“Pack your luggage, you’ll travel to covering the launch of a non-stop flight to Los Angeles”, my editor told me some weeks ago.
I was one of two journalists invited by Volaris (a Central American low-cost company) to joined to a group of travel agents. We spent 4 days knowing some of the main amenities in LA.
We had a very tight schedule visiting a dozen of places in just few days but I found time to detour my way to my favourite urban spots: pubs. I do it for anthropological reasons. On my field work I found some Irish brush strokes.
1. I arrived on 17th March, yes, St. Paddy’s Day. That explains why I still saw green decoration in many bars. I even found green beers in a bar of West Hollywood, 2x1 in happy hour.
2. Pints. Just in one bar, located in Farmers Market, I drank from a large glass (500ml), in the rest of places they gave me a regular size glass. I tasted at least 7 different stouts, a couple of them were crafted.
3. Guinness. I enjoyed again a pint of black stuff. The last time I got one from a keg was in Dublin, five months ago.
4. Mulligans is an irish pub inside Universal Studios. Almost real. A show of trad dance and music would be perfect to make more real their atmosphere. Yes, they had Guinness !!, but don’t make me talk about the small plastic glass they gave me. In a different place, in West Hollywood, when I ordered a pint, the glass was so short that I thought maybe the bar tender heard “baby Guinness” instead of “pint of Guinness”.
5. Yes lads, it’s true. Americans think is St. Patty’s Day. (I didn’t see any hamburger around). Look, lovely clover 🍀.
6. On Farmers Market I also found a car decorated with shamro... CLOVERS and leprechaun hats.
7. Irish roots. I met three guys with Irish ancestors. One of their grandparents left Ireland 3 or 4 generations ago.
8. Aer Lingus. On the queue checking in for my return ticket, guess what? Aer Lingus desk was next to Volaris. I was so tempted to buy a ticket in the next flight available.