Wednesday January 1, 2020
I spent the last five days in New Orleans, basically inspired by this video to go and explore Creole and Cajun cuisine. NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana), as its affectionately known, was never really on my travel radar, but this year I knew I wanted to get out of the country for Christmas, especially since I had the time off anyway, and I wanted to go somewhere warm and different.
As much as I would have liked to reenact the video like Katrin and Janine, I didn't have enough time, or really the stomach space. I did the best I could, and I thoroughly enjoyed not only the food, but the history behind their cuisine. Apart from that, there's some beautiful architecture in the French Quarter, and City Park and Audubon Park are really nice walking areas, but there's not much else to see in the city, so I spent a lot of time just lazing about and playing Pokemon Go. It's so good to see the city back on its feet after Hurricane Katrina, although the devastating collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel right in downtown was still visible. I found Amorino, the gelateria that crafts their ice creams into roses, which I had first tried in Seville, Spain. The Steamboat Natchez on the Mississippi River had a lady rocking out on the steam organ, which was probably my favourite memory of NOLA. There were street performers and random jazz music jams in the French Quarter, and a lot of drunk people walking down Bourbon Street. I'm not really a party animal, nor am I a big drinker, so I didn't really participate in that side of New Orleans, but I still had a really good time.