A very much in-love couple who have a dream of travel and wanderlust, trying to see all 195 countries of the world.
Flights and Travel times.
How we wish you could just snap your fingers and magically arrive at your destination halfway across the planet. Wouldn't that just make our lives so much easier? Well, I wouldn't dream of wishing that, after all, isn't the destination worth so much more when you spend what feels like an eternity on the way? It really did feel like an eternity, we had our flights booked from Johannesburg, South Africa to London, and then from London to New Orleans. Our journey didn't start with a flight, it started with almost three hours on the road. We had to drive from our house to another city to get to the airport, what we loved about the arrangement is that we had an evening flight, so we got to spend some very precious last moments with our family before we flew. Honestly, no one can prepare you for that goodbye. It was the hardest part of the whole job, I mean being away for nine months is hard, you miss your friends and family. But no one can prepare you for how hard it is to say goodbye, especially when its the first goodbye. This was our first time being away from home for so long. With our goodbyes said and tears cried, we got a coffee and waited at our gate.
Sleepy Smiles and Movie Time.
With a twelve hour flight from South Africa to London about to take off, we settled into our seats and became increasingly more excited for the journey ahead. This would be Mickeys first time flying for so long and I was so worried he wouldn't enjoy it. Our stomachs dropped and the butterflies buzzed as we took off, we both love the feeling of taking off, like anything you could dream of is possible. Clutching at our arm rests and looking out of the window, watching all the buildings and cars become tiny little lights. Its amazing how you feel at peace when everything seems so big, and just as your perspective changes, how they become so tiny. Kind of like our problems and worries, they always seem so big when you look at them up close, but if only you changed your mind set (or perspective) maybe they too become tiny little lights way below you. It always looks so pretty to see the continents from above, it kind of makes you fearless. Writing this right now has made me miss flying so much, I would give anything to just pack my bags and go somewhere. After catching a few movies, getting some sleep, and eating some good food, we arrived in London. We now have a ten hour layover. What are we going to do for TEN hours?
London Lights, Cityscapes, and amazing Coffee.
Okay, we were surprisingly happy to have such a long layover, not because we could leave the airport and explore, but because we had no idea where we were in the airport and we needed time to find our gate. I know, it sounds silly, but the airport in London is enough to make any inexperienced traveler just a little nervous. After taking the train, the bus, and checking through security, twice, we made it. We had a two story building to explore, we went to the Harry Potter shop to buy gifts for some (kind of obsessed) family members. After doing so we had the freshest lemon-grass tea I have ever had, along with fried dumplings, I mean who can say no to dumplings. A coffee at Gordon Ramsey's restaurant, which was the second best coffee we had during our contract. Not to mention a delicious burger and fries later, we were on our next flight. Ten hours and fifteen minutes later we landed in New Orleans. It may sound ignorant, but we were amazed at how big the Mississippi River is from the air, we could see it right down to where it meets the ocean. Now all fingers shaking from lack of sleep and excitement, we tried to rush out of the airport as soon as we could. I will never forget how different the air felt when we walked through the doors and outside the building, this is it! We are here.
Watching the sun set through the taxi windows on our way to the hotel, we just couldn't believe this was happening, when you dream about something for so long it almost feels unreal when It comes true. The freedom we felt that day will forever be etched into our memories. The city was such an unexpected favorite of ours, a mix of new city and old pavement, of party people and witchcraft. It blew our minds, and to think we would be back in this city every second Sunday for the next nine months! Jackson Square and beignets was the first on our list, a beignet is the most delicious almost savory dough that is cut into medium squares and deep-fried, they puff up and become super light. After which powdered sugar is smothered on top and placed in a bag for you to enjoy. Its the stickiest thing I have ever eaten, and almost the best. Po'boys was up next and they did not disappoint, it was interesting that the name comes from 'poor boy'. A ways back in time, the 'poor' would buy these sandwiches and they were given the name po'boy. They almost always have meat in them, mostly a roasted beef or pork of some sort with a seafood topping of some kind, we had a roast beef and deep-fried shrimp po'boy and wow. I most definitely want another.
Will we be Back?
New Orleans stood out to us from day one. It doesn't matter how much time you spend roaming the streets or finding quant restaurants, you will always long to have more time. We were so sad to leave and we felt as if we had only scratched the surface, New Orleans will be seeing us again.
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