This past August, it marked my fourth year in a row living here in the beautiful and vibrant city of New Orleans, LA. Although tough to adapt in the beginning, New Orleans has now become my permanent address and I couldn’t be happier with the experiences that I have had in it. Because of the uniqueness of the city, it truly has makes it an exceptional place to spend your college years in, and even, to live in after.
After these years that have passed, I am now able to determine what my favorite things about it are. These are my top 5 favorite things about New Orleans.
1. The Streetcar:
The oldest street railway system in the world since the 19th century (1835), the streetcar is much more than just an option for public transportation for New Orleans residents. It is where people from all over the world and backgrounds gather together to explore the city. From uptown all the way to the French Quarter, all my streetcar rides have been eventful, interesting and memorable to say the least.
2. Cafe Du Monde:
Although always crowded and loud, I have never met a single person who lives or who has visited New Orleans and does not know about Cafe Du Monde and those AMAZING beignets. A round yet squared French donut, crispy on the outside and fluffy inside, there’s nothing to dislike in that situation. Accompany this with an entire side portion of powdered sugar, its a messy treat only enjoyed in the big easy!
3. Festivals all year round:
A fact known by ev eryone, everywhere: there is ALWAYS something going on in the city of New Orleans. Whether it be Voodoo Music Festival in October, Po-Boy fest in November or the Red Dress Run at the end of the summer, there are numerous options for the people of New Orleans to go out and have a great time.
Finally, the main reason why I even ended up coming to New Orleans in the first place. The main one of why I LOVE New Orleans is being a part of the pack, that is, being a student at Loyola University New Orleans. Receiving a Jesuit education has made me a better person; because of their way of teaching which integrate the academics with the community. They strive to educate well-rounded individuals, and I would not be the same person if not because of Loyola.
5. The people I have met here:
Although not on purpose and not a reflection on the city itself, my favorite part of living in New Orleans has been the experiences and memories that I have created with the people who surround me. Although most from different backgrouds, nationalities and not related at all, I have created a tight knit community with my New Orleans family.