Hey Europe, Where Dem Beans at?

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When I think of my love for coffee I think back to my early youth, when my late grandmother would make her famous Café Au Lait. This typically included a perfectly decorated Demi (Demitasse) tea cup filled with a lot of cream, sugar and just a splash of coffee.

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Traditional Demitasse Cup

Hence the phrase, “Would you like some coffee with your sugar?”

It always amazes people when I tell them that my grandmother would give me coffee when I was as young as 4 years old. But this is pretty common in New Orleans’ black and Creole culture.

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Hello Adventure! It’s me, Kimmie

Here’s a story about a freelance writer who packed up her life for the love of travel…image4134_REV_01-1

… Yes, I am that freelance writer who gave up many things to enjoy a life abroad.

It all started in 2008. I was a “Junior” in college (That awkward state where you’re in your senior year by numbers but a few credits shy)…

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A Very European Halloween!

It was a Facebook post that put me in an instant state of depression. It started with a picture of the inside of my friends adorable shotgun home. In this picture I spied the following items: glitter, a glue gun, wine, hair spray, a fabulous purple wig and a variety of other Halloween-esq decor.

Mary's House

It only took one glance for my depression to ensue.

As I took another look, I noticed her caption, “Wine, Wigs, Glitter and Glue Guns. So happy costume season is here”.  At that very moment, I realized that I was “Halloween Homesick”.

There is only one true reason why a person may have never experienced Halloween Homesickness:

They haven’t experienced Halloween in New Orleans!

It goes without being said that New Orleans is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween. Where else do you find people that need little to no reason to put on a costume, and absolutely no reason at all to have a party.

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