In the Heart of Acadiana
Three years ago I had a memorable stop in Lafayette, Louisiana, so when I found a Workaway experience nearby, I was hoping it would be equally special. Little did I know.
The town of Arnaudville, where I lived for two weeks, is holding on to its Cajun/Creole culture, yet opens its doors to newcomers. My host, Kathleen, is an artist, builder, jill-of-all-trades, community "servant", musician, world traveler, and all-around warm and welcoming person. Her home speaks to her uniqueness. Her circle of friends welcomed me.
My "work" was outdoors which I loved, and among other things, I learned how to build walkways with and without cement! Most of all, I experienced what community feels like. I'll let the photos tell the details of my days!
With a bit of melancholy, I rolled out of town serenaded by Louis & Ella, and 7 hours later, rolled into the Austin metropolis hyped by the "psychedelic cowboy band," New Riders of the Purple Sage. It may take a while to adjust!
4/20/2018 10:28:58 am
Judy: You look like a pioneer woman in a town where time stands still. You also seem most content in that environment and may just become a perennial wanderer.
4/21/2018 04:40:08 pm
Eileen: Honestly, Arnaudville is so near the city of Lafayette and yet, it is a small town of familiar faces. I do wonder what will get me to stop this interesting roaming about and have no idea where I'll settle yet! J.
4/26/2018 09:57:02 am
You looked pretty content on that tractor! Who knew? :)
4/26/2018 03:54:14 pm
Karen: It's scary isn't it? Something has evolved in the past few years. I'm in Austin and having trouble adapting but digging in dirt, all good. :) J.
4/30/2018 08:49:26 am
I love this hopeful slice of Americana---a "Sanctuary" indeed. I love Kathleen's home, in concept and in structure. That tractor photo is an archival keeper---shades of Desrosiers' farm. And that "yummy food" appears to be quite the "hair-raising" experience!!! Am definitely researching the origins of "Grand Coteau" existence.
4/30/2018 05:53:15 pm
AMG: Both you & Eileen had a hair comment! These cheap cuts aren't helping me but actually, I shower less these days, too :). A good article on Grand Coteau here: http://countryroadsmagazine.com/art-and-culture/people-places/grand-coteau-by-john-slaughter/
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