Here We Go…

#1 on my list of things I never want to do again!

#1 on my list of things I never want to do again!

Sorry for the radio silence over the past month folks, but it has truly been one for the record books. Here is a brief recap of the last month via the stats:

  • 5226 kilometers (3247 miles) of driving
  • 4 provinces
  • 8 states
  • 1 border
  • 1 broken transmission
  • 1 new car
  • 1 UHaul truck
  • 1 ferry ride
  • 1 new apartment
  • 6 bottles of bourbon (not all consumed yet!)
  • 39 cups of coffee
  • 1 new studio
  • Many new friends.

Oh, and approximately one million bugs on the windshield.

After a bit of a rough start (my old car drew its last breath just 2 hours into the first leg of my trip), I have finally arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – my home for the next three years as I attend graduate school at LSU.  I’ve spent the past 10+ days settling into both my new home and my new studio, getting to know the town (which I’ve largely been doing via the many wonderful places to eat here!), and adjusting to the heat. Any personal qualms I had about wearing shorts went out the window within the first day of arrival, as the average high here has been around 36C with a humidity level of about 84%!

The past few days have been full of various orientations at school, and seeing that I’ve been out of school for over a decade and went to a pretty small art college (less than 1000 students) I’ve been making a concerted effort to join in everything I can here at LSU, and really soak in all the things that a big school like LSU has to offer (more on that later…).

Classes start Monday – and I am equal parts excited and terrified. When in doubt, I plan on falling back on the school saying/motto:

GEAUX TIGERS!

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