Being a native Louisianaian currently living in South Carolina, I was stoked to see that TechEd was in New Orleans (NOLA) this year. I was offered the opportunity to go and quickly jumped on it and began planning my trip. Yes, this would be a working trip but I was ensuring a day on each side for sight seeing and partaking of the food that I have greatly missed.
So on Sunday, 6/2, our adventure began. I was so happy that I chose a direct flight after I heard about the fun my Co-Worker Gabe had getting from Charlotte to NOLA. By 11AM, Jeff and I were in NOLA and checked in to our hotel, Bourbon Orleans. We caught the shuttle over so I could get registered and picked up all of my SWAG. I then decided to go and get my promotionally priced Surfaces or Surfi; not sure of the plural. Registration started at 10AM so I figured I was early enough to beat the crowd, get in and out, and be ready to explore. Boy was I wrong! The line was already about a 2 hour wait. I decided to bail (we had until Thursday to get them so what was the rush). The rest of the day was spent getting settled in and scoping out the hood. I chose to hit Pat O’Briens first since the wait line is LONG later in the day. We ate a late lunch/early dinner (gumbo, ettouffe, red beans and rice, and jambalaya sampler) and of course, I had a signature Hurricane. We then went back to the room so I could verify my schedule and sessions that I would be attending on Monday.
Stay tuned for TechEd 2013 – The week