I must admit that I'm glad I decided to stay in Miami for a couple of days instead of just changing planes. It feels so good to be back in the western civilization before flying to Cuba and then to Colombia. I’m staying at a place they call a “luxury hostel”, on South Beach. It is pure heaven to sleep in a good bed, be in a clean place and take hot showers. Moreover, they offer a free ride to the airport and complimentary drinks every evening so it is quite luxurious here.
“Luckily” AA fucked up the flights again so J missed her connection and had to stay here for one night. Tearful goodbyes turned out to be no real goodbyes because only a couple of hours after I had taken my flight from Kingston and left her to wait for hers, she called me to say that she was stuck in Miami. Happy happy happy. I got to spend one more day with her, strolling around in Miami Beach, Ocean Drive and Lincoln road. Unfortunately, she did not miss her flight again (and again and again and again) so she’s back in Europe now and I miss her already. :(
When she left I was seriously planning to spend some alone-time but I just happened to meet this super sweet guy S, originally from Dominican Republic, who wanted to see me again in the evening. I couldn’t say no so I went for drinks with him and then for a walk on the beach.
I also met two charming American boys at the hostel, J and B, with whom I shared some cheerful moments.
Today S accompanied me to shopping at Dolphin mall. That was not the cleverest move since I need to pack again tonight and my suitcase is already overweight but I just couldn’t help buying a few little nice things. And to resolve the problem, I bought a bigger hand bag. :) I also did some writing in Starbucks (one of my favorite past-times in Paris. For those who don't know, I have written both of my master thesis almost entirely in different Starbucks cafés, I could almost have mentioned them and the power of their Chai Tea Lattes in the acknowledgements haha), I wonder when and where will be the next time I find a Starbucks... About S, I just must say that he is one of the sweetest and kindest persons I’ve ever met. S, I’ve had a wonderful time with you and I wish you all the best for the future. I hope we’ll meet again somewhere!
Now writing this I’m at Maxine’s bar at the Catalina hotel on South beach. It is a perfect spot to sit outside, sip a cocktail and observe people pass by. The weather is warm again after some heavy rain yesterday and a band plays on the background. This is real holidays, I mean, who could ask for more? I actually just decided that this place goes to my top 3 favorite bars in the world, right after Ku Dé Ta (which apparently is now called Cé La Vi, did you know M?) in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and (of course) La Perle in Paris, le Marais.
This overly sympathetic waitress girl kept asking me if I wanted an appetizer. I told her I wasn’t hungry but to be polite I asked if they had something very small, like olives for example. She suggested I try the fruit plate which is, I quote, “small and light”. Sounds good, I said, and this is what I got:
I'm Emilia, Finnish-Parisian, a recent Master's graduate. I'm currently traveling around the Caribbean and on a volunteering mission in Colombia. I'm passionate about writing, music and different kinds of sports. I can't wait to discover new places and cultures - and share my adventures with you!