My Week in Mississippi | Tornadoes, Crawfish & that Southern Hospitality
This year, my “spring break” was spent in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where Lucas goes to school. I say “spring break” because I technically no longer have these, but since I am also a coach that follows a school schedule, I found myself with a week where I could work entirely remotely. Hence: Mississippi, here I come!
To be honest, I never thought I’d make my way out to Mississippi, but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do so. Meeting Lucas’ friends from school, many of who are also from France, as well as meeting locals who Lucas has met along the way made for a super fun week filled with great company.
That’s the main thing I want to share about this trip - it’s not always about where you are when you travel, but who you’re with. In a nutshell (and maybe this is just the California-biased side of me talking), there wasn’t a TON to do in Hattiesburg, outside of eating and drinking. The nearest Apple store is hours away up in Jackson. The downtown area was pretty quiet, and a train that passes through the city’s main station only comes through once a day.
Still, I had a great time. I was able to work daily while Lucas was in class or at tennis practice. We bounced around to a few different coffee shops - some commercial, some mom-and-pop. We celebrated Lucas’ birthday with his friends, and were hosted (wonderfully!) by some friends Lucas made at the tennis club. We watched lots of Netflix (Zumbo’s Just Desserts and You…yeah, we knocked out full seasons of each). There were a couple tornadoes, which may or may not be my worst nightmare, but I live to tell the tale. Of course, we also found some time to take photos.
By the end of the week, I felt refreshed, relaxed, and a little bloated. But hey - I wouldn’t have it any other way.
It only took me nine months of working in the data analytics industry post-graduation to realize that I was destined for something greater.