This is where my family has lived for decades, and when my mother moved here 10 years ago, she found a place within walking distance of everyone in the family, and all of the friends of the family. They literally all live within a five block radius of one another.
But to me, this area is not too exciting. That's why I'm always heading south and east - down to the Barri Gothic, or El Born - where my friend Mick lives.
Yet there is something that I have noticed within La Zona Alta that I found rather curious: there are so many stores selling baby clothes. My mum needed to get a gift for her friend who just had a baby - she asked one lady on the street if "Petit Oh!" was on this next block, or the block after. The lady didn't know of that store - but named a different store on that block. We found the right store, made the purchase, and moved on noting how there were two stores selling cute-baby-clothes so close to one another.
The next day on my own, I saw this store:
What stole my attention was not just the one, but the two (2nd not pictured) goose-shaped lamps perched atop the display cases in yet another shop selling cute-baby-clothes (CBC from now on). My friends back home all know about my goose lamp that I left behind. It was something so absurdly whimsical that I loved... I digress.
This is now the 3rd CBC store in the area, and then I really started noticing a trend. Just down the street is a chain called le Petit Bateau, another chain called Tartine et Chocolat, and 2 doors down from T&C is another CBC store. WTF?
You know what I have yet to see in this area? Any of those fancy-shmancy pet stores you see all over Los Angeles - like Pour la Pooch on Beverly, or Chateau Marmutt on 3rd, or that big one that just opened about a year ago downtown.
Yes, I know there are dozens of CBC stores in Los Angeles - but I've never seen so many in such a concentrated area. It really got me thinking - is this the norm? And why are so many people in Los Angeles adopting dogs rather than starting families?
As I was discussing this all with Mick earlier today (he lived in L.A. for 10 years until 2 years ago), he pointed out that Los Angeles is a very "ME" oriented city: "oh, look at ME hiking up Runyon Canyon with my dog"... and dogs are (relatively) easy to deal with.
But starting a family? That requires commitment, and most people in L.A. are commitment-phobes. Myself included.
A part of me wants to run away in terror if I see another CBC store here in the Zona Alta because it's making me feel very self-conscious. However I moved here because I
wanted needed a change. Maybe this is one of the parts of me that needs a change?
Or maybe it was just a sign that I can find Gladys Goose for sale here in Barcelona...