Welcome to Miami...the first days...

My friends, I have arrived.

Friends, where do I start? I am in Miami, the city where I grew up and that I consider my second home. I have arrived. Yes, I am here. I think I have been here for almost a month, but somehow it seems and feels longer. I have not stopped since I got here. I have spent most of the time running errands, organizing my family and myself, buying things, etc.

My first impression after being absent for 4 years is that Míami hasn’t changed. Miami is and it will always be an international, glamorous and flashy city. The Cuban influence is still very strong although you can see that the diversity of immigrants has increased. I think Miami has become another huge melting pot, but mostly for Latin-American people or Hispanics, whichever term you are familiar with.

The traffic is still insane with the addition of crazy drivers everywhere. Something I did not like at all it is the increase of tolls in the local highways. Hubby needed to create a new route to work because he was being charged on tolls almost 2 dollars per day. I think is a lot! So sorry if you don’t agree, but hey make your numbers and talk to me later. The one good thing is that we will be able to save on gas because we are planning to move close to my husband’s job next month.

I have not been able to go out much with the family. We only visited The Wynwood Arts District which is home to over 70 Art Galleries, Retail Stores, Antique Shops, Eclectic Bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world. Here is the link if you are not from Miami and want to know more about it: http://wynwoodmiami.com/about.php. I loved it! This district is a very bohemian area with lots to see and places to dine. It is also perfect to bring baby Elena along, and of course she also enjoyed it.

I am loving the weather. It rains sometimes but it clears up quickly. I have always liked the Miami weather, so similar to where I was born. The ocean is a part of Me, and I am glad I came to a city where I can go frequently.

It's also important to know that Miami is just not the hot tourists spots like S.Beach/Miami Beach. If you can come visit and actually venture away from the “tourists’ side”, you can find some very interesting things to do in the city. I know that Miami has history ranging from the 16th century and earlier, it has nature, and an amalgamation of different cultures.

This is it for now. I think Miami needs more love and less haters. And it also needs more appreciation and less criticism. The city is rough because some people make it rough, but I am sure we as a family can re-learn to live here. Stay close, I will write more soon...

Much love from Miami now, so far…

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