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My company had planned a trip for our division to get together and meet each other to hang out. See, I work with engineers and we do a number of things: make sure our clients are within regulation for pollutants for the EPA, monitor factories, find leaks, work with natural gas shales, all kinds of things. But our corporate office is in Baton Rouge and we have another office in Houston. There are about 30 of us altogether. They decided we would go to Baton Rouge on Thursday to see the corporate office, then on Friday we would spend the evening in the French Quarter.

Our corporate office was an old auto dealership that they've redone. I wished I would have taken more pictures, but my new phone is kind of driving me crazy with my battery. I guess I just always have to have a charger in my purse. Learned my lesson this weekend.

This is the kitchen. It has a full kitchen, a patio with a grill, and comes complete with Galaga and old school Pac Man games.
A big hotel room, just for me...

Here we are in the French Quarter in New Orleans. 

We did a scavenger hunt that was SO awesome! We had to visit a "haunted" restaurant, I had to perform with a street performer (I chose a magician), take a picture with a street vendor, find a few historical houses, and take a picture in front of the House of Voodoo.

The house we visited was called Muriel's Lounge. It was an old house and the owner, Mr. Jourdan, lost the house in a hand of poker and hung himself in a room upstairs. They say his spirit is still there, so every night they set him a private table complete with bread and wine to welcome him. The room he died in is now a seance room, which we also visited. It had a patio upstairs, and so I had to take my picture.
Here is me on Bourbon Street...

And the House of Voodoo...

I have to say, it was a really fun trip. I am not normally into all of that stuff, death and voodoo and fortune telling. But it's an interested culture down there. I've never been anywhere where when you ordered an alcoholic beverage, they asked, "For here or to go?" 

I was not excited about leaving my baby for two nights, but all in all, I had a fun trip and I am glad we got a chance to go!


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