Saturday, October 18, 2008

Olvera Street, LA

This was on the metro green line going back to Norwalk. This group of kids sitting across from us were just really interesting and they caught my eye. The guy looked like a backpacker/hitchhiker and the girl in the middle was wearing a stained and slightly tattered cream silk dress that had lace. Oh and she also had a fanny pack to top it all off. Very interesting.. She looked so sweet too.. just the way she smiled and her eyes. Like she was the only innocent thing left in Los Angeles. I wish I could have gotten a decent picture of her face but I'm sure it wouldn't have done her justice.
Angel holding his metro pass. I thought it was kinda cute.. He could have put it in his pocket like everyone else would have, but he's odd like that. He doesn't like to do things the conventional way. I like that about him. 
Some puppets and sombreros next to a stone well.
I was so tickled by these.. I was so confused as to what to make of them, until Angel told me that they were cow hoof BOTTLES. Its true.. I've never heard of that before.. but its actually kind of cool. I just wonder who the first person to think of them was. 
This is the place where we ate. La Luz Del Dia. It was pretty good. I got a sweet tamale, 2 fresh corn tortillas, a small horchata, and a plate of rice and beans, all for less than $6! Thats what I call a deal. 
Everything on the whole street smelled so good! But I found out it was all meat dishes (I'm vegetarian). This led to my theory that Mexicans pretty much cook meat in everything. Angel backed this up with this statement, "Mexicans pretty much cook meat in everything". Nuff said. 
I ordered a fresh, hand made sweet tamale. So good.. Reminded me of Christmas.
Here are the ladies behind the counter kneading the dough for tortillas and tamales. I think one man worked here. haha Those Mexican women are amazing in the kitchen. Its a good thing not too many men hang around to mess things up. ;]
This is a guy I met in Union Station metro stop when we were coming back home. I just thought he looked so cool.. out of place, yet perfectly belonging. LA is so unique and strange. I love it. It makes me feel comfortable with my quirks. 
I was just walking by him and kind of staring I guess.. But he turned and smiled at me, which gave me the confidence to go up and ask him if I could take his picture. He obliged and we introduced ourselves. I'm pretty sure he said his name is Kastt, but Angel swears he heard him say Taz. The world may never know. Bottom line: Kastt/Taz has an AMAZING afro that was perfectly complimented by his circle beard (sans mustache).

This was the coolest little shop! And not just for its location and entry-way. They had my favorite flower, the moon orchid, as a candle. It looked so real, too. 

La Golondrina Cafe! This is where I had lunch on my 18th birthday. 
Some buildings through the bus window.

Luchador masks! Angel asked the lady for different types of masks from cartoon shows he watched as a nino.

Angel by a decorated fake well.
Some leaves I found on the ground while we were sitting on the sidewalk waiting for our bus.
Me and Angel. Amigos para siempo.
He was very distant and spacey in the morning.. so I gave him half of my blueberry bagel.

Overall it was a fun day. 

1 comment:

Belle said...

Great photos!!
Our fair city is full of wonderful places with wonderful flavor, and you've captured this beautifully!!