A book day downtown

I have now been here almost a week and produced two, three blog posts. I blame jetlag and Instastories. The former because it makes me fall asleep after dinner, the latter because it gives me the illusion I’ve already shared everything there is to my adventures here.

So in order to get anything documented, I will now ignore the chronical order and start with where I am – today! Today I biked all the way to downtown all alone without getting lost once. I also did not get involve in an accident. (I became the victim of bike theft in the evening though but I will not go into it further because it ruins my mood and also my story.) As I stopped at a red light, a man called “Nice bike!” to me. When I arrived at City Hall and took photos (of the building, not of me biking), a local came to me and asked if I was a student or a tourist. (Apparently only those two ride bikes. I am also very flattered to have been asked if I was a student twice already in this city.) He asked if I was comfortably biking in L.A. to which I replied yes, an unsatisfactory answer to him. “You should really watch out. All these homeless people. This isn’t Germany, you know”. I am still trying to understand the connection between biking safety and homeless people.

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At City Hall, I went up to the Observation Deck and observed L.A. from above. On the way up there, I passed through the room highest up, a fancy gallery kind of space, where some Korean Award Ceremony was held. I liked the inscriptions on the walls about democracy, which made me think about the European elections.

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Mostly because the name sounded so nice, I went to the Angels Flight. It’s a a 117-year-old funicular and the world’s shortest railway. Upstairs you find mostly office buildings so after a short while of looking at local office workers eating lunch, I went down again to find my own lunch – at the Grand Central Market. The amount of choice in this country never ceases to amaze me and Grand Central Market was no exception. It took me more than half an hour to decide what I would get.

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They even had German food

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Test ate a bread roll. It was very acceptable.

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They send you home saying “Go with God” in Spanish.

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You could buy dried fish in bulk at the market. Why?

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I opted for Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I wasn’t aware of how not zero waste this meal would be.

For the afternoon, I had lots of plans. I was going to go on a tour of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, go shopping, see the library…I would just quickly pop into the famous “Last Bookstore” before. Turned out that bookstore is what Instagram is on a week night when you are supposed to go to bed early: you just can’t even get out of there again. The “Last Bookstore” was, however, considerably more inspiring than Instagram tends to be. It’s not only a bookstore, it’s also kind of an artsy space, a hang out and marketplace where you can sell books and buy crafts from other in-stores. I literally spent two and a half hours there and had to disclipine myself to move on. A wonderful place!

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Book tunnel

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I couldn’t resist and bought an Archie comic

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Spanish books for the kids of the pueblo

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Many beautiful and progressive children’s books

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There were some really good parenting books there. I briefly considered buying one, but neither did I want to feed any grandchild dreams nor freak out A.

Can you ever have too many books? Hmmm, yes. Which is why I love libraries. You get all these stories but you don’t need to have a huge house (or a huge budget). The L.A. Public Library has done me so much good. Emily lets me access their ebooks on my Kindle through her membership and I have been reading so much from there! Naturally, on my tourist list, the LAPL was a sight I had to see. And what can I say? It’s amazing.

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On the outside, they have quotes about reading

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The first thing you see when entering is the Short Story Dispenser. Pick how many minutes you want to read (1 or 3) and it prints you a story.

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In one of the hallways, this majestic globe is the lamp. Marvelous!

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The entrance to the children’s library is decorated by kids’ paintings and statements. “I love the library because it has books”.

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The former library catalogue is today a place for plaques with names of donors. I have noticed that there is barely anything that is not the “Dr Verna and Thomas Johnson Hall”, “The Hannah Scott Center for Dentistry” or “”Smidt Welcome Plaza”. Every little thing is named about someone who paid for it.

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In light of recent events…

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The adult fiction section is not as pretty but so abundant! I put ten new titles on my to-read-list on Goodreads!

New books on Goodreads to-read-list: Elisabeth Cohen, The Glitch; Elizabeth Noble, The Reading Group; Leah Franqui, America for Beginners;Ā  Katie Williams, Tell the Machine Goodnight; Viet Tanh Nguyen, The Refugees; Celeste Ng, Little Fires everywhere.

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