New Orleans – Light Hearts, Light Feet, and Light-up Canes
This is not the United States…this is New Orleans. It’s a whole other world down here and you can feel it in the air. There’s an energy that is so unique, soulful, mysterious, addictive, alluring. It’s easy to come and hard to leave. It’s beautiful, energetic, gritty, weird, magical, rough, and friendly all at the same time. It reminds you how to enjoy life, and live in the moment. At least that’s how I feel about it.
I met a lot of people here (young and old) and sometimes asked them how they liked living here. One couple told me this exact thing, “If you can live with the “third world” infrastructure and crime rate, it’s the best place in the world to live and it doesn’t get any better” (Their words).
I rented an Airbnb in the Bywater neighborhood, which is part hipster, part artsy, part decay. I loved it. Colorful shotgun houses everywhere. You can walk 10-20 minutes to the French Quarter. I wouldn’t have stayed anywhere else. People were usually friendly and will strike up a conversation very easily. This is not like Boston, where most people you walk the streets with, take the bus with, have dinner next to, will not say a word to you, let along have a long conversation randomly. It reminded me of Ireland in this way.
My favorite part of New Orleans was the French Quarter. This is obviously the most touristy, however it IS an AMAZING place for music. The music is where it’s at here. So are the people. I was sitting at the front of a music bar, listening to an amazing band in the middle of the day, and an older man came in the door, swinging his hips and knees, and also swinging his “light up” cane. So style!…as some might say.
This isn’t the only place with music, it’s all over the city. The only tip I would give is to skip Bourbon street (maybe walk down it once just to see the madness), stick to the French Quarter, Bywater, Marigny, along the river, etc. Don’t read travel blogs, or lonely planet, just come here and walk around. Be spontaneous! Ask people who live there for their recommendations. That’s the real excitement and joy of traveling, enjoying new places just walking around being open to whatever comes to you.
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