Settling (temporarily) in New Orleans

Since arriving in New Orleans, I have been sleeping on the comfortable couch of my friends in Midtown. I’ve begun the process of getting my pedicab license, which is actually quite extensive and a huge pain.  I need not only my driver’s license, but either a passport or birth certificate as proof of citizenship, a physical clearance from my doctor, I have to go to the airport to get a background check, I have to pass a drug test, and I have to take a 4-hour defensive driving class.  All of these things come with their own associated fees, and after all is said and done, I will have spent over $130.

I won’t be able to start pedicabbing for at least a week, so in the meantime, I have been responding to ads for modeling and acting jobs.  So far, I have a hair modeling gig set up for Monday and a role as an extra in a scene for the HBO series, Treme, on Tuesday.  Coincidentally, the extra role is to be a customer in a hair salon.  On Saturday, I will be riding in the back of a pedicab in a parade, and on Sunday, I hope to wake up early enough to run a 5k at City Park.

Since Phil and I will not be riding from city to city every day for a few months, posts on this blog will probably be much less frequent, but we will try to keep everyone updated at least once a week.  If anyone has any jobs for us while we are living in New Orleans, please contact us at info@nomadiccycling.com!

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About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

Posted on 2 December 2011, in New Orleans, The space between. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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