There is a trend among immigrants that shows that more and more of them are moving to more mid-western areas of the U.S. rather than living in major cities like Los Angeles. My family is proof of that. This weekend I’m visiting my parents here in the greatness that is Utah after leaving the nest egg to find my own way through life a year ago. There’s nothing like a 14 hour road trip to calm the mind and spirits. It’s also a good time to reflect and rethink things in life like school, work, relationships and all that good stuff. The change of scenery and clean air certainly are a welcomed changed as well. Life in L.A. is hard and fast. It’ll drain you of your youth and spirit and leave you a husk of a person bitter and brittle. That’s why they decided to move.
Here in Utah, they live in a three bedroom aparment with two separate bathrooms, a laundry room, ample kitchen and living room for $550 a month. That’s something that’s unheard of in L.A. After a year living here, they have managed to open up and establish their own mexican food restaurant. There is little to no competition out here so they have become extremely popular with the locals, both ethnic and anglo. Honestly, there are few places in the entire U.S. that allow a non-english speaking immigrant the opportunity to open up his own business, buy a home and raise his family, Los Angeles is certainly no longer that kind of place.
Of course they still struggle, just like anyone else would but it’s easier for them here than it was back in L.A. Here they have basically monopolized mexican food because they know how to prepare major dishes like enchiladas, tortas, carne asada, burritos, tamales and all that good stuff better than all the other mexican restaurants. Maybe it’s because their food feels and taste more home made rather than something that was just popped into a machine and reheated. L.A. is nothing but competition and struggle to bring in customers and keep them.
The life styles are completely different as you can imagine and it takes some getting use to if you plan on living out here. For example the bus service here is free, you can’t really walk anywhere because nothing is within walking distance or there isn’t side walk to walk on and everyone drives everywhere in their truck or SUV.I myself couldn’t handle it and after two months I got my brown butt back to L.A. where I can skate anywhere, take the bus everywhere and people watch till the cows come home.
Yes life outside the eastside is significantly different and whiles there’s nothing wrong with wanting to own a home and raise a family in a safe environment, I’m too young and hardheaded to be tied down to a simpler way of life. Besides getting to see my family after so long and sorting things out in my head, my trip here made me realize that there is only one place in the world that I can truly call home and that’s the Eastside.