We weren’t sure that we wanted to spend any time in LA during our ride up the coast. From an east coast perspective, LA is associated with cars, freeways, smog, asthma and allergy attacks, plastic surgery, and general unpleasantness. From a nurse perspective, there are hella jobs here, so I was at least curious. The deal breaker came when I was put in touch with a lovely femme of color who agreed to be interviewed about her life (will be posted soon!). She was only free on Sunday, but we’d be getting to LA on Friday. This gave us a whole mandatory weekend in LA. We did a bit of online work and found a lovely couple of doctors on Warmshowers. They were able to host us Saturday and Sunday night, so the logistics were set!
During our ride into LA, we passed through primarily Latino neighborhoods. I saw the most dense housing I’ve ever seen in the United States. I also saw strange methods employed to teach horses to dance. The concrete river that we followed through the city held dozens of teenagers and adults alike, drinking in small groups of 2-3, and enjoying the limited darkness and solitude of that grand city.
Anne also had a friend she met in New Orleans who she knew lived in LA. He became our tour guide for the weekend. He took us to a dive bar that showed us a strange mix of LA culture. He led us on a bike ride from Culver City to Venice Beach and showed us the Venice Canal. On the way back, we had giant burritos at a tiny Latino strip mall. In our short weekend there, we experienced parts of LA that we didn’t know existed.
Here are some quick shots of what we’ve seen…