We are returning to another city of the dead in New Orleans this morning, to Saint Louis number 1 cemetary, (in)famous for connections to voodoo among other things.
More details of Marie Leveau on the plaque attached to the grave above.
Voodoo is a recognized religion and about 15% of people in New Orleans list it as their religion in the latest census. This is a catholic cemetery but any grave in disrepair seems to attract voodoo markings and offerings. See the 2 additional examples in photos below. If nobody is named, it must be occult, right?
- When you book, you do not get a reserved seat, only a confirmation that you will get onto the train.
- You pass the first guy, who scans your e-booking or paper booking and directs you to a carriage.
- You go to your allocated carriage and are given yellow paper tickets listing your actual seats
- You sit down and a train conductor appears and asks where you are going - Memphis for us and be writes "Mem" on a white paper note and sticks it in a space above your seating
- He also takes your yellow paper tickets that you were given when you boarded the train and sticks them next to the "Mem"
- A little later, another train conductor returns and takes down the yellow paper tickets and throws them all away in a bin
- We were told to wait inside the station building for our luggage to arrive, which would take 20-25 minutes according to the announcement..
- Everybody's luggage finally arrive and they bring it all inside the station building
- They then proceed to take one single piece of luggage and pass it through a small opening one at a time while calling out the number of that particular ticket