Rainbows and Ponies

Hello, fellow travellers!

Last week, upon leaving New York, I made a promise of more cocktails. How fortunate that my next destination was no other than a land of tropical beaches and even more tropical cocktails. Miami, baby! 🙂

After having walked pretty much all the time while in Manhattan – and out, I walked all the way to Brooklyn, remember? but more about that another time – it was a nice change of pace to sit in a car and just drive. And not just any car…

This Car!!

I know it probably sounds stupid and even completely unreasonable to some of you, but I’ve loved the Shelby Mustang since… when did Gone in 60 Seconds come out? Haha, I’m kidding, but yeah, probably even before that. I can’t even remember.

So one thing about me that hasn’t come up, until now that is, is that I’m a big muscle car girl. I do know that most (especially American made) “muscle” cars are dubbed so because of the huge engine and the even bigger petrol consumption, but it’s not a coincidence, guys. Because I’m all for hybrid energy and cleaner air to breath, but a Challenger SRT will turn my head every day, whereas a Prius… will not.

I am also aware that these cars are only really suitable for their home roads – as wide and straight as it gets. They’re not particularly agile, and the fact that very few of them have manual gearboxes makes it even worse. But for the 15-year-old petrolhead in me, stepping on it on a nice long highway was a dream come true 🙂

With that out of the way, it was time to park the steed for the night and hit the beach. Why park it? Because we come from Europe where drinking and driving is not inevitable, and, therefore, we’re not used to doing it. You’ll know it was a good call when you see these:

This is not an illusion. These drinks really were that big! And they had not cheaped out on the liquor, either. So we were pretty happy, paying about the same we would pay for a regular cocktail in Switzerland and getting three to four times the quantity. God bless America! 😀

It was also a pleasant way to wait out the rain downpour. You’re probably thinking: Rain? In Florida? Oh, let me tell you, it doesn’t rain, it literally pours in the Sunshine State.

Our only chance to see the streets empty

This might not show that well in this picture, but I could literally not see the next bar from people just two minutes before it was taken.

However, since it’s still Florida, it rained for about 10-15 minutes, then it was nice and fresh for about five more, and then it was back to the normal (I’m guessing) heat, even on the promenade.

It was rather disappointing not to have (or at least not to see) a big bright rainbow after such rain. The closest thing to a rainbow I saw was this store window:

Apparently, that’s what you wear in Miami.

Nevertheless, we had a great day at the beach, even though we got sunburnt.  Especially those of us who are not used to getting sunburnt and did not put sunscreen on; I was slathering SPF 45 non-stop! Wouldn’t you, with this weather?

It looked almost exactly the same down the other way. Just mirrored 🙂

And what is a great way to end a typical seaside vacation day? After getting the salt from the ocean off and some soothing after sun cream on, it was time for…

…and a beer.

Cocktails, of course!

I’m sure we can easily be accused of acting like elderly people, who’ve moved to Florida for the weather, but I will admit we did not go on a bender that night. We only had a weekend in Miami and they have TWO Hard Rock Cafes there! 😀

Also, the sun took its toll and we had a lot of ground to cover the next day, so early night it was. Come back next week for some more Florida pics. The weather will be great, I promise! 🙂

xx, y.


About Yoanna Novakova

Yoanna is a reader, writer, traveller, concert goer, hiker, drinker, thinker and, of late... a blogger. She's currently doing a lot of travel writing (obviously), but fiction, fantasy and life-writing all have a representative in her portfolio. A reader of varied tastes, she's even been called "strange" for enjoying Stephen King and Terry Pratchett alike. In her pre-teen years, she used to be the kid who'd re-read her favourite books over and over again. Now she knows life is just too short for that. Always reading more than one book at a time, always writing more than one project at a time, she is yet to find her perfect pace. But she's working on it!
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