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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90042, Highland Park

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An aisle at Galco's Soda Pop Stop

Dear ——–,

In honor of the All-American weekend, I went to Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, where you can find practically any kind of fizzy drink. Every time I go, I have to have a theme or I get overwhelmed with choice. This time: root beer and related spicy sodas. I left with five different kinds of root beer, two kinds of birch beer and a bottle of sarsaparilla. When I go to Galco’s, I also have to stock up on some other hard-to-find favorites: Thomas Kemper’s ginger ale and Cheerwine. (I only went wrong once there — stay away from the spruce beer!) Galco’s also features an alcoholic section, where you can get beers and ciders from all over the world, and old-school deli and “vintage” candies. It’s kind of a strange outpost in a rapidly changing part of Los Angeles — many of the other stores there do all their signs in Spanish. But the whole area is full of mom and pop stores, so maybe that is a deeper part of the Highland Park character than language.


Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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