Miami's Vices

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
Trip End Jun 25, 2009

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Friday, May 8, 2009

It's safe to say that Miami is a crazy place! We left Ecuador on 23rd April and as we had to fly through Miami we decided to stop over for a couple of days. We stayed in South Beach which is probably the nicest area of Miami, but was a bit of a shock to the system as is all so in-your-face, loud, brash and between you and me, a little bit trashy!
Fortunately though we had hired a car for a couple of days so were able to explore outside of the city.
We spent a day driving down the Florida Keys to Key West, which are a string of islands off the southern tip of Florida, connected by a road - all very chilled out and Carribean-like. On the way stopped at......trumpet fan fare please......THEATRE OF THE SEA!!!! Sounds very overdramatic, but was actually brilliant - dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows - and was all very impressive. Did you know that parrots have an IQ equivalent to a toddler (and Chris of course).
Key West , which is the final island/town on the Keys, was bonkers. We happened to be there on the day of their 'independence' celebrations (at some point they were annexed from the US due to naughty behaviour and formed the Conch State). This involved all the boats out in the harbour sailing in circles throwing food at each other and airplanes and helicopters dropping toilet paper 'bombs' on the boats from above. Bonkers.
We also spent a day in the Everglades where we hired bikes and explored the dry bits. All very beautiful and very surreal cycling along spotting wild alligators chilling out in the water ways next to the path!
After some minor confusion and a bit of mild panic we managed to turn up at the airport on the right day and left Miami bound for the next part of out adventure, via Heathrow, to Tanzania....
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