Being from New Orleans, people ask me all the time: “How is New Orleans after the hurricane? Should I go? Well, to make quite a long answer resoundingly short, Yes. Go. New Orleans is a hotbed of culture, mystery, hope and happiness, and through the live music, amazing food, and signature southern hospitality you can find a bit of yourself down there. Also, and perhaps more to the point, Katrina really didn’t do too much damage to the areas you’ll likely be visiting, namely the French Quarter and The Garden District, and what damage it did do makes for interesting viewing.