Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Mamas and Papas expected to feel safe and warm in L.A., the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis sang how sometimes he felt like his only friend was the City of Angels and Tupac, who wasn't even born on the West Coast, rapped how L.A. was the place to be - ''you've got to be there to know it, what everybody wanna see''. If you look at all the lyrics that are written about this famous city, you'd think it's pretty clear: L.A. is goddamn cool. After all, it's where all the stars live, it's where streets are called Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, and it's where areas as Compton and Beverly Hills are based.
LA Weekly. Julio took me to a cool Mexican place for tacos and afterwards, we bought a bottle of liquor. I have to say I've been pretty lucky with my hosts - we all shared a profound love of alcohol. I can't guarantee you that your host is gonna welcome you with wine when you use Couchsurfing, but in my case, it happened a few times! Lucky me. That night, we went to a Mexican bar, where a band performed Morrissey songs in Spanish. Mexicans really dig Morrissey, my host told me. And I could understand why, his songs in Spanish were very good.
remely - yes, extremely - bad. I know, I had to survive for three more weeks on my own in the States, but L.A. just didn't feel like the right place to practice this ability. As Kerouac wrote in ''On the Road'' (which I read in the Greyhound): ''LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; NY gets god-awful cold in the winter but there's a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle''.