NOLA = New Orleans, Louisiana. The "Big Easy", home to Mardi Gras, amazing local cuisine, voodoo, swamps, and fancy balcony things that are super pretty (see right). I had gone down for the 86th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPAs). See my "Research Updates" blog post for more details about the conference, and my 5-minute talk, and my props :)
Our family vacation had two other major highlights: reuniting with family members we hadn't seen in 20+ years (during which we rode in the best Uber ever) and an airboat swamp tour. If you ever find yourself in Louisiana, get yourself to Lafitte and on an airboat because if I ever had the opportunity I'd probably buy one. THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN TO RIDE IN!!!