I was incredibly blessed to be able to live with a family from church for those 3 months. They housed me, fed me, treated me like one of their own, and kept me company while I was missing home. I feel forever indebted to them.
While working about 60 hours a week I rarely had time for sight-seeing and enjoying the Louisianan culture, but every once in a while an opportunity presented itself.
I was lucky enough to have the chance to experience Mardi Gras. The parades and festivities last for weeks. I collected more beads than I could count.
Brad was able to come visit me during his spring break, and I was able to take some time off work so that we could visit LSU and gaze upon Mike the Tiger.
Mike's transport from his habitat to the stadium.
All the following pictures are from the Greek amphitheater on campus where the movie Pitch Perfect was filmed.
These two pictures are from a little park just a few miles from campus.
Brad and I were able to visit Avery Island were Tabasco Sauce is made. They also have a pretty large "jungle garden" with lots of trails, birds, and gators.
Those 3 months were the hardest of my life between having an incredibly difficult fieldwork and being away from home and only seeing Brad twice. And to be honest, I haven't seen any sort of immediate benefit, but I have no doubt that one day I will be grateful for the time I spent working in Louisiana.