Hey Hey Hey friends! I’ve returned from my far away journey to Blacksburg. I am physically and mentally exhausted, but I had such a great time catching up with coworkers from across the state, and I came home with three boxes of girl scout cookies, so I’d call that a successful trip. However, I would really like for someone to explain to me why my organization INSISTS on holding our annual conference during a Blacksburg winter. Could we not hold it in the fall, when the weather is perfect, the leaves are glorious, and the crisp air is alive with magic and dreams? No. It must be in the coldest month of the year, to give us all one more thing to complain about. Today, I attempted to push a luggage cart uphill against the wind, and it was probably one of the worst PLDs of my entire life.
Let’s move on. In case you haven’t heard, I’m heading out to Mardi Gras in New Orleans on Saturday (no big deal). Matt and I decided to take this trip last year, as a way to celebrate our one year anniversary (three months after the fact). We are beyond excited, especially because the weather is promising to be a sweltering 70 degrees on Saturday. Since I’ve been away all week, we’ve really only got one day to pack,but we’ve been mentally preparing for months. This will be Matt’s first time in New Orleans, but it will be my third trip. That basically makes me a Nola expert, and today I will share with you the important knowledge I’ve learned from my travels.
– I learned that it’s always important to pack a pair of “quarter shoes” to wear when out and about, otherwise you may end up having to borrow another gentleman’s shoes for just one moment to let your tired, swollen feet relax.
– I learned that New Orleans has perfected the art of frying food–oysters, alligator, dough–you name it, they fry it, and it’s delicious.
– I learned it’s probably not a good idea to be in Jackson Square after dark.
– I learned that it’s totally cool for dogs to manage wine shops in New Orleans. No big.
– Speaking of going places after dark, it’s also not always a good idea to follow your friend and assume she knows where she is going. You might end up in St. Bernard, which I’ve learned is not necessarily the best place to be at 2am in the morning.
– I learned that the Goblet of Fire resides at Pat O’ Brian’s:
– I learned that the oddities and eccentricities of Bourbon Street have no pull on me when I am on the hunt for pecan pie.
– I learned that gators will jump for hot dogs.
– I learned that there is a weird, peaceful beauty to the swamps.
– I learned that staying up all night then flying out at 6am is ALWAYS a terrible idea.
– In the end, I learned that I am completely in love with New Orleans.
So you see friends, I am totally prepared for this trip, and like last time, my dear friend Alison has again graciously offered her apartment, and has been coordinating with me for the past month to plan our agenda (an agenda–she knows me so well!).
|Traveling together is kind of our thing. Photo snapped in Vegas, circa 2012.|
What are some of the best things you’ve learned from your travels? Do you think I should order this costume from Amazon and have it FedExed to Alison’s apartment?