Louisiana, state twenty-one, by the numbers:
Total miles: 509
Total money earned: $0
Total money spent: $94.71
Other transport: $3
Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $128.57
Total under budget: $33.86
Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $40
North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $5 ($125 from $100)
National Park Interagency pass: $0 ($92 from $80)
Number of free meals: 8
Total nights spent with people I already knew: 0
Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 5
Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts: 0
Total nights spent in the car: 0
Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 3
Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 3
Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 0
Total dates: 0
Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 1
Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 5
Total “Oh my gosh, what am I doing?! Am I freaking crazy?!” moments: 0
Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 7
Specifically Mardi Gras in New Orleans – I’m not sure it matters what parade you go to, but experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans – it’s AWESOME!
While you’re experiencing Mardi Gras NOLA style, eat a King Cake, but don’t choke on the baby!
Also try CC’s Coffee House’s King Cake latte – it’s so good.
While in New Orleans check out the French Quarter, it’s neat.
Also go to City Park in New Orleans, I didn’t get to hang out there really, but it’s beautiful!
Eat a beignet. Cafe du Monde has a long line, the ones at Morning Call were just as good.
Take the green line street car to the end opposite the French Quarter to see all the big rich people houses. They blew my mind.
LOUISIANA THINGS TO SKIP IF YOU’RE CRUNCHED FOR TIME:
Drag show at the Golden Lantern in New Orleans. I enjoyed it, but I’ve seen better.
Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, it’s a really pretty building with good information on Louisiana history, but probably not worth the trip to Baton Rouge and I didn’t find much else to do there…
LSU Museum of Art – maybe just the exhibit that I saw while there, but it was pretty small and I wasn’t that into it.
Natchitoches – cute small town, really pretty waterfront area, especially Beau Jardin, but similar to others of its kind.
Red River National Wildlife Refuge – really pretty and nature-y, but could probably find something similar close to home, though it was very pretty and super peaceful.
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