My favorite yerba mate blend had been sitting in a hotel lobby in Hollywood for almost a week. The drive to go get it from Laguna Beach was three hours round trip. To justify the drive, I invited Nathalie to join me and made a day out of it. By 10:30 our yerba mate mission was accomplished so we proceeded to drive to Silverlake to explore a new neighborhood.
I forgot my SD card so we ended up sharing Nathalie’s camera, so the pictures below are a true collaboration!
Nathalie is part german part french, she lived in so many countries and continents that listing them would take me to long. Due to her multiple nationalities she holds many traditions and currywurst sausage eating is one of them. Currywurst is a sausage covered in ketchup and curry. When she saw this little german shop on Silverlake stopping for a taste was a must. I tend to never eat sausages but when with a german eat like a german, right?
Coming from Orange County where everything blends together in a beige palette, it was refreshing to see street art everywhere and all kinds of speciality stores each of them with a unique style.
After walking and eating for a couple of hours in Silverlake we drove to Echo Park to visit a Uruguayan friend who I have’t seen in years. He is an amazing artist that works with dying formats. He was having friends over and we joined the party. To my surprise all of the guests were Uruguayans. In classic Uruguayan style turns out we were all related in some way or another: a college professor, a friend of friend, and even a distant relative.
With a camera full with pictures, yerba mate in hand, new friends and memories we returned to our dear suburbia. Only in LA can you live such a cross cultural experience in so little time…from Germany, to Uruguay and back to the US in a couple of hours.