Day 1-2, London to Miami

Trip Start Jul 03, 2008
Trip End Sep 19, 2008

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Nine hour flight seemed like a long time. Customs man at Miami airport quizzed me why I was traveling on my own and asked if I'd get lonely, I suddenly felt very lonely.

Got the J bus through Miami, which looked like a dump, then waited on my own for an hour for the connecting bus to take me through Miami Beach to South Beach. I missed my stop and ended up back in Miami City. After another bus ride and a 40 minute walk in the heat I found the South Beach Hostel. Seemed a scary place, lots of Americans rapping in the bar. Found my room, which was worse than a prison cell.

Met some English guys - Dan, Christian and Sanjay, and some Germans - Tom, Tom and Beni. Went for a drink at Lincoln Road then went to sleep

Friday 4th July

Woke up at 6am because of hour change and went down to the beach. Seemed nice, lots of people jogging. Saw where Versace was shot.

Most people woke up at 12 and we went for a breakfast at Big Pink - a very American cafe with massive food. Even fruit salad is sold with a bucket of chips. Bought Steph a t-shirt.

Went back to the beach. Went swimming and then went on a mission to walk to the end of the South Beach Pier, a mile long line of large rocks covered in barnacles. Nearly made it to the end but our feet were bleeding too much so we swam back to shore with snorkels (looking out for sharks attracted to our blood).

Found out Christian and Dan were on PPL pilots training program just like Tom Eylek did in Florida. 4th July so big parties expected, but at 4pm a massive storm came in. Saw some fireworks but pretty rubbish. Played drinking card games with Christian, Dan, Sanjay, the Germans and three Australians, then went to bed.
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