Thursday, 13 December 2012

I WAS in MIAMI!

Hellllllllllooooo lovely followers!

So as I mentioned in my last post, I was in MIAMI! And let me tell you... It was beautiful! Probably the best weekend of my whole program so far!

Myself and three of my close Canadian girlfriends, Laura, Aliah, and Courtney had planned this trip since September! FINALLY we did it.

We started off the weekend by meeting each other outside of our housing complex at 11 am. Aliah has a car (thank goodness!) and drove us on our crazy road trip to Miami. The drive from Florida to Miami is about 3-4 hours. We were definitely occupied with Taylor Swift's new CD RED the whole way there. .... All of us will be going to her concert in April which is coincidentally in MIAMI... so we pretty much learned every word to every single song. It was great!


Laura and Courtney


On our way there we stopped off at an all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet. It was delicious! We had plenty of sushi, stir fry, desserts, etc. etc. After gaining back all our energy we continued to Miami.


The four of us!

We arrived at our destination!! We stayed at a Holiday Inn hotel right on the beach. We had an ocean view and all. It was quite the scene. Our first night there we..... took a nap...... haha.. and then went to Ocean Drive which is the main strip along the beach. This strip was exactly how they show Miami in the movies. Restaurants, bars, and music EVERYWHERE. We went to a restaurant called Mango's that one of our friends, JC, recommended. They had live music and dancers performing all whole night long, we had great seats right up front! I ordered shrimp tacos... the seafood was SO fresh. It was so delicious.

Welcome to Miami!

The view from our hotel room!




The lobby.
 


Ready for our first night! In the lobby.

Me and Aliah


On Ocean Drive, Mango's!

Best Shrimp Taco's, ever!



Our lovely entertainment for the night!



To end the perfect night, we all went down to the beach in front of our hotel and talked until we were ready for bed.


Day 2 we decided on the spur of the moment we would SWIM WITH THE DOLPHINS! If you know me on a personal level, I have wanted to do this pretty much since I was able to talk. I finally accomplished the top thing on my bucket list. It was the best day I have had my whole contract and one of the best days of my life. We were fortunate to go to the place we did: Dolphins Plus (in Key Largo). The place is right on the ocean. So the Dolphins aren't trapped in a pool. They have a natural swim and structured swim, which we did both. The natural swim was amazing. We swam along side the dolphins and they are free to swim as they like. In other words, they get no instructions from the trainers at this time. We were not allowed to touch the dolphins at all. Instead we would swim under water and observe them.

For the structured swim, we got the most one on one time with the dolphins I have ever heard of! We each had our own dolphin. We gave them kisses, they pushed us along the water, we danced with them, they took us for a swim, they did tricks for us etc. etc. If you see me in the pictures below... I was clearly in AWE and pure joy every second I was with them.










After that we went for a nice dinner along the beach in Key Largo. It was so surreal. We then made our way back to Miami and met with our other friends who finished their contracts with Disney. That night we all met at one of the clubs that let under 21's in, and danced the night away!

Restaurant along the beach in Key Largo!

View frrom our restaurant!


Night out! All of us girls minus 1!


Day 3 was our shopping and beach day! We woke up, and had a nice lunch on the main strip again. We went to the beach for some swimming time and then shopped the day away. It was also our last night there so we decided to have a nice dinner all together. We went to a restaurant near the hotel. And boy, did we luck out! Our server was fabulous! He gave us free desserts and entertained us the whole night. We were the last ones to leave the restaurant! It was an amazing last dinner to end the trip.


Delicous lunch!

Yummy!





Last dinner!

Time to go home! We ended our last day by going to the beach one last time.








Our matching T-shirts! We were in Miami... We had to!

Last lunch before hitting Orlando! In Fort Lauderdale - 17th Street Grill Restaurant! Apparently the best burgers in Florida... I Agree!

This trip was my first road trip ever with friends and will be in my memories for a lifetime. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend!

Enjoy and have a magical day!
Eileen McDonald









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