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Triumph Over the Odds: The People of South Louisiana

Program Number: 19992RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/21/2013 - 1/26/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Price starting at: $595.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

South Louisiana’s history is one of resilience, survival, and triumph over the odds. The largest ethnic group, the Cajuns, are descendants of French-speaking Acadians brutally exiled from Canada in the 18th Century who eventually found a home in South Louisiana and thrived. The mixture of other immigrants over generations created a uniquely vibrant culture. Despite natural disasters including hurricanes and the worst oil spill in history, the people never give up, overcoming life’s challenges from mundane to epic with humor and a zest for living. Join us to learn their stories.




Highlights

• Learn how victims of disasters natural and man-made rebuilt their lives after displacement and job loss.
• Meet oil rig workers and take field trips to understand the challenges of offshore drilling.
• Encounter the zest for life which gets local people through hard times as you experience their music, dance, food, and humor.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a mile, standing for an extended period of time. Getting on and off bus. Field trip to oil rig requires climbing 28 steps.



Coordinated by University of Louisiana at Lafayette.




Lafayette

Two hours west-northwest of New Orleans, Lafayette is vibrant with Cajun and Creole culture. The city hosts a number of arts, music and food festivals dedicated to preserving the Louisiana Acadian spirit, celebrated in the upbeat tempos of Cajun music.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with fitness center, outdoor pool, wireless internet connection and an on-site restaurant. Complementary airport shuttle service.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Acadiana
  Lafayette, LA 5 nights
 Hotel Acadiana
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: In the heart of Cajun Country. Just minutes from UL Lafayette, Vermilionville, and other tourist attractions. Approximately 3.0 miles from airport.
  Contact info: 1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70508 USA
phone: 337-233-8120
web: www.thehotelacadiana.com
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed internet, 32" flat panel television,mini-fridge, coffee station, blow dryer, iron & ironing board. Microwave available upon request.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool, fitness room. Complimentary laundry facilities, 24 hour business center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $65 Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769 9408
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $65 Arrangements must be made directly with the hotel. (337) 769 9408
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:30PM in the hotel banquet room for a welcome and orientation. You will be staying at Hotel Acadiana that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is served from 6:00 - 9:00. Depart after breakfast. You will be staying at Hotel Acadiana the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed health form returned to Program Coordinator prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free for the length of the program at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lafayette, LA
  Nearest highway: Lafayette is located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 49.
  Nearest airport:  Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) featuring service with American Eagle, Continental, Delta, and Northwest Airlines.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lafayette, LA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lafayette

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
City/Dixie Cab
phone: 337-237-3333

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 5 miles

   

Taxi ride is at your own expense. Other cab companies include: Quality Cab Service: 337-235-8993 The hotel shuttle might be available, but airport transport gets first priority. Call the hotel to ask if shuttle is available at (337) 233-8120.

 

Lafayette

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-233-8120
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 5 miles

   

Please put expected arrival time on the form which you will receive as a part of your preparatory materials. This information will be forwarded to the hotel. Check with the hotel a day or two before your arrival to make sure the shuttle is available.

 

Lafayette

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 337-233-8120
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 3 miles

   

The Hotel Acadiana has airport transportation available. Please call a day or two in advance to make sure the shuttle is available at the time you need it (as well as including the request on form included with preparatory materials).

 
Driving Directions
  I-10 traveling from east (Baton Rouge, LA) or west (Houston, TX) Driving in on I-10 west or I-10 east, take exit 103A onto Evangeline Thruway. Travel 3 miles, and turn right onto East Pinhook Road. Travel 1.9 miles to destination. Our hotel will be on the left.
  From the airport If you've rented a car at Lafayette Regional Airport, you will exit the airport parking lot, turning left onto Blue Blvd., then left onto Surrey Street. Get in the left lane so you can turn left onto Hwy. 90 (aka Evangeline Thruway). Once on Evangeline Thruway, get in the far right lane, and travel about half a mile, turning right onto Kaliste Saloom Road. Drive 1.2 miles down Kaliste Saloom, turn right on Pinhook. The Hotel Acadiana will be about 3/10 of a mile on the right at 1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
  I-49 traveling from north If you're coming in from north of Lafayette on I-49, I-49 becomes the Evangeline Thruway once you are south of I-10. Stay on the Evangeline Thruway, about 3 miles, and turn right on Pinhook Road. Travel 1.9 miles down Pinhook, and the Hotel Acadiana will be on the left, a little past the Bayou Vermilion bridge.
  US 90 from the south If you are traveling from the south on US 90 (which is the future I-49 corridor), Hwy. 90 becomes Evangeline Thruway. Turn left on Kaliste Saloom Road. Drive about 1.2 miles down Kaliste Saloom and turn right on Pinhook Road. Hotel Acadiana is about 3/10 of a mile on the right at 1801 W. Pinhook Rd.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-in; Welcome and orientation.
(Monday, January 21)
   
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or local restaurant.
 Evening: The evening is yours to settle in and relax or enjoy getting to know your fellow participants.
 Evening: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Participants may check into the hotel after 2:00pm.

ORIENTATION: We'll gather promptly at 4:30pm in our private meeting room. You’ll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during this informative orientation. We’ll go through the itinerary for the week, engage in a fun colloquial vocabulary/language exercise, have a general Q&A session, and begin getting to know everyone during introductions. It's a lively beginning.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Acadians — descendants of 17th-century French colonists — were expelled from Canada by the British during the French and Indian War (1755-1763), followed by a 30-year odyssey of wandering. But they endured, persevered, and settled in south Louisiana to become the Cajuns we know today, developing a vibrant culture that is a unique part of Louisiana’s heritage. Faced with devastating hurricanes and an epic oil spill, will the people hit so hard find ways to carry on their way of life? Will their spirit and joie de vivre see them through? You’ll meet and talk with university professors, local oil field workers, fishermen, and others who continue to survive against all odds.

   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Class: The Oil Spill and Louisiana - instructor, Dr. Robert Gramling, UL Lafayette Field Trip: Marine Survival Safety Center - where oil field workers get safety training
(Tuesday, January 22)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: The Oil Spill and Louisiana, with Robert Gramling, Ph.D., Profess or Sociology at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Dr. Gramling — a recipient of the Distinguished Professor award — is the author of “Oil on the Edge: Offshore Development, Conflict, Gridlock” and, with William R. Freudenburg, “Oil in Troubled Waters: Perceptions, Politics, and the Battle Over Offshore Drilling.”
 Lunch: We'll dine out to sample the savory food at a popular Cajun restaurant. The original Acadian refugees adapted their French rustic cuisine to local ingredients and the taste treats continue today.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Marine Survival Training Center. We'll explore the state-of-the-art facilities where offshore oil workers receive safety training including survival craft training, underwater helicopter egress training, marine fire safety, and much more. Since June 1989, MSTC has brought more than 75,000 offshore workers up-to-date in water safety and survival techniques.
 Dinner: Treat your taste buds with dinner out at a popular Cajun restaurant. The joie de vivre you experience is "lagniappe." Ask somebody local what it means!
 Evening: PANEL DISCUSSION: Meet and hear from oil field workers with experience working on land and offshore oil rigs, including drilling and production platforms. Learn the challenges and rewards of this life for the workers and their families.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: The Anatomy of a Hurricane, Cajun Music Jam Session
(Wednesday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Displacement and Rebuilding Post-Disaster, with JoAnne Derouen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Dr. Derouen is the author of “The Relationship between Coastal Restoration and Community Relocation” as well as numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.
 Lunch: Enjoy more Cajun cooking.
 Afternoon: Class & Field Trip: The Anatomy of a Hurricane, instructor, local meteoroligist
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.
 Evening: Jam session with local Cajun musicians.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: A visit to PHI, where helicopters are built and the headquarters for the whole operation.
(Thursday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: A fascinating visit to PHI, one of the world’s leading helicopter services companies. Known industry wide for the relentless pursuit of safe, reliable helicopter transportation, PHI offers services to the offshore Oil and Gas, onshore mining, International, Air Medical, and Technical Services industries.
 Lunch: Included
 Afternoon: Excursion: TBA
 Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant
 Evening: PRESENTATION: The Economic Impact of the Oil and Gas Industry in South Louisiana
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field trip to see "Mr. Charlie," an authentic once-operable offshore oil rig.
(Friday, January 25)
   
 Breakfast: Included.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: We’ll travel to Morgan City to explore the International Petroleum Museum and Exposition and “Mr. Charlie” — the first transportable, submersible drilling rig, built 1952-53. "Mr. Charlie" could accommodate a crew of up to 58 and drilled hundreds of wells in the Gulf of Mexico until its retirement in 1986. The well maintained barge is approximately 220 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 14 feet deep.
 Lunch: Local specialty, tba.
 Afternoon: Free time after returning from the trip to Morgan City.
 Dinner: We'll go out to a favorite restaurant/dance hall for dinner and dancing to live music.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Acadiana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure after breakfast, which is served from 6:00 - 9:00.
(Saturday, January 26)
   
 Breakfast: Included
 Morning: You are free to depart before or after breakfast. Check out of hotel. Have a safe trip home!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lafayette, LA Acadian Village
Museum of authentic Acadian homes. Located on the grounds of Acadian Village are eight authentic Acadian houses dating back to 1800. There is a recreation of a General Store that was the main gathering place for the community. Onsite is a replica of a Chapel, the floor of the Chapel was made with long leaf pine that is over 200 years old. The reproduction of the Blacksmith Shop was built with weather-beaten, aged cypress boards. The shop is complete with original tools used by the blacksmith years ago. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, visit www.acadianvillage.org/
  Downtown Lafayette
Shops, live music, restaurants, art museums, planetarium For additional information, visit www.lafayettetravel.com/
  Heymann Performing Arts Center
1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503 For additional information, visit www.ticketmaster.com/venue/221705/
  Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium
The Museum exists to encourage the discovery and understanding of the natural world, the universe, and the role of humans within them. Hours of Operation Monday - Closed Tuesday - 1:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday thru Friday - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission Charges Adults - $8.00 Seniors (65 or older) - $6.00 For additional information, visit www.lnhm.org/
  University Art Museum
The University Art Museum's Permanent Collection consists of more than 1,500 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs. This collection represents 18th, 19th and 20th century Louisiana, as well as the United States, Europe and Japan. Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday - Closed Ticket prices: Adult $5 Senior Citizens $4 For additional information, visit www.louisiana.edu/UAM/
  Zoo of Acadiana
Hours of operation are from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. (Closed major holidays) Admission cost: $7.95* for adults $6.95* for senior citizens *plus tax. For additional information, visit www.zooofacadiana.org/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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