Friday, December 27, 2013

Bienvenido A Miami

Our breakfast in Miami was a collection of foods I'd never had before that I'd found at the local supermarket the night before. Particularly odd were the Florida avocados.

They were giant, round, shiny, and bright green. They didn't taste any better than run of the mill avocados, though, so I didn't really see the point.

Another funky thing that we tried was turrón, which is sort of like a nougat made out of honey and ground nuts. It was kind of like a sweeter, firmer bar of peanut butter. 

We tried to hit some classic Miami spots, but the rain seemed to put a bit of a damper on things. We made a stop at Calle Ocho, a well known little street that has Cuban roots. There is a place that makes cigars, a place where old guys play chess outside, and an old timey movie theater that plays movies with Spanish subtitles. We took the short version of the tour due to the rain, but it was still fun. I of course had to bust out my finest guayabera and have a Cuban sandwich at a little cafe. I'm sure I fit right in.

The Biltmore Hotel

The rain and terrible parking opportunities caused us to not spend too much time in Miami. We took a little drive across the bridge to Key Biscayne, which provided some nice views.

Lot's of driving around provided us plenty of time to sing, and debate the lyrics of, Will Smith's 1997 "Miami".

The area was also a cruise ship port, which amped up our anticipation for our own upcoming cruise adventure.

I saw some fallen coconuts laying on the ground in a country club type area right off the road, and I figured "shouldn't these free coconuts be my free coconuts?"

We then drove our coconut-laden rental car to its final destination: Port Canaveral!

Fact: coconuts don't open themselves. Fact #2: the quality of road-side discovered fruits and vegetables varies widely.

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