|Packing as Art. Next to my laptop are my spiffy new business |
cards, a lint roller, & the Great Dalmuti for game night.
I've been prepping for months - talking to folks who'd been there & picking up tips, revamping my portfolio, getting spiffy networking cards, finding a roommate, booking hotels and planning bus routes.
...five hours later...
|Lydia the Traveller in Atlanta|
|A 15-minute layover becomes 1 hour.|
|Megabus > Greyhound.|
I made it at last. The last bit of the bus trip yesterday was less than pleasant thanks to a migraine and a bout of bussickness. I never get sick in the car, plane, or boat. Wierd.
Oh, and the bus was an hour late. Between that, general disorientation, and the Google Online Marketing Challenge pre-campaign strategy being due last night, I did not have a very restful evening, though the Ashbury Hotel was surprisingly nice. And Matthew and I got to pray over Skype which was doubly nice.
Read about the creepy bus station mural, the Hyatt-Regency, and the local grocery after the jump.
Set two alarms for 3:30 this morning. Didn't hear either of them. A text from my mom woke me out of fitful dreams at 4:45am. Boy, that was providence. Panicking, I threw my stuff in the suitcase (I was so exhausted last night I hadn't even gotten out of my clothes, and now I didn't have time to change) and called a cab. He got me to the Greyhound station in time to hear the guy yell "Anyone else for New Orleans?" and I bolted to the bus. I was the very last one but I made it. I payed $88 for Greyhound to get about 100 miles. I payed $4 for Megabus to get me 600 miles. Megabus is twice as clean, comfortable, and accommodating as Greyhound. Figure that one out.
|New Orleans Amtrak station with creepy murals|
Once I got to the Hyatt-Regency, things looked a lot more positive. The concierge was amazingly friendly and kept my luggage for me even though I am not checking in for 2 more days. He also helped me get my bus route to my pre-conference hotel straightened out, and directed me to an awesome local grocery store, Rouse's. I got a ham sandwich, fresh-squeezed strawberry-pineapple juice, and a berry chantilly donut. (When they say donut, they mean any variety of fried treats - this one was triangular and filled with creme.) For the past few hours I've been relaxing in the Hyatt lobby and freshening up. After I post this I'm heading over to the French Quarter. Ready to catch the street musicians!
IA Summit in New Orleans || 1 - Getting There || 2 - French Quarter Buskers || 3 - Rain on My Parade || 4 - New Ideas, New Friends, & Bourbon Street || 5 - The Festival, the City, & the Way Home