One thing I love about Biola’s location is how central it is, being on the border of both L.A. and Orange county. Whether that means a quick trip to Disneyland or a small drive to Hollywood, it’s all right here in our backyard. Our campus is in between sports stadiums, beaches, major cities, and even theme parks. Recently, a couple friends and I took L.A.'s public transportation system into Chinatown for lunch and a little bit of sightseeing.

We drove from Biola in La Mirada to the Norwalk station where we bought our day passes and began our trek into downtown! The metro was really easy to use and surprisingly cheap, although it did take awhile for us to get there. This was partly because we ran into a few other friends on the way there, as you can see in the video below. They joined us and before I knew it, we arrived at Union Station.

My friend, Jeremy, is from San Francisco and so he’s more familiar with Chinatown up there. It was his first time to L.A.'s Chinatown but he seemed to be showing us around like he already knew the place. The ramen restaurant we wanted to try was actually in Little Tokyo, so we ended up walking a few blocks over.

For dessert we walked to Olvera Street because it was near Union station. Olvera Street was my favorite part of the trip because it was spontaneous. You only see it briefly in the video, but everyone started dancing the salsa in the center pavilion. Olvera Street also has a free museum about it’s place in L.A.’s history. We ended with churros and respaldos. Our entire day was filled with meeting new people and trying new things. It was great day, thanks to Emily and Jeremy!