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Arriving in Miami

So, after the trials of Fort Lauderdale we moved to South Beach.


We got up early and were standing at the bus stop at 8am sharp. The manager of the hostel we were in gave us directions, which buses to get, where to change and all, saying that it would take us about and hour and a half.

Our welcoming committe


When we got off the first bus we were directed to a second bus by the driver. The driver of the second bus said he wasnt leaving for another ten minutes and that we could get to our destination (the greyhound bus terminal) quicker by walking it. He pointed out where to go and we hoisted our backpacks and trudged off. Rachel was not a happy bunny as her backpack was sitting on a rather painful sunburn. Needless to say, us being us and all, the terminal wasnt where the driver said and we wandered around trying to figure out where it might be. We had to ask several more people and walk a few more circles before we finally arrived at the terminal, soaked in sweat, near collapse and a good twenty five minutes later. Next time we wait for the bus!


We then had to sit on a Greyhound bus for an hour to take us to Downtown Miami.

Is that water cold Rachel??
once there we sat outside the station for a few minutes to get our bearings, and feed the rather skinny looking cat that was shading itself under the seat some of Rachels half melted chesse. We then headed to the monorail, having been assured by the manager of the hostel we couldnt miss it as it was the one right next to the Greyhound stop.


We discovered after we had paid our fare that it wasnt the right lline, but we could connect to the right line by going one stop on it. FOUR HOURS after starting our journey we arrived at our hostel! *curses hostel manager many many times*


We rolled up at our hostel very glad to have arrived at 12.30pm, only to be told that we couldnt check in until 3pm *passes out*. We waited it out sitting on the front deck, which was actually the front of a Quicksilver store.

Night time on the beach
When we finally got into our room we found that it wasnt quite what we were expecting. The web site we had booked under stated it was a 6 bed dorm but we should look at the diagram to be sure we understood what they meant, only there was no diagram to look at. Turns out their definition of a 6 bed dorm is a main room with six beds, then a door off to the right of it with four beds in, and another room off to the left with another four beds in it. Thats right, a FOURTEEN female bed dorm, all sharing one bathroom! On top of this wonderful surprise, we were informed that there was no kitchen or common room as the hostel was undergoing a major refurbishment and the only way to get wifi was to sit in the hallway. Oh, I nearly forgot, the air conditioning didnt work either. I can assure you that it was H.E.L.L.


The free breakfast offered was a bagel and some jam.

Feeding time at the zoo
The free dinner was served in a bar across the road, we had to get a stamp on our hand to prove we were staying at the hostel. It consisted of a scoop of rice, a limp salad and chicken pieces in some weird sauce. Needless to say I passed on the chicken and gloop and had just salad and rice. The guy serving did make me an omlette when he asked if I was veggie which was nice.


We had luckily only booked for two nights and sweated it out in pained silence before moving to a place several blocks away in the Spanish Quarter which was much nicer. It had six beds in a six bed dorm, with AC that worked! The kitchen was not a kitchen though, it had a microwave and a tv and nothing else. It meant we could eat out every night though which was nice.


We were two blocks from the white coral beach and spent at least a couple of hours each days sunbathing.

Smellyphant!!
Unfortunately I didnt apply sun lotion one day and ended up looking like a lobster.


We spent one day visiting Miami Metro zoo, which is about an hour and a half journey away. It is set over three miles of land and is very pretty. We had looked online at reviews of the Zoo and the Sea Aquarium as we wanted to go see animals and wasnt sure which we wanted to go to. The reviews for the aquarium were shockingly bad and we didnt want to give money to somewhere that wasnt looking after its animals and the reviews for the zoo were really good.


We spent a good four hours wandering around gazing at all the animals, who were mostly sparked out sleeping through the heat of the day. One of the highlights was getting to feed the giraffes. We went up onto a elevated platform, paid two dollars and got a handful of cabage leaves to feed them. We spotted a lot of lizards wandering through all of the enclosures and asked about it in the reptile exhibit. It turns out a lot of people that get lizards as pets tire of them very quickly and release them into the wild. This is not good as many are not native to the country, having no predators to keep them in check means they have spread like wildfire and desimated the local wildlife.



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Arriving in Miami
Arriving in Miami
Our welcoming committe
Our welcoming committe
Is that water cold Rachel??
Is that water cold Rachel??
Night time on the beach
Night time on the beach
Feeding time at the zoo
Feeding time at the zoo
Smellyphant!!
Smellyphant!!
Miami Beach
photo by: B-Town