Oh Dear, what can the matter be
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So, we flew from Las Vegas to Fort Lauderdale as it was cheaper (much) than flying straight to Miami.
We had to get up at 6.30am to catch the airport shuttle at 7.30. It dropped us at McCurran airport, which was just behind the main strip. We checked in and then got ourselves a hearty breakfast as our first flight only served a snack midflight.
We arrived half an hour later than planned and speed walked our way through the terminals as we were meant to have checked in at least 45mins before take off. Turns out we need not have worried as our second plane was delayed too. We realised we were quite lucky in comparison as there were 60+ people that had also been delayed and had actually missed their connecting flights, meaning they were stuck at the airport on standby tickets.
We lost 3 hours travelling from Nevada to Florida so arrived at 7.
I spoke to a lady and apologised for being late. I said we had booked via a website for two nights and gave her our names. She then replied tht she had no idea who we were, she had no booking for us and the place was full so had nowhere to put us! Needless to say we wernt impressed and were very worried about where we were going to sleep, the beach looked like a viable option.
I was placed into a room which had 3 other girls, Rachel was put into a dorm with guys, hehe. After we had dumped our bags we went out to find dinner, stopping at Denny's as it was the closest.
It didnt look far on the map so decided to walk there. We realised it was a mistake to try and walk it after we had passed dozens of roads but hadnt moved even a milimetre on the map. It was also blazing hot and we were both drenched in sweat so we flagged down a cab and enjoyed a breeze filled journey the rest of the way, which turned out to be a heck of a lot further than we thought. We made up a sob story about being one of the many people that had been delayed and missed their connecting flight to tell the hostel, hoping he wouldnt charge us for our missed night. Thankfully he didnt and we were checked into our room with no problems. We then grabbed a towel and headed for the beach, which was half a block away.
We spent the rest of the day sunbathing on the beach and jumping through the waves in the sea, thoroughly enjoying ourselves. We enjoyed ourselves a bit too much though as we forgot to reapply sun lotion enough and ended up getting burnt. Rachel has a very red back and I have two red arms. We were more careful the next day, making sure to keep covered. We didnt stay out as long either, but this was due more to the fact that it started raining then our common sense.