We've just arrived. It is hot and sticky. The wind whips around us. Hot wind.
After dropping our bags off, and a quick freshen up, we head out to a nearby wine bar. The wine flows all night - especially for some of us. I hit the sack by midnight, but Husband and his cousin stay up until 6am, determined to see the sunrise. Turns out the sun only rises at 7.20am, and they just can't make it that far.
11 October 2012 - Day Two in Miami
It's our first proper sleep-in in ages. All this traveling has meant many early mornings for sightseeing, driving and fitting everything in. But we're in Miami for a few days, and can enjoy the luxury of a morning in bed. Plus, Husband is nursing a helluva hangover. Finally, I have to pull back his eye mask, and poke him (gently) in the ribs - it's nearly lunch time, and the clear skies outside are beckoning.
After a quick breakfast, we head to Soho House with Shelley, our wonderful host, and proceed to spend the ENTIRE day lying by the pool. It is excellent.
Unfortunately this Soho House is just like the Soho House in London, and they don't allow photos. But trust me, it was beautiful.
The corridors through the hotel are wood-panelled, which creates a deep warm passage through the building. On the other side, we are met by an outdoor restaurant, filled with rustic mismatched furniture. It all feels quite weather beaten, but wonderfully so. We twist down the stairs, and end up by the swimming pool. It is long, crystal clear and flanked up palm trees. Miami is unseasonably windy, and the trees seem to be fighting with the breeze, pulled back and forth in each and every direction.
We park off on the big blue and white striped beds, armed with an endless supply of towels, great big jugs of iced water and some good reading material. Lunch is meatballs and pizza, and a couple of Bloody Mary's for some in our party.
It looks just like you expect Miami to look.
12 October 2012 - Day Three in Miami
The morning is spent doing admin. Turns out my travel insurance has just expired, and I'm in dire need of some more. Being on a road trip will do that to you.
But boy, have we got big plans for the afternoon!
It takes a while for us to get started, and we finally hit the road after a satisfying tuna salad at the Italian deli on the ground floor of the apartment building. A short drive west of Miami, and we end up in the Everglades.
We grab ourselves two seats on an airboat. There's a few other tourists on the boat with us, I can't help but size up who we would sacrifice first - should it come to that.
13 October 2012 - Day Four in Miami
Beach day! The wind is strong, almost fierce, but the sun is out, and the beach is calling. We head back to Soho House, because the striped beach loungers, fresh cut watermelon, and vintage cooler boxes of water bottles and oranges are calling.
The wind is a sneaky little one though, keeping the heat off me, lulling us all into a false sense of security - soon tan lines start to appear, and redden. After an aptly named Dirty Burger (I have to keep it in its wrapper to stop it from covering me in all its delicious juices), we head back inside, and are soon on the streets of Miami. Saturday afternoon in South Beach is a traffic jam.
[Map from Google Maps]