6. It’s flat
So flat, in fact, that NOLA has only two hills, both of which are man-made. One was built by the WPA in the 1930s to give local children “the experience of a hill” -- if you’d like to climb it, it’s called “Monkey Hill,” and it’s at the Audubon Zoo.
7. Pretty much nothing is pronounced as it’s spelled
Phonetics have no place in the 504. Calliope St? “KAL-ee-ope”. Same for Melpomene (“MEL-poe-meen”), Burgundy (“ber-GUN-dee”), Terpsichore (“TERP-suh-core”), and so on. Also, PRAW-leens and puh-KAHNS.
8. You’re probably not going to be murdered
Yes, there is crime in New Orleans, and it can be pretty bad, but it's been getting steadily safer. Just don't treat it like Disneyland for drunks. Use a little common sense, and you should be just fine.