For an early birthday present from my second family I went to New Orleans for the weekend.  It was amazing!  I had never been and I can’t wait to go back again.

In case you didn’t know, it’s Mardi Gras season.  Yes I said season.  In NOLA it’s not just one day it’s a month long celebration.  The parades started in January and they just keep going.  I had a great time like I said but it wasn’t all fun and games.

Sunday afternoon we got into a car accident.  We definitely had someone looking out for all of us because no one was injured.  The car we were in was totaled and the airbags were deployed but everyone got out and walked away.  Actually, we RAN away.  Once we hit the light pole (a historic light pole on Bourbon Street) the car started making a really bad sound and there was lots of smoke so I yelled get out of the car and we RAN!  The driver hurt her wrist but it was nothing too serious and the front seat passenger got a little banged up.  Those of us in the backseat just got thrown around and are probably a little sore today, I know I am.

Anyway, I have made a list of the things that I learned while in NOLA and wanted to share it with you.

  1. Parades are not just for kids
  2. Dumpsters should NOT be parked on Bourbon Street
  3. Bourbon street is fun at 2 in the morning
  4. New Orleans is surrounded by water and that freaks me out
  5. I want to live there just for Mardi Gras Season
  6. They have a dog parade called Barkkus (I don’t know if I spelled it right)
  7. Women with pink hair are very nice
  8. Women from Texas are not nice
  9. Drive thru daiquiri places are awesome
  10. Bourbon Street really looks like it does in movies and TV shows
  11. The more beads you have the heavier your neck will be
  12. Cafe du Monde is amazing
  13. You shouldn’t have caffeine after being in an accident
  14. The French Market has really cheap, cool stuff
  15. The Superdome is really awesome and looks cool

Like I said I can’t wait to go back next year and this is definitely a trip I will never forget!