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I’m surprised that I’m an advocate of the tour bus, but after our first encounter in Marseille, I realized you can only learn so much about a city by walking around it on your own. So when I was offered complimentary tickets for the City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop On Hop Off Bus, I jumped at the chance. Look, man, I know you’re all about living like a local like me. So don’t stand up on the upper level, beads piled around your neck, and scream “I’m a tourist!” You’ll be fine. Here’s why you need to hop on (and…

What defines a foreign country? Is it defined by political disputes over land? Or¬†arbitrary land lines drawn on a map? Or is it more about the people, the culture, the food? The differentness from the areas that surround a place? If it’s the latter, then Louisiana is definitely another country. I turn on the radio and hear strange instruments more at home in a rural town in Eastern Europe than a bustling American metropolis. The singer whines the lyrics in a language that somewhat resembles the Parisian French I grew up studying, and yet doesn’t at all. Each day on…