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Fort Lauderdale Travel Blog› entry 37 of 42 › view all entries
We flew from Las Vegas to Fort Lauderdale, connecting In Housten. We actually flew over the Grand Canyon which was FANTASTIC, and we didn't have to shell out $200 to do it!! Due to heavy winds our first plane was delayed and so we only had an hour before our second plane actually took off! Luckily we were fine, but were told that 60 international passengers hadn't quite made it and were stuck in the terminal building.
The time difference meant that we didn't arrive in Fort Lauderdale until 7.
Since we had arrived at night, we didn't know how hot it was going to be during the day. So we left at about midday to walk to the new hostel (it was only a couple of inches on the map). Unfortunatly the map didn't have a scale, and after walking for about half an hour we were both ready to keel over and had hardly moved on the map. We cut our losses and managed to hail a cab whose driver thought it was hilarious that we had thought we could walk what turned out to be several miles.
After realising my mistake the night before I had put in the time to research a believable excuse as to why we hadn't turned up the night before, even finding out the times of connecting flights to validate our story. Luckilly the guy didn't ask too many questions and said that as long as we still stayed 2 nights he wouldn't charge us. Excellent!
The hostel was only 1 block away from the beach, a gorgeous quiet stretch of sand which we then spent the next two days enjoying. The waves were bigger than we are used to so we spent loads of time mucking about in the sea. We even saw fish swimming past, and pelicans flying close over our heads! In the evenings we relaxed by the hostel pool with a beer or two, realising that Fort Lauderdale really wasn't so bad after all!