Monday, January 18, 2010

New Orleans and Pittsburgh

When I arrived in Pittsburgh I thought I had met the most fanatic football fans in the United States. However, after going to New Orleans to watch the New Orleans Saints play the Arizona Cardinals, I am not sure about that anymore. I was surprised to see how excited and loud the Saints fans were during their 45 -14 win over the Cardinals. I can say for sure that in spite of many differences, New Orleans and Pittsburgh share the love of football.
On the other hand, the differences between these cities are easily noticeable. First of all, the weather in New Orleans is not as cold as it is in Pittsburgh. The temperature there was around fifty degrees Fahrenheit which made it easier to walk around the city and visit the traditional tourist spots.
Moreover, New Orleans is a city that appeals more to tourists than Pittsburgh due to its unique cuisine, the excitement at Bourbon Street and its jazz music. This lure that New Orleans has over tourists certainly makes it a city with more diversity than Pittsburgh. It is possible to meet people from all over the world there.
All things considered, New Orleans felt like a place where it is possible to have a lot of fun, but it was hard to have a perspective on what life is like to its residents. Although Pittsburgh does not offer the same tourist options, it is easier to understand the lifestyle of the locals.

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