personally I have never had any Southern dishes before. The dinner was fantastic with all the amazing food. I would say that I learned a lot about the […]

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November 18th, 2017

Day 1: Dinah’s Take

November 18th, 2017. 9:00 PM We had lunch at Arabi Food Store which is a mix between a deli and a snack store. A couple people got these delicious sandwiches called po boys (which is short for a “poor boy”). Po boys are these sandwiches that are made on French bread. You can get all kinds of yummy fillings. After lunch we made our way to Camp Hope where we got to meet Walter, one of the heads of Camp Hope. He showed us the water line for the cafeteria we were sitting in which was pretty scary because apparently […]

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November 18th, 2017

KRT 2017 IS ON!

November 18th, 2017. 5:45PM Hey all! Nayte here with the first blog post of the Bucknell Katrina Recovery Trip 2017. We arrived in New Orleans about 4 hours ago and have already begun experiencing the city and the culture, with much more to do! So just a heads up: we’re staying at Camp Hope in Arabi, St. Bernard Parish, which is right below the lower 9th ward. Staying here is a great time, and the staff (Baloo and Walt–a great couple of folks) are incredibly accommodating–allergies, food preferences, anything–they are here to help make the experience even better than it […]

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