NOLA: New Orleans

Monday 3 October – Saturday 8 October 2016

After a long trip and a couple of Megabuses. One via Tallahassee, where we stopped for the night – we managed to have a quick look around the city. It is mainly a University town. We saw lots of the Frat and Sorority houses. It seemed like we just missed the party as all bins were fall and there were lots of cans around the houses. Anyway, back to NOLA, it took 7 hours to travel from Tallahassee to New Orleans and we caught an Uber straight to our hostel, the first hostel of our trip and it was located on the famous Magazine Street. When booking accommodation we found hotels tended to be cheaper as the backpacking culture isn’t very big in the States. We couldn’t find a suitable hotel for NOLA so opted to Hostelworld and booked a Hostel, Atlas House. First impressions were great, we were greeted by Sarah, she was also great and very informative. We had booked dorm beds but Sarah offered us an upgrade to a private room.

For breakfast Sarah cooked us pancakes. First hostel of the trip and first pancakes! I knew it was going to be a good day. I had peanut but and syrup with my pancakes, followed by a coffee. Similar to Philly, as we had kitchen facilities we decided to again, take advantage of it and popped to a Walmart for a few bits.

During our time in NOLA we checked out the French Quarter, including Royal Street, where we saw lots of buskers and enjoyed listening to the local bands, the famous Bourbon Street, which was pretty nutty! One afternoon we discovered the Hurricans, so spent an afternoon down Bournbon Street, Hurricans are a rum based cocktail and famous in NOLA.

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Another highlight of our time in New Orleans was discovering a Jazz festival at the Louis Armstrong park. It was a lot of fun and everyone in attendance was dancing and having a great time. The atmosphere was top notch and we found a new love for jazz music.

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During our stay Sarah took us and a few others out on a pub crawl, we went to a few different areas of NOLA for drinks and live music but ended up back on Bourbon Street. That place comes alive at night and there is always so much going on. Overall we had a great evening with Sarah and the new friends we made from the hostel.

One point i’ve forgotten to mention in this messy blog post is the food delicacies. One evening we had Jambalaya at the hostel which was delicious, a rice dish with sausages. I’ll definitely be making it again back home. Another dish, Gumbo, which is like a soup, it was OK. Oh, and another adventurous dish included Alligator! It kinda tasted like sausage. It was nice.

New Orleans has definitely been one of my favourite places of the trip so far. It has a lot of character and a European feel to it. There is lots to do and see. You’ll never be stuck for entertainment or places to eat out. Our first hostel experience will also be one to remember and we will be writing a review on Hostelworld soon! It’s also opened our minds up a little to look for more hostels. Although hotels seem to be cheaper the overall experience in a hostel seems to be more sociable and you gain lots of recommendations.

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