I (was) in Miami Bitch!

Trip Start Nov 03, 2010
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cheesy blog title comes from a t-shirt I almost bought (then sense kicked in!) Ha!

Ok, so this is my final night in Miami and after a pretty slow start I've done a few things, seen a few sights and had a pretty good time. 

Spent my first few days around South Beach mostly just eating at the hostel to save money, and going to the beach in the daytime. Beach is nice enough, and there is a lot of it, South Beach is about 10 miles long. Met a few good guys, and some not so good, at the hostel. Gabriel, a Swedish guy who's just out of college has been a good laugh. D and Mike at the hostel are characters, and there are an Aussie couple at the hostel who are very friendly (well they are Aussies). And then there was Nuno, I say was because he was kicked out after three nights! The guy seemed friendly enough, we all went to the beach and hung out at the hostel for the first few days. Nuno likes to tell stories: so far he seems to be a retired (because of injury) former first division footballer from Spain, who got offered a trial at Barcelona (bulls**t); a millionaire businessmen in eco-energy (bulls**t) and a man who "makes dollar where-ever he goes" (...i smell something). Seemed fairly harmless until he got very drunk one night harassed the staff and got kicked out, then called the hostel the next day saying I owed him money! Cheek.

What else have I done in Miami: I went to the Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall. That place is huge! Took 6 hours to walk round the place. Bought a few t-shirts, and really nice knit jumper which will come in great in the heat and humidity of the amazon. Also, probably won't fit in my bag.

Me and Gabriel took the Bikes out on tuesday and managed 30 miles, not a mean feat when you consider the bike only has one gear. We went to downtown Miami, mostly skyscapers and financial buildings. But it was a beautiful day and we stopped at Key Biscayne to try and find some Gators but failed. On the way back we stopped at Bayside and had dinner at Hooters! Probably the best restaurant in the world, our waitress (sorry, friendly hooters girl) Sharline liked my accent. Me and Gabriel weren't that fussed about her accent, but we liked everything else. Ended up cycling back down a busy highway into oncoming traffic which wasn't much fun.

On Wednesday we bought tickets to see the Miami Heat play the Pheonix Suns. Got to the Arena just before 7, nice cheap tickets, and bought some Heat branded shirts. The game was damn good, the atmosphere was more party than sport with people coming round geeing (couldn't think of the right word) up the crowd and handing out stuff. We expected the Heat to lose given they we're on a bad run. BUT the triple threat (basketball terminology) of LeBron, Wade and Bosh dominated and the Heat ended up winning by 31pts. Me and Gabriel ended up back at Hooters for our after game beer, we like Hooters.

And that's about it for Miami. Had a couple of nights out, Nikki Beach was fun but wayyyy over-priced, and the Clevelander was a cool place. Also, discovered a drink called 4Loco, seriously strong stuff full of Guarana, Taurine, Caffeine and a lot of other s**t that comes in a pint can. Does the job, we need some of this in England. We did go to Nikki Beach in a stretch-hummer which was funny.
Goodbye Miami, bring on South America! Think it's time to print out some Spanish and Portuguese phrases. Signing off...
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More wildlife ...

More Brown Pelicans.
Turkey Vulture - probably immature - older ones have red heads. Watch out for Black Vultures - they look similar but have a more upright stance. Both species should be common almost everywhere you're going.
The Egret is tricky. Thought it would be easy but I need a better pic. My first thought was Snowy Egret. Neck looks too long for Cattle Egret and the birds 'look' too small for Great Egret, but there's no frame of reference. They might be really big trees. I think Little Blue Heron is most likely. You'll see both on your travels.

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