Tuesday, 22 November 2016

U.S. Trip: Los Angeles - Day 3.

The third day consisted of myself spending the day with two lovely ladies, Johanna and her friend, whom I both met at my hostel. Both ladies were from Estonia. 

Johanna had quite a reputation for an eighteen year-old, she was a speaker at TEDxYouth@Tallinn, as well as being a recipient of an award which she had to accept in San Francisco, and founded her own company, Pakendivaba pood Paljas Pala, a health food shop in Pärnu. Whilst her friend's reputation was rather absent due to the fact that she mostly spoke to Johanna and was rather quiet.

Our first stop was in Little Armenia, which ended being the biggest disappointment on my entire trip. Unlike Chinatown and Koreatown, it exhibited not a single sign of Armenian culture. The only interesting aspects that we discovered were a Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

After that disappointment, the three of us made our way to Echo Park, located near Central Los Angeles. From this point onwards, all the locations that are mentioned and shown were all the girls' itinerary.

Once we enjoyed our long walk around the park and our lunch at the boathouse restaurant, we made our way further into the heart of the city where we would explore Little Tokyo, Chinatown and Koreatown.

Little Tokyo was disappointing as it was a district like Chinatown and Koreatown. Nonetheless, it was still better than Little Armenia as it compensated by having a really cool book and manga store.

Chinatown proved to be a phenomenal district, vibrant with Chinese culture just like the Chinatown in San Francisco.

Our last stop was in Koreatown as Johanna wanted to have Korean food for dinner, and since I was Korean it was a no-brianer. 

There we had the best dinner of our time in LA. The meal's price and portions were better than the meal back home and, the best part was, we didn't have to tip. As it is considered highly offensive in Asian culture. The girls enjoyed themselves enormously which made me happy.

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