Former Cruise Ship Crew, Former Santa, Once shot a film in Spain, Italy and France; Took a puppet to Cannes Film Festival, and Worked in TV in Mongolia. Andrew Kamphey now makes funny videos and informative traveling videos on YouTube. You can find him tweeting @KampheyApproved or watch what he makes at www.Youtube.com/TravelBitesYou and he blogs over at Kamphey Approved Travel
Outside my Front Door is a series of posts by fellow travel bloggers who share what is … outside of their own front door
Los Angeles is one of the most ugly cities in the world. Filled with warehouses. The concrete allows anything to happen. But mostly a truck drives in the middle of the night, sets up a New York alleyway and makes you trudge around a snow day set to get to work. On your way home, a traffic jam is caused by a reshoot of transformers because they closed the 6th street bridge for filming. And the grocery store is a mob due to an Ashton Kutcher sighting.
A town so spread out, everything is on wheels even the food. Every Wednesday a Korean food truck sets up at my local Office Depot. A breakfast food truck sits outside the coffee shop, which only serves two things, Drip Coffee and Espresso. Food truck rallies scatter every other day around the Downtown area I live in. Downtown L.A. is starting be discovered. Only a few years ago this was a desolate area, known only for Skid Row and some large bank’s buildings. Now outside my front door is a thriving community mashup of Asians and Americans. It’s truly a gateway to the Pacific Rim. A real melting pot with lots of yumminess.
My fiancé and my travel partner taught me how to be a discerning traveler. How to pick out a good restaurant. She even taught me the finer things of Japanese culture. I wouldn’t appreciate my front door without her. I wouldn’t know what to do, where to go, what to order on the menu, and be a scared little hermit, if it weren’t for her. But here I am, her so far away, finishing a contract aboard a cruise ship. Nothing else to do but go get a bowl of ramen or a plate of bulgogi. Or what I’d really like to do is get some bbq pork buns right about now. All that and more available just outside my front door.
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