NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA.

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Although the trip had many rocky moments (Canceled flight, lost luggage, a broken phone, etc), I'm sitting here, feeling exhilarated after just getting back from New Orleans. I'm not exactly sure what is it about NOLA that always leaves me so inspired - the colorful buildings, the artists on the streets, the live jazz music on every corner - whatever it is, it feels a lot like magic. My partner, Zack, was born and raised in Louisiana, so we visit 2-3 times a year. Each trip, we eat beignets at Cafe Du Monde and try a new restaurant that we've never been to before. 

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Every time we got to the French Market, I see this man named Yeon, who creates beautiful, live name paintings in just 10 minutes. I had him make one for my little sister, Ella.

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Zack's family lives about 45 minutes away from the city, so we actually spend most of our time there, and every year, I get to experience different southern things, such as crawfish boils, po' boys, snowball stands, drive thru daiquiri places, alligator farms, and so much more. It's really such an interesting place to be. I think it's really cool to see how different things are, in not only different countries, but in other parts of America. It opens your eyes and makes you so much brighter. Diversity is such a wonderful thing. 

Side note, if you ever find yourself in Hammond, Louisiana, do yourself a huge favor and go to Albasha (The best restaurant EVER) and PJ's Coffee, then drive about 30 minutes west of Hammond, to Livingston Parish, and get yourself some nachos and a cherry coke at G&J's. You're welcome. 

Best wishes,

Alyssa 

Next stop, Paris.