Through my experiences, I have found that the perfect way to explore a new place is through walking. When you’re in a car, things move by rapidly, so you only get a fleeting glance. You won’t be able to explore in detail and find little wonders along the way.
Ever since I was a child, I had always used a car to go everywhere. For me, walking was not an option. Therefore, when I came to the United States and had to use public transportation for the first time, I realized that there is so much to see when you take your time in getting places. Sadly, too, I realized that I hadn’t gotten the chance to get to know my own city yet. However, I will soon go back home, and then I can start familiarizing myself.
I would like to share with you guys an experience we had in New Orleans that is a good example of why we should all walk (or at least bike!) when we travel. So we were walking down the streets in the morning, about to have breakfast, when Alysta noticed a small sign on a wall. It said “Ring the bell by the hour and get a tour of the Beauregard-Keyes House”, or something along those lines.
It wasn’t by the hour yet, so we decided to wait. While we were walking around the block to pass the time, we noticed another sign saying “Ursulines Convent”. We have heard about this before, so we decided to go in. Needless to say, the place was beautiful (we’ll talk about this in later posts). There, we met Rosalie, the woman who told people the story of the convent. She recommended a lot of places to us, such as the Gallier House, which is the house of the Spanish architect who rebuilt the French Quarter. After visiting the convent, we went to Beauregard-Keyes and rang the bell. A tour guide came and showed us around (again, we’ll discuss this in more detail later). When we were done, we walked over to Gallier house, where someone else recommended to us where to go next.
I believe that if we were traveling in a car, we would be missing so much. Of course, with so much information on the internet, we would know exactly where to go. However, it’s a different thing to sit in a car while the city passes by than actually walking through it. When we walk, we immerse ourselves into the living, breathing city. We will meet people. We will see beautiful things. We will find out little things that we can never find out unless we experience it ourselves.
So next time you travel, make sure to walk the city to get a taste of what it really is like.