Destination DTLA: Wandering around in Union Station and Chinatown. Day 8 Travel Blog
After days of procrastinating, I've managed to drag my lazy ass in front of my computer and take a trip down memory lane all the way to when I was living in Los Angeles. In today's blog post I'm going to show you my day trip spent wandering around The City of Angels, embracing the warm ever so pleasant Californian sunshine and taking photographs of several interesting tourist spots across Downtown LA. You will notice the theme of this blog is culture blend and multiculturalism. Much like New York City and many other big cities all across the globe, As I've said it numerous times before one of the things I love about LA is its cultural diversity and acceptability. So sit back, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, and enjoy!
|The palm trees outside of Union Station|
|Somewhere in Chinatown|
|Outside of Union Station|
|The architectures in Chinatown|
The shops' signs are a mixture of Chinese and English and so are the local residents. Just walking down the streets of Chinatown, you hear people communicate in five or six different dialects. Most of them originally came from different countries in Asia and somehow found their way to the United States before settling in Los Angeles. Some greet each other in Cantonese, other speak Chinese mixed with English. You could even catch some Vietnamese and Filipino here and there. They all have something in common, a story to tell. A story about adventure, a journey to a foreign land. Why they decided to leave their own country, where did they find the courage to embrace a completely different culture and managed to survive in a place so far away from home. These are just ordinary folks, but these are the people that I'd love to sit down talk to. You get a sense that they are not afraid of change and accepting others. I remember taking it all in and just thought: This place is where cultures intertwine and form their own way of lifestyle, and it's so damn beautiful!
|In front of Phoenix Bakery, Chinatown|
|The statue of the founding father of the Republic of China.|
|Chinese New Year decorations|
During lunch time I and my cousin found a nice Pho restaurant and we ate there. The place is called Gigo's Cafe & Deli and I gotta say the food there is amazing. Besides the Pho I had to try the LA Chinatown version bubble tea and it was a little too sugary and sweet for my tasting but overall it was a nice restaurant, plus they got 4 stars on Yelp! I will put the restaurant's info down below in case any of you ever wanna check it out yourself.
Alright, it's currently 11:45 at night and I guess it's time that I stop typing/talking and go to bed. I was going to include my experience with the lovely Olvera Street in this post as well but then I realize it would be an incredibly long post and you guys would probably get bored so you will have to wait for it :D. Anyways I truly hope that you enjoyed reading my experience to Chinatown and I will see you guys in my next blog post. Until then, stay curious!