Los angeles review – America as it is

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Los Angeles , vreo 15 milioane de locuitori doar orasul , mult mai mult daca se pun si orasele inghitite in timp. Am avut norocum de a avea vizita in portul Long Beach , un oras de marimea Constantei , aflat la vreo 20 de km de centrul LA (de acolo mai sunt inca vreo 20 pana la celalalt capat al orasului. Dar bine ca au autostrazi urbane cu cate 6-8 benzi pe sens si mai nou un metrou rapid care te duce in vreo 40 de minute in centru. Long beach este statiune turistica , una foarte frumoasa chiar , au acolo hotelul plutitor+muzeu vaporul queen Mary. Ce am observat in metrou si in general prin America: multi obezi! Inteleg ca la McDonalds si la KFC e foarte ieftin pe acolo dar nu ii obliga nimeni sa bage in ei ca spartii… Exista torusi si multe fete frumoase , asiatice , negrese , hispanice , caucaziene tot ce vrei in egala masura. Alt aspect care iti sare in ochi: in metrou si cam la orice institutie publica toate semnele sunt in engleza si in spaniola. Ai sanse mari daca ceri directii pe strada sa primesti un raspuns in spaniola, pe acolo mexicanii sunt in procent foarte mare. Toate bune si frumoase pana iesi din Long Beach, uitandu-ma pe geamul metroului peisajul s-a schimbat brusc de la cladiri inalte si curatenie la ghetouri faimoase. Intre Long Beach si downtown  Los Angeles se pare ca sunt cele mai nenorocite zone din America printre care Compton city (preferatul lui 2 Pac) , South central , Inglewood , Carson. In metrou inafara de mine, mai erau vreo 2 pusti albi in rest numai negri si mexicani. As fi vrut sa fac o poza la gasti, masini low rider cu bouncere dar nu prea era indicat sa scot camera in trenul aglomerat. Pana si statiile de metrou erau pazite cu cate 2-3 masini de politie.

La fel de brusc cum a inceput asa s-a si terminat zona rea a orasului, revenind la lumea civilizata cu zgarienori , oameni de afaceri grabiti , politie , lume alba majoritora. Centrul este foarte frumos, no comment aici. E exact imaginea downtown Los Angeles prezenta in toate filmele Americane si atasata la posterele cu “American dream”. Din pacate timpul nu mi-a permis sa vad si Hollywood sau Santa Monica, care erau cam la 25 de km de centru.

Deci cum e in America ? Pai depinde foarte mult unde stai as zice, in rest ca viata , oportunitati de munca , preturi mancare , electronice , masini etc , libertate de exprimare (chiar faci ce te taie capul pe strada si nu o sa se uite nimeni ciudat la tine) e foarte tare. Nu o fi asa civilizat si sigur ca in Auckland – Noua Zeelanda dar daca as avea ocazia nu as ezita sa ma duc.

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Long Beach

Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
library tower – tallest building on the West Coast of the American continent
Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Staples center arena
Los Angeles urban freeway from the landing (here i got on the ship)

Los Angeles , about 15 million people live only in the city , a lot more if you count the small cities engulfed by it. I had the luck to have port in Long Beach , a city the size of my Constanta , located about 20 km from downtown (and from the there is another 20 km to the edge of the city (to get an idea of the size of the place) , but they do have some very nice urban freeways and more recently a light rail metro to make the trip. Long beach is a very nice resort , they even have the Queen Mary as a floating hotel and museum but it’s worth the trip to LA. The first thing I noticed in the metro and in America in general are the numerous fat people , and I do mean many , I understand there is cheap KFC everywhere but come on. But of course I can’t forget the many hot babes : negros , Asian , Hispanic , Caucasian you name it they’re all there. Another noticeable thing are the double signs everywhere in the city English and Spanish , the Hispanics have a big percentage in the population.

All good and nice until we got out of the Long Beach , straight into some of  the most infamous ghettos of America among which Compton city, South central , Inglewood , Carson , wish I could have taken a few pictures of the gangs and the bouncing low riders but I was one of the only 2 white kids on the train so pulling my camera out in the crown was not a good ideea , even the metro stations were permanently guarded by 2 or 3 police cars. And as fast as we got in we got out of the bad areas back in to civilization , with clean streets , white people , skyscrapers  , busy business people , police patrols. Downtown LA is very nice , it’s exactly like in all the scenes in the movies or the posters with the “American dream”. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to see Hollywood and Santa Monica maybe next time. So how is America? Well I guess it depends where you live there , as for the general life there , yeah sure , all the opportunities , cheap food , electronics , cars   , wages , freedom of expression it’s all great no comment here. It may not be as civilized and safe as in Auckland New Zeeland but if I would ever the chance to move there I would go without a blink J.


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