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The Heat and Art in Florida

We didn’t have a concrete plan when we arrived in Miami. We were like lost souls searching for the best place to go to, but big thanks to Syrelle for doing most of the research despite being sick. I knew one thing for sure, that nobody wanted to go to the Aquarium or Botanical Gardens. Haha! Most of us agreed that we should do a relaxing stroll this time since we have not yet recovered from our tiring trip in Puerto RicoDSC_5793

DSC_5777Fort Lauderdale is about 40 minutes drive from Miami. It ranks as the second most exciting city of Florida. There’s nothing much to say about Fort Lauderdale since we just went there for lunch, except that it could be referred to as a quieter version of South Beach. There’s something about Florida that seems to make you want to order an alcoholic beverage every time you enter a restaurant or bar. Haha! It always happened! When we had lunch at the Rock Bar in Las Olas Boulevard, all of us decided to order giant margaritas. Okay, it was a buy-one-get-one type of deal (and I took the free one!) and I didn’t even get to finish it because it was just too much. The food at the restaurant was good though.DSC_5687DSC_5779DSC_5795DSC_5667DSC_5758DSC_5752

The Wynwood district is, historically, one of Miami’s troubled neighborhoods. It was once an area occupied by deserted warehouses. But big thanks to Tony Goldman for turning the place into a mecca for street artists. As a dedicated lover of the arts, I was simply blown away. You can tell that the artists really spent time creating these beautiful canvases. Many of the murals were thought-provoking, edgy and vibrant. It was so much fun exploring the streets and looking at all the artwork. They said that the walls are always changing, so this area can be visited again next time I’m back in Miami.DSC_5917DSC_5945DSC_5894DSC_6123DSC_5810DSC_5974DSC_5964DSC_6061DSC_5963DSC_6164DSC_6180DSC_6099

We went also to Calle Ocho, an interesting street in Little Havana. I was really looking forward on meeting Pitbull in the area, but the heavy rain ruined my chances. Joke. 😛  We ended up in one of the Cuban restaurants on the streets. It was my first time to taste Cuban coffee and it was okay. The flavor was sweet yet intense. We also got to try the delicious papas rellenas and empanadas which were a delightful surprise treat to end the tiring day.DSC_6187miami 138DSC_6185DSC_6214DSC_6223DSC_6234

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