This post is about my podcast Visiting With Visitors where I strike up deep conversations in the French Quarter with complete strangers from all around the world.
A couple of days ago I went out and talked to strangers, and I have to tell you, as someone who would generally define himself as an introvert, it was some of the most fun I have had. I wandered through the quarter looking for people who seemed like they might be up for a chat and ended up finding two different couples to talk with. One outside of Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (Episode 01!) and the other couple in CC’s Coffee House on Royal St. The conversations went very well and I won’t spoil them here, but I will say that I feel like forged a real connection.
I also took some time to enter random shops and strike up conversations with the owners / employees. Found a great spot on Bourbon called Tricou Gifts and the manager, Emmett, was so much fun to talk with. He’s a great guy and his store sells everything touristy that you might want, from hats, to hot sauce, from t shirts to “tobacco” pipes.
Also stuck my head into Graphite Galleries on Royal where I met Taylor, the owner. He was gussying up the place, putting down a fresh paint job and doing some rearranging. I absolutely love the artwork in there. A bit too rich for my blood, but it was a pleasure checking it out and talking with Taylor. (The website doesn’t do it justice. Go there in person!)
I was heading into another shop on Bourbon when someone ran up and told me I looked like prince Eric in my tour guide costume. That’s a first! I ended up talking with her and her two friends (from Africa!) for a good hour and a half. They were moderately drunk and lots of fun.
All in all it was an awesome experience. I know some places aren’t as conducive to conversations with strangers as New Orleans, but I think it’s worth giving it a try, guys!
Well, I followed my own advice last night and headed down to the French Quarter, found some strangers, and struck up a few conversations with them. I have to tell you, it was some of the most fun I have had in New Orleans. Before I went down, though, I thought it might be cool to record the conversations so you could listen in. So I did! And I went one step further, as well. I turned them into a podcast.
It’s called Visiting With Visitors and I’ll be releasing new content when I can, but I am hoping to get a new episode out once per week. It is currently in the approval process on iTunes, Google Play, etc. but you can listen to it now by clicking HERE. You can also check out the Facebook page HERE.
Here’s the podcast description:
Visiting with Visitors is a podcast in which Trevor Scott, a New Orleans Tour Guide, strikes up conversations with complete strangers who are visiting New Orleans. There is minimal editing done to this podcast so as to preserve the conversation’s authenticity and energy. Recording these conversations is not a sterile experience. They recorded on the street with a simple microphone, so expect to hear some of the lively sounds of New Orleans in the background.
And that’s it! I have one episode up right now titled Kareem and Erin, and there will be more to come soon. I would love to get any feedback anyone might have, so please comment below with your thoughts. Thank you!