Reflecting back on 2016, I am thankful for a lot of things. The majority of this year was quite challenging, as I spent eight months of it on crutches (for a total of ten months). Because of this, things felt very stagnant to me. Oftentimes I felt like everyone around me was progressing, while I was stuck. One positive of being on medical leave is that it finally gave me the time to establish this blog. For so long I had had the idea in my head, but didn’t have the time, and my two months off finally gave me that opportunity.
One of the highlights of my year would have to be my trip to New Orleans in October with my friend Emmet. Obviously, traveling was off the table while I was on crutches. I was itching to get out and explore, so when my friend Emmet invited me as his plus one to a friend’s wedding in NOLA, I jumped at the chance. Wedding AND a trip?!? I AM IN.
The central part of the trip mostly took place in the French Quarter, as our hotel was there (we also stayed at two different Air BnBs-my first time!) and the wedding reception. A perhaps more authentic, less touristy version of the French Quarter is Frenchman Street, where we took in a local jazz show. We rode the picturesque trolleys, had the pleasure of hanging with Emmet’s friends, snapped many pics and enjoyed the local cuisine. I often TRY to eat healthy (TRY being the key word), but decided to indulge since we were on vacation. I wanted to make sure that I tried alligator before we left (“when in Rome”), and as cliche as it sounds, it tasted like chicken. Also enjoyed some Po-boys (basically just a sandwich) and gumbo. NOLA is a great destination if you’re into spicy food.
A couple of activities that I wish we had time to do were to take a ghost tour (especially since we were there in October), as well as a tour of the Garden District. Most of the pictures in this post are from the Garden District; while Emmet slept in, I took an early morning walk around the Garden District, and, honestly, wanted to snap every house! It would have been great to learn more about what I was seeing.
Emmet and I spent three nights in NOLA, which, honestly wasn’t nearly enough. Even though I had been there before on a service trip in college, being there as a tourist, there are so many different things to do-besides just the French Quarter. I totally understand the appeal and charm of the NOLA and the South after our trip.
What were some of your 2016 highlights?