SPRING BREAK MIAMI!!!

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BEACH at sunset!
It has been a while since I last wrote on here. Since my internship in HK did not work out, and I have decided to return to MD to continue my studies (which I have already completed by now), therefore, no exciting traveling for me for a year already. Unbelievable. I have lived a mundane year!
Despite my geographical stability, one of the only two out-of-state (other than NYC home) trips I have taken was to Miami and Orlando, FL for spring break. Must I say, it was very fun.
We first flew into Orlando, and rented a Thrifty car. The reason why I went for Thrifty was because I thought it was at the airport; it turned out I had to take a shuttle to get to the rental point, which I found a bit.
We went for some hookah one evening.
.. annoying indeed. Got my rental car after a bit of drama (they would not waive my underage fee), we proceeded driving down to Miami immediately. Using Edwin's GPS, it was a very pleasant drive. It is mostly because they weren't that many cars, and also because it was very sunny but not too hot that day.
I believe it took us a little over 3 hours to get to Boca Raton, where I stopped by Sara's place. It was nice seeing her again after Beijing. Her house looks adorable; it looks like some Mediterranean house. Instantly, I felt like I was finally on a vacation. From Boca we drove into Miami, traffice visibly got much busier, but the trademark Miami began to appear. It was pretty hot by the time we got to Miami.
more beach!

We stayed at the Clay Hotel, and I absolutely ADORED it. It was situated on Washington Ave. Although I would not say it is in the heart of everything, it was definitely a pleasant walk from everything. A huge plus wasthat the hotel was literally a block or two away from the beach, in other words, we could get to the beach under 2 minutes. It was practically living on the beach without paying the price. Speaking of the price, it was the best deal of the whole trip. We each paid $120 for 3 nights, for a small nonetheless cozy room, with private bathroom and a window AC. The room isn't glamorous, but since we only slept and showered then, I couldn't care less, especially with the price we paid.
Hope I have covered enough of the logistics to begin talking about how much I missed being on that trip.
the lovely tapas restaurant
Samantha and I hung out on the beach everyday. Every morning we woke up, skipped breakfast, changed into bathing suits, off to the beach for the whole day. Fell asleep on the beach, occassionally dipped in the ocean, gorgeous-people watched, and snacked. We decidedly buy some snacks and water to have on the beach and I believed that had saved us a lot of money and time. About the beach, since I usually don't like crowds, the beach was definitely my cup of tea. It was populated enough so that you wouldn't feel like you are missing out, but it was empty enough to have my own comfortable space and to rid of much self-consciousness in a bathing suit. =-) I thought about trying to get to THE spring break beaches, where tons of college students drink and dance and MTV or Girls Gone Wild films, but I thought I'd rather stay on the quiet and beautiful side of things.
our hotel. Rather small, not very fancy, but quite cozy and enough for us.

I must not forget about how important it is to put on sunscreen EVENLY. Since I was about to fall asleep when I realized I have not put on sunscreen, I only spreaded the lotion on my face and body so unevenly that... when I woke up, strips on my face were burnt, and my hand prints were definitely visible on my body. (Nightmare for another 2 weeks!)
Oh how could I forget the restaurants!!! Every night Sara, Hana + frd, Samantha and I would dine on Lincoln Ave. The restaurants are all lovely and trendy, providing very diverse food. My favorite meal was with a Tapas restaurant (couldn't remember the name of course =-T) I love love love Tapas now even though I am still not sure what Tapas is exactly. The waiter was super "friendly"; in fact, he asked me to marry him. And of course, without a second thought I said yes. He would be my... 3rd or 4th husband? He also recommended a very nice bottle of wine to us which I thoroughly enjoyed. Although most restaurants are really nice, they are all relatively pricey. Yet, like I said to Samantha, the money we saved elsewhere, if at all, at least we can spend it on good food!
It is not my intention to write an ESSAY in my trip, and I still want to type another entry. So I hope pictures really say 1000 words.
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BEACH at sunset!
BEACH at sunset!
We went for some hookah one evenin…
We went for some hookah one eveni…
more beach!
more beach!
the lovely tapas restaurant
the lovely tapas restaurant
our hotel. Rather small, not very …
our hotel. Rather small, not very…
how can we forget all the pimp car…
how can we forget all the pimp ca…
driving from Orlando to Miami. Fun…
driving from Orlando to Miami. Fu…
Where our hotel is. Very cute neig…
Where our hotel is. Very cute nei…
Where our hotel is.
Where our hotel is.
A VERY VERY burnt us.
A VERY VERY burnt us.
Miami
photo by: ellieperla