Westward Ho! Suzanne and Cem's adventure from New Orleans to Portland, Oregon. I created this travel blog so I could honor the end of one journey and the beginning of another. New Orleans -- you've been home for 11 years. You've given me tears and laughter, joy and sorrow, an amazing community of friends and a wonderful husband. You've taught me many lessons about life, about myself, sometimes painful, but always real. My excitement over our road trip to our new home in Portland is tangled with a knowing nostalgia for all that I will miss when I'm gone ... your complete disregard for conformity and mundane expectations, your genuine human interest, your joy of what makes life life (people, family, friends, front porches, marching bands, music, food, acceptance). Thank you for letting me belong here and letting me be myself. I promise to maintain some of my irreverent non-conformist self in Portland and bring a piece of you to the Pacific Northwest.