I have almost a year in this wonderful city, you heard that ALMOST A YEAR, I’ve made it, I’ve manage not to run away from love!! And in celebration of me not having an overall break down here are somethings I had to learn after moving to New Orleans.
- It’s pronounced “New OAR-linz”, all though I can hear the difference my thick hispanic accent wont let me pronounce it this way.
- Bourbon Street it’s full of tourist that don’t know how to act and it smells like piss, locals take it to Frenchmen Street.
- OMG is Tuesday, lets party!! There is always a reason to get together eat and drink.
- Mardi Gras or carnival is a month-long event.
- It rains on Monday, your car windows will be frozen on Tuesday, and you’re likely to die of heat exposure on Wednesday.
- Good driving skills aren’t that necessary, as long as you are able to get from point A to point B in one piece you’re good.
- Normal food portions aren’t necessary neither; if it fits on the plate then you’re good.
- You’ll get confused and think someone is from Brooklyn, when in fact they were born and raised in New Orleans based on their accent.
- Beads are not meant to be purchased, beads are meant to be caught.
- We don’t leave our house before 11 pm if we are going out.
- Living next to a cemetery where all graves are above ground is not as scary as it sounds.
- You won’t be killed just by stepping outside; yes there is crime in Nola, but life here is not like a bad action movie.
- Time to leave the bar and you haven’t finish your drink, do not worry TO GO cups and drinking on the streets is allowed.
- Do not show your boobs during Mardi Gras, DO try to get as many beads as you can in a decent way.
- People will smile and talk to you at random times in random places, don’t be scared just smile back and chat for a little.
- If you are not into football or are not a Saints fan you better get used to hearing WHO DAT being yell out at random times.
- People take pride on their costumes for carnival or Halloween, you won’t go to a Halloween party when no one dresses up or costumes are lame, there are months, maybe years of preparation for this day.
- A Po-Boy is a sub sandwich; I had to ask what it was when I first moved.
- Voodoo is as normal as fried chicken.
- It is a parish not a county, yes I was confused too.
- New Orleanians are proud of their city, they love it and will always represent!!!
I hope these come in handy if you ever visit or move here, feel free to like, comment or share!!