As my co-worker would say “Fatima you’ve been living your best life this month”. October has been filled with new excitement.
First trip: New Orleans.
I have traveled up and down the east coast, but going to Louisiana was definitely a huge move for me! Lets start with the plane tickets…Okay I haven’t been on a plane since I was like 9yrs -old, so yes I was extremely terrified. I didn’t know where to began with buying plane ticket especially trying to find some while on a budget. Cheapest airline I found going there was Spirit Airline and American, two one-way tickets by the way Total was: 215, which was a great prices for a last minute trip. Now the taking off and landing part are theee worst!! It makes me feel nauseous. But when that plane landed, my heart started racing, filled with happiness I was so ready to explore the city!
Sadly after taking this picture i wanted to sleep and that pretty much what I did the first night, New Orleans is an hour or two head of Virginia so it was past my usual bedtime. Where we stayed was in the art district, which was walking distance from the beautiful french quarter that makes downtown New Orleans very popular! First real day there (second day) we went on a boat ride, sadly I didn’t take any pictures! But before we got to the french quarter we caught a trolley.
Coolest shit ever I swear! i tried my hardest not to appear as a tourist lol! After the first ride everywhere I went I got on one…Uber didn’t even exist to me and the people were so willing to help guide us around. I mean riding through the city was truly a melting pot for me. The diversity and culture presented was mild blowing. The European architectural style all over made me feel like I was in a different side of the world.
Above photos are pictures from the treme neighborhood, or course we attended the treme festival. I use to watch the treme series of new orleans on HBO, but to be actually there and learn the history was a wonderful experience. I learned that the Treme neighborhood was one of the oldest African-american and free of color people neighborhoods. This community has the Congo square and famous Louis Armstrong park.
Any one who knows me knows I’m a sucker for vendors, native food and cultural music. While attempting to get some food, they had kids performs “moko jumbie stilt dancing”. The kids danced to African drums in colorful costumes.
I was overjoyed!! I felt connected..Once the festival was over the streets were filled with people, Jazz music and art. There was a parade in the mist of exploring a different part of the city. They started the parade with the New Orleans own Zulu people. I was eager to get a picture, I’m a sucker for culture.
The street flooded with art, local high school bands playing and jazz music.
Art was being done and hung up to dry as we walked through the festivities! This was the best city I’ve traveled to thus far. I loved everything about this place from the beautiful accents, street jazz music, 24 hour bars, being able to walk/drink in public, and of course the food the creole dishes were the best!
Definitely planning for Mardi Gras 2019!!