The Big Easy Swept Me Off My Feet

This Vibrant City Is Not Stuck in the Past

The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood and a cultural-melting pot full of mystery, magic, and fun. (pareanogt)

On October 24, I had the opportunity to travel for the first time to New Orleans, “the Big Easy,” to attend The New Orleans Investment Conference, the oldest and most respected investment event in the world.

However, I must confess that since it was my first time traveling without my family, I was freaking out about the logistics of getting an Uber and finding my hotel. But it wasn’t bad at all. Coincidentally my boss and friend, Fergus Hodgson, was on the same flight as me.

I walked from my hotel to the conference location, and I felt very safe. I enjoyed the walk through the Warehouse District neighborhood and experiencing the city largely on foot.

Fergus had already lived in New Orleans for a year, so he was a great guide around the city.

Here we were near the aquarium contemplating the Mississippi River. (pareanogt)

The first thing we did after we landed was go to Commerce Restaurant to get a muffuletta and fries. The muffuletta is a very popular Italian sandwich, and I just loved it.

This is the the best Muffuletta in town. (pareanogt)

Something that surprised me about New Orleans was the French Quarter. It offers two different scenarios: one during daytime, and another at night.

During the day, I had the opportunity to contemplate the beautiful and antique French-style architecture in all its splendor. I also tried incredible tasty food. In the evening, I could hear music coming from every corner: jazz, rock, pop, and Latin music, even.

I was pleasantly surprised by how the oldest sector of the city could be so vibrant and modern too. I fully understood why it’s considered a National Historic Landmark and an important tourist destination.

Getting around New Orleans by streetcar is a great way to see the city. (<a href="https://twitter.com/pareanogt">@pareanogt</a>)

Getting around New Orleans by streetcar is a great way to see the city. (@pareanogt)

As for the content of the conference, there were thousands of investors that attended the event because it’s the single best place to learn how to protect and build your wealth during uncertain markets.

An evening after the conference, we were honored with Brien Lundin’s invitation to have dinner at Drago’s Seafood Restaurant. He is the event CEO. There I tried the delicious Charbroiled Oysters and a Maine Lobster. I fell in love with the food of that place.

My new favorite dish is the Charbroiled Oysters from Drago’s (pareanogt)

Last but not least, the people I had the chance to meet was probably the best part of the whole trip. Now I can brag about meeting Robert Kiyosaki, Rick Rule, and Brien Lundin. I have evidence!!

I got to know Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, at the New Orleans Investment Conference. (@pareanogt)

I loved New Orleans! And it was that kind of experience: once it makes its way into your heart, it stays there forever. In fact, while I’m writing this piece, the only thing I can think of is that I cannot wait to go back to that fantastic city.

Maybe my next time could be for Mardi Gras…

Patricia Areano
Patricia Areano is the Antigua Report executive assistant. Born in Guatemala, she achieved certification with QA101 Consulting as a software test engineer in Kirkland, Washington. She is in her third year as a law student at Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala City and is working toward certification as a Spanish-English translator. She is passionate about horse riding, and she was a member of the Guatemalan under-20 handball team. Follow @pareanogt.

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