Apart from the beach-y weather in the South Bay, I spent at least a good third of my childhood in the San Gabriel Valley. Commonly known as the “626” (its area code), this area is located in east Los Angeles which is known for its predominant Chinese-Vietnamese community. Although it’s not quite Chinatown, I would say that the 626 has felt more “authentically” Chinese when it came to the community.
Along the coast in Cambria, California (March 2015).
As someone who was born and bred in Los Angeles for their entire life, I find it surprising that I’ve yet to write a post about my hometown. After all, it’s world-renown and it draws just as many tourists as any other place in the United States, let alone the world. With its melting pot of diverse cultures, food, and things to check out, Los Angeles is an ideal spot for people to explore, local or not.
Wrapping up our road trip this summer, my family and I spent the last two nights exploring the natural wonders of two, well-known mountains– Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens– of the Cascade Range. Both visits would be relatively laid back, which was a great way to end our short summer getaway.
While the past two days were spent in the natural landscapes of Oregon, our following day was a return to the urban environment. This time, my family and I would be hopping over the border to Washington to visit Seattle, and we would only have one night to take in the sights and sounds of the largest city in the state.