The last time I went to New Orleans, some good friends of mine suggested that I call a good friend of theirs. He was an enthusiastic ambassador, they told me, always willing to share the city with visitors. Indeed, this was true. Jackson (code name, of course) was an incredible guide, taking us to bars and restaurants we loved, hip music spots we never would have found by ourselves, and other local hangouts.
It was awesome. (Thanks, Jackson!).
When we went back to New Orleans this year, we got in touch with Jackson again. This time he invited us to join him and his wife, Sophia, at a benefit for The Front, which is a nonprofit artist collective. It was something we never would have known about on our own.
Super fun, very New Orleans, packed with hipsters and artists.
It was just perfect for the end of an action-packed day in New Orleans. The art, venue, and crowd were all interesting, and the hot dogs and ice cold drinks totally hit the spot. We loved the chance to experience something off the normal tourist circuit; it enriched and enhanced our trip.
Ginger and I are already starting to think about our next meet-up. We’ve decided that we’re going to go to a place where we’ve got a friend connection, because that ended up being the best part.
In other words…
Two airline tickets: 50,000 points
Four nights in a hotel: $500
Having a local friend: priceless
Here’s to Jackson!