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LA Farmers Market: nonfarmers welcome


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L.A. definitely doesn’t have the first farmers market ever.  It’s not really a new idea to have a central location to peruse fresh produce.  For Los Angeles, though, in a city that is ever changing with new construction, it’s an achievement just to have something remain open since 1934.  This place has everything a tourist would want:  affordable food stands, a variety of souvenirs, and good cuts of meat.  Okay, maybe tourists aren’t too interested in raw pork chops.  But you need something for the locals to buy, right?  I mean, I doubt locals are the ones buying fun stickers and bags of caramel corn.

20
Oct 2010
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The Grove Mall: a Siren’s song of decadence


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Continuing my travels through this great city I call home, I visit The Grove mall.  Yes, this mall is deserving of a capital “The.”  It’s that kind of mall.  Walking around this outdoor shopping wonderland of Los Angeles, sometimes it doesn’t even feel like a mall.  In fact, most of the time it doesn’t.  It could be the streetcar that travels through it or the jazz standards blasting through speakers, but The Grove isn’t like any other mall I’ve visited.  It has a distinct LA vibe.  Definitely worth a look.  Just be careful on the weekends.  Parking is awful.

13
Oct 2010
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Santa Monica Pier: SPOILER, it’s made of wood


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Here’s a little ditty about the Santa Monica Pier.  The Pier is definitely a top tourist destination in the Los Angeles area.  If the carnival and amusement park doesn’t make you think so, then the multiple postcard stands and California t-shirt stores will.  What’s the best part of the Santa Monica Pier?  The Pacific Ocean.  Be daring and take the walk down to the beach.  You won’t regret it, even if sand gets in your shoes.

06
Oct 2010
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Would four ounces of chicken noodle soup cure a cold?

So I arrive at LAX a good two and a half hours before my flight. The airline suggests two hours, but why not be safe with a little extra time? I pop in line to check my bag, hand my ticket and passport to the lady, and then wait. I wait much longer than I should. The neighboring employees have helped at least three people during my time at the desk. During my five minutes of waiting, I start building a whole story about this woman in my head. How she was able to get this high security job, why her right hand is bandaged, who the person is on the button she’s wearing. Then, just as I’m about to check my watch, she informs me my flight to Dublin has been cancelled, but she got me on a flight later today. She wasn’t inept at her job; she was trying to find me another flight all that time!

I’ll tell you someone who wasn’t as helpful to me: the pilot in Chicago who “called in sick,” thus cancelling my flight. Can pilots even call in sick? And if they can, isn’t there some reserve of other pilots to step up in a pinch? It’s crazy to think an entire flight could get cancelled because one guy woke up with the sniffles. Maybe his sickness is more severe than that. Maybe he had food poisining or something. But if that’s the case, then some dude in Illinois who undercooked a piece of chicken has singlehandedly delayed international travel for hundreds of people. That doesn’t seem right. I don’t know if the pilot’s phlegmy cough qualifies as an “act of God,” so we’ll see if my strongly worded letter will get me anything free from the airline for my inconvenience. Just goes to show you can control a lot when you travel, but you can’t control someone else’s immune system.

13
Apr 2010
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Leaving on a Jet Plane

I’m traveling to Europe for a bit. First stop: Ireland. Specifically, Dublin. I’m fifteen minutes away from a cab picking me up and whisking me away to LAX. It’s been a while since I’ve traveled abroad, and I usually travel with someone else. This time, I’m going solo. Well, I am meeting up with friends in various locations, but a good chunk is just me. With my American English, limited German, and lack of a travel partner, I’m sure I will have many humorous language barrier anecdotes to share. I hear Europe has those fancy internet cafes, so hopefully I’ll be blogging as I travel. And once I get back, get prepared for an onslaught of new Travel Bug videos.

12
Apr 2010
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