South Beach

 South Beach art deco  mermaid I spent my night in Miami at The Freehand, a hostel 2 blocks west of the beach.  I met a girl who’s bunk was adjacent mine, who had travelled over from Japan and was wasting time in Miami whilst waiting for her Brazilian Visa.  I love this aspect of hostels, meeting people from all over the world and learning about where they’ve been and where they’re going.  I would definitely recommend The Freehand if you’re looking for a nice, economical place to stay for a couple of nights near the beach.  On top of having…

SUP Through the Mangroves

 Homer Simpson donut, bc America runs on Dunkin’ While driving down The Overseas highway in The Keys there’s hardly a stop which doesn’t offer the opportunity for some kind of water sports adventure.  I’ve been on the glass floor boats and snorkelling several times.  Snorkelling is not my favourite of water activities, I somehow always end up with salt water in my mouth, the goggles make my eyes bug-out and I don’t care how many buckets of bleach you dunk the snorkel into, communal mouthpieces are not part of my hygiene routine. This year while researching outdoor activities in The…

Key West

 Conch houses  Portuguese Man O’ War   Key West is saturated with roosters Just south of Miami lies a string of islands known as the Florida Keys.  Connected by The Overseas Highway, these small islands make the perfect spot for a short vacation, or day trip while in Florida.  The journey over the highway is beautiful, 120 miles of driving out into Caribbean Sea.  Adjacent the highway stands the remains of the previous bridge, eaten away by the salt of the sea (this is what was used to shoot Arnold Schwarzenegger’s True Lies).  At points, some of the keys are so thin…

On the Bayou

I have long considered Florida my second home.  It was the first place I visited outside my own country and I’ve been back every couple of years since the age of four.  A friend of mine was working remotely in The South this month and I decided to take an extended weekend to visit him.  Originally I was going to meet him in Alabama, as it is a state I have yet to visit and one at the top of my list (I am a southern girl at heart).  However, the timing didn’t work out and so I was left with…

The Foggy Bottom Boys

Our final stop in Washington was a visit to this unique bronze Einstein Memorial, before making the day long trip back to Toronto.  We were on the road following a hearty breakfast from Whole Foods in the Foggy Bottom neighbourhood of the city, named for its vicinity to the water, which rises up in a fog over the in the mornings.  The remainder of the day was rather uneventful, save for a stop to Dunkin’ Donuts, which is always a must in America!  I was shocked though at how difficult it is to find a Dunkin’ in rural New York.  It’s…

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