Currently, I am in Miami, Florida on holiday with my family. I wanted to share a few pictures halfway through and split my travel diary into two parts for this trip. We left on the 13th of October and are scheduled to return on the 26th. I am very fortunate to be able to travel this much and I am very thankful for the opportunities I get. Anyway, we started by flying for 10 hours to Miami airport. The first night we had booked a room in a hotel near South Beach, where we met up with my grandparents. It was a short stay of one night, but on the morning of the 14th we saw the most amazing sunrise around 07.15 am (my mom and I were quite jet lagged, so we got up early).
We had breakfast in a real American diner and then packed our bags and headed to Fort Lauderdale, which is about an hour north of Miami. We rented a house through AirBnB and it was amazing: One block from the beach, a private dock to the intercostal canal, private pool and lots of space inside. The first few days we've spent hanging out by the beach, reading lots of books and eating. I've primarily been drawing and taking photos, much to the annoyance of everyone around me.
One of the days we visited a factory outlet about half an hour from the house. It was the biggest mall/shopping area I have ever seen. It was called Sawgrass Mills and I don't even think we got to see a tenth of it. Something kinda weird was seeing all the remnants of the hurricanes around the streets. There weren't many, but sometimes we would come across a big pile of debris or a house with an enormous hole in the roof. But it was nice to see lots of smaller, local stores helping out with hurricane relief sales or offers to help out.
My brother is very interested in training and sports, so we rode our bikes to the nearest playground at 7 am one morning to find a place to do pull-ups etc. Or rather, I stood around and took photos while my brother did pull-ups and other exercises.
One of the days we went to the Everglades with my grandparents. It was a 2 hour drive and when we got there we must have walked around for 45 mins without seeing anything at all. Well, that's not completely true I guess. I did see a very beautiful grasshopper. But, yeah, that was abut the extent of excitement on our day-trip. Maybe it just wasn't the right time of year or maybe we were just unlucky. On the way home we stopped at a barbeque restaurant and I swear, I have never seen portions that big in my life.
Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for the next part of this travel diary to see more pictures and read about the rest of my trip.