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as you can tell, this post is all about my home away from home… The Big Easy. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous and skeptical of whether or not I would like New Orleans before I actually moved here for college. I had heard all about how wild and dangerous it was and that the people party and drink 24/7. my family would say “you have to take a self defense class before you go so you can defend yourself if you are attacked”… comforting, I know. I’ll never forget my mom handing me pepper spray on a keychain and telling me, “carry this with you at all times.” while i’ll admit, it is good to be aware of your surroundings at all times, New Orleans is stigmatized to be a much more dangerous place than it actually is. don’t get me wrong, there are bad parts of town just like any other big city, but as long as you use the buddy system and are cautious, you should be good to go.

with that being said, I think that New Orleans is the type of place that some people will absolutely love and some people will never want to come back to. there really is no grey area, that is just my opinion from the people I have known who have visited. I can honestly say that I’ve fallen in love with the city and the unique culture that surrounds it. there is always something going on, from po boy fest, to jazz fest, to any other fest you can possibly think of. you will never EVER be bored. walking down st. charles avenue you can check out the antebellum homes, varying in every single color of the rainbow. also, be sure to check out what Nola is truly known for… the food. just kidding. but it is incredible. you can have the best of anything in this city (please check out creole creamery though, you won’t regret it). new orleans is the type of place that will expand your horizons beyond belief and force you to break out of that comfortable box you’ve been hiding in. just hop on the street car and you’ll see what I mean 😉

xo

Elena