Miami Beach Travel Blog› entry 37 of 42 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.
The free breakfast offered was a bagel and some jam.
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.
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.