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Miami, You’ve Got Style

“Blue skies, sunshine, white sand by the mile!”

However, not many blue skies were to be found on my trip like The Golden Girls sang of. Even though it rained the whole time I was in Miami, it was still such a fantastic trip!

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I got to visit one of my best friends since the 8th grade (!) and it was so great hanging out with her for a few days. I honestly didn’t know much about Miami other than what she, Will Smith, and Pitbull (or Armando as my friend calls him) had told me, so it was great going to a city solely to visit a friend and see the parts of the city she loves.

IMG_2169View from her balcony

I worked a couple of days in the beautiful community space at her apartment complex with this view.

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IMG_2179Her adorable pup, Lola!

My first day there, we got a great seafood dinner at Boater’s Grill in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. It, of course, started raining, so we had dinner with some wine, watched a pelican swim on the water, then called it a night.

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The next morning my friend signed up for a duathlon on the beach, and there were sunny skies on the way there! Right when she started swimming, however, it started pouring and of course didn’t stop until she was done with both the swim and run. She did great, though!

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IMG_2187Key Biscayne – site of the duathlon
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proud friend right here!

We drove to Hollywood, FL, to meet friends and eat at a cute and delicious Brazilian steakhouse, then walked along the boardwalk. It was a steamy but nice night to walk past restaurants, bars, and some residences that are right next to the water.

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IMG_2227This sign is hilarious – and terrifying.

After Hollywood, we went back to Miami to Little Havana! We went to historic Ball & Chain and watched a great Latin band and had mojitos, of course.

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Since we couldn’t do much outside because of the weather, we went to the amazing Frost Museum of Science. We saw a short film about asteroids in their planetarium, and went to their impressive aquarium. We absolutely loved it!

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IMG_2291manta ray
IMG_2298Best photo bomb ever

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IMG_2309friends for over 20 years!

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IMG_2316I love stonefish!

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IMG_2324barracuda
IMG_2334lionfish – one of my favorites

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IMG_2404I love that their tentacles look like asparagus

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The planetarium and show was so so amazing. I’d never been to one, so I was absolutely enthralled by the show about asteroids.

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View from the rooftop of the museum

We had a delicious seafood dinner at Monty’s at the Miami Beach Marina. I love birds, so it was wonderful seeing all the different types of herons!

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IMG_2454green heron

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IMG_2459Can you spot the three herons in this photo? One is well hidden…

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We also drove through touristy South Beach – the spot where all the partying happens. This is the only picture I took…haha

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Since I flew out of Fort Lauderdale, I took the ridiculously comfortable Brightline from Miami to their station in Fort Lauderdale, then a short car share to the airport.

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It was such a great trip, and so so fantastic visiting with my friend for so long. I hope I make it out to Miami again, and this time with sunny weather!

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