Oh, Won't You Take Me Home

Taking people home, to visit Louisiana/New Orleans, is literally one of my favorite past times. I love being able to show people where I grew up, and why I think Louisiana is one of the best places in the world. There is so much soul and culture there, it's really easy to see why I fell in love, always want to stay there, and why it's so hard for me to leave home over and over again. 

One weekend I ended up getting four days off in a row and decided instantly that I was going home. It was a spur of the moment decision, and I cannot be more grateful that I did it. I was talking to Anne about it one day at work and it dawned on me, I should make it a road trip with Anne. So we did. And boy was it quite eventful. 

We got off of work around 7pm, and were on the road by 8:30. We figured, it should only take about 10 hours to get there, it won't take that long! The catch? Anne doesn't drive, so it was me doing the entire thing by myself. Now normally I wouldn't have minded and could do it without issue, but I had worked a 10 hour shift that day, so I was exhausted. Our first adventure came in the form of a sign at a rest stop. We got out at a rest stop in Florida, and the first thing that we see is a sign that reads 'Beware of poisonous snakes.' I'M SORRY, WHAT. It was only the beginning. 

Driving for the most part was fine, until we got to Mississippi. I was so exhausted that we decided to pull over to a rest area so that I could take a quick nap. Once I napped for about 45 minutes, we decided to get back on the road. But you see, as soon as we crossed into the Louisiana border, my back passenger tire exploded. God only knows what was wrong with it, but it was gone. Luckily, not only do I have AAA, but I also have a spare tire (like a full tire) in my trunk. I couldn't exactly change the tire by myself, and I didn't want to have to wait until AAA came (because I was surprising my family), so Anne helped me out as much as she could and I practically did everything. 

It was interesting, to say the least, but we did it and we surprised my friends and family at home, AND I got to show her all around New Orleans/Baton Rouge. We spent some good quality time with my family and she got to try really authentic cajun cooking. And beignet. Oh the beignets.  We walked all over New Orleans, and drove all over Baton Rouge. I am so glad that I was able to show her all the reasons I love home, and so amazed to see her fall in love with my city too.
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