new orleans is in pretty close proximity to the town i graduated high school from. which is great, because it's easy for my friends to come visit, and there really is no excuse for me to not visit home (which i never do... oops). and even when people come visit and we can't meet up, everyone always wants to know where is a good place to eat? what are some locals-only spots? where can i go where there will be no tourists? and i'm always happy to help, but there's so much to see i often forget to mention everything, so i thought i'd start a new running segment on where and what to do during your stay in the crescent city (i've never heard a local call it the "the big easy" fyi).
i took the opportunity to explore downtown outside of the french quarter during the blissful weekend before classes started, and stumbled upon every health-consious millennials dream: a coffee shop and juice bar under one roof. and it was everything you'd expect it to be: a cardigan and skinny jean clad crowd, headphones in and MacBooks charging. cute baristas with that confusingly attractive kinda dirty look. the inevitable mother in head to toe lululemon picking up lattes and fresh croissants on sunday morning. it was something out of my dreams.
everything was amazing. the bright windows and interior gave off a fresh and unintimidating vibe that some places like this can have. friendly staff. delicious pastries and quiches. and all moderately priced. if you're looking for a bit of LA in the state of LA, this is your spot.
so what else would you like to see in new orleans? more restaurant reviews? recommended museums? where to get the best soy latte in the city? sound off in the comments below.
the world is a very big place. you’ll come to realize this more and more, especially when you fly the nest. did you know that you need to get through about five levels of conversation in swahili before you can actually say “i had a bad day” because it’s not considered polite to do otherwise? or that people in east africa often speak three languages by the time they reach college?
did you know that sometimes it can be cheaper for you to study abroad for a semester than it would be for you to study in america? did you know that some schools will transfer your financial aid so that it applies still when you go abroad? did you know that there are programs dedicated to helping students like me like you to travel the world and learn cool new things? whaaaaat. yes, it’s real. google it.
let me broaden your horizon and tell you that it’s actually quite possible for you to travel to far-off amazing places where the natives think your name is weird and your accent even weirder. guys, the planet is so awesome and big. i don’t know about you but i have this intense desire to wander and screw money or time because i want to explore.
i think that we often grow up with this equation in our heads: highschool + grades + ACT = diploma + college —> college + boy = husband + career = the rest of your life. well let me tell you that life doesn’t have to be that way girlfriend, or boyfriend whatever. take a gap year, or study abroad for a semester. come to scotland with me and milk goats to pay your way through it. it can be done. it will be done. and we’re going to do it. limits exist because you put them on yourself and i know you’re bigger than that.
close your eyes, spin the globe, and point
mary “all we do is encourage teenagers to rebel” lynn
documenting the fun years.