California

El Pueblo de Los Angeles

I took a break from driving and rode the train instead.

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I didn’t really have any destination in mind. I just wanted to experience public transportation and to walk instead of driving all the time.

Earlier than I should, I stepped off the train at the Union Station. More on Union Station later…

I heard music as soon as I got out of the station. Some kind of fiesta is going just across the street. I followed the beat.

I immediately reached for the camera as soon as I saw the performance.

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He must be the head chief. He has a commanding presence with his roaring shouts and the thunderous beat of his drum.

The woman in red looks fierce, like a real warrior.

The woman with yellow headdress … well … looks majestic.

The guy horned to the front, the sides, and the back. A Mexican buddy of mine told me it’s directional, the North, East, West, and South.

The last woman on the gallery looks very spiritual, like she has a healing power.

This woman below looks so free when she circled around and around and around. She’s my favorite. She looks liberated.

I’m glad she didn’t get dizzy after all the spinning she did.

I’m so glad I took that train stop. I’m also lucky I came just in time to chance up on witnessing this Aztec dance. It was so awesome to see.

Now my stomach speaking to me and I’m always willing to obey. I entered Calle Olvera …

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and instead I got a taste of Mexican culture…

… that still includes food. Can’t let stomach growls on me.

When I sat down to eat, a group of musicians played for us. The waitress danced to the tune and put on big smiles. I happily sipped on my horchata as I watch the performances.

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Calle Olvera is full of stalls selling local Mexican arts and crafts.

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It is so vibrant! I really felt like I’m in Mexico.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles really gives you that full Hispanic experience. It’s the closest I get without going to Mexico. πŸ˜‰

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El Pueblo de Los Angeles also offers a look back at the old LA. That’s for next time, including more colors. πŸ™‚

Last Call …

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57 replies »

  1. Fantastic photos! and great choice to take public transport. πŸ™‚ When we were traveling in North America, we were always driving, and somehow, while it’s very convenient and comfortable, I felt that we were not really experiencing things in the same way as when we are walking the street, or riding the train, or hanging on for dear life on a tuk tuk. πŸ˜‰ I felt almost that the car created a distance between me and my surroundings, like I was just watching everything like a movie, instead of really being in the scene. Does that make sense?

  2. I would have loved to have been there Rommel. This fiesta seemed to have an American Indian theme, but with a hint of Mexico, which is one of my all time favorite places. A meal with the mariachis singing – fabulous!

  3. Beautiful costumes, so colorful. You captured the essence of the fiesta with these shots Rommel. You were certainly meant to exit that train when you did. Those photos and the mask and other artwork remind me of a juried art show we attended while in Mexico. πŸ™‚

    • Really love the artworks. Bizarre, but real cool. You almost forget that those are skulls because the artworks are really good and the cultural aspect of it supersedes it.

  4. I’m glad you got off at the wrong station. You were able to capture magnificent cultural photos. The vibrant colors are a feast for the eyes. This was a gift you received. Something or someone was taking you to see and experience this fiesta. I hope you were able to enjoy many Mexican dishes. Great post …

  5. I love that creepy skeleton/zombie doll. It’s so weird and I love it. πŸ˜€ This looks a lot like Tejas. Um, where I live and the first part looks like where I came from in Oklahoma. πŸ™‚ He was definitely the chief. Great photos. You should take the train more often.

  6. Great series of shots Rommel, colors and cultures that fill that city is pretty amazing…and I like the idea of taking the train as well as it adds to the romance of the culture and city. The photos are great, the last one I like as it captures this dream so to speak πŸ™‚ Well done!

  7. Fantastic shots of those dancers, Rommel. What a scoop for you, and all because you decided to take the train. πŸ™‚ I love the colourful masks, hats and guitars. Did you buy anything besides your food and horchata?

  8. the feather headdresses are always so captivating…you captured the energy so well, Rommel. you’re right, one does not need to fly to Mexico, just go to California! and that last call…must be a superhero’s photo shoot moment. πŸ˜› oh, i love your recommendation list…have you read by Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath. i would say that is my favorite JS book. makes you really appreciate life. have a great week! πŸ™‚

    • Steinbeck is one of my most favorite authors. I also like that he’s from California. I love Grapes of Wrath. I haven’t re-read it though. Perhaps it’s time for me to.

  9. hey Rommel. nice work with the story and the photos. it’s great to have a taste of mexico whenever we have a chance. JT

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