In light of recent events, I wanted to take a break from posts about places far and wide and focus on the place I grew up and have lived practically all my life – Lafayette, Louisiana.
Now, Lafayette is an amazing place, often overshadowed by tourists and news by New Orleans. Last year, Lafayette gained a lot of national news coverage when a study showed that it was the “Happiest City in the United States.” We Lafayette natives were proud that our city, our little city, was finally getting the attention it deserved.
However, more recently, Lafayette gained national again – but this time for a reason no one saw coming, and a reason no one was happy about. There was a shooting in a local movie theater, a movie theater that I went to all the time back when I was in Lafayette, a movie theater that many of my friends live near. Two girls were killed, and about nine others injured.
Summer is upon us people, which means it’s music festival season!
How appropriate that my last weekend in the US before my big move was spent at my favorite event in my hometown – Festival International de Louisiane. I’ve been dying to share with ya’ll about this festival because it really is my favorite thing about where I live!
It was a weekend filled with family, friends, music, food, and so much happiness before I really cracked down on finishing up packing and cleaning before my big move tomorrow!
I know its THURSDAY and I have yet to post this week, and for that I am oh, so sorry. BUT! I have a great reason! I was in full-fledged Mardi Gras mode. It has been absolute madness here in my neck of the woods since Friday with all of the celebrations and parties and balls going on. For Mardi Gras is the most magical, most wonderful, most insane, most fun, most wonderful time of the year here in Louisiana (or maybe the world in general).