In Los Angeles With Diana, Mark, & Roxana
Los Angeles Travel Blog› entry 7 of 103 › view all entries
June 23rd, 2007 – by: Belluomo
A late, late start and a 20 mile drive from Pasadena to central LA got us to Roxanaâ€™s apartment near Inglewood at lunch hour. She had prepared a Romanian feast that included tripe soup, crusty bread, feta cheese, cured meats, tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes, a delicious eggplant spread, fried cheese, and pastries. Diana asked Roxanaâ€™s boyfriend Attila in Romanian what the one cheese was called and he said what sounded like â€śyou likeâ€ť. Mark responded with â€śI LIKE!â€ť. It was a delicious lunch. Her apartment complex seemed nice and safer than the surrounding streets. I wanted to meet Jerry who had driven up from San Diego to pick me up and was waiting at the Santa Monica pier and Roxy, Diana and Mark wanted to do some shopping in the fashion district in downtown LA so we arranged to meet up later.
Jerry and I headed out in order to get down to San Diego and then across the border into Tijuana to fly out to Oaxaca in southern Mexico at 1:15 in the morning. What a change to cross the border! We definitely werenâ€™t in the US anymore. I was excited to really start my journey because from here on out Iâ€™d be going deep south where Spanish would be the official language. I bid a fond and a bit anxious farewell to my country and we made our way to the airport. Leaving my hat in the cab wasnâ€™t the best of omens, nor almost boarding the wrong plane and missing ours, but the good-natured Mexicanos at the airport ushered us on at the last minute and we got into the air.
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