Friday, May 13, 2011

Miami is Very Far from Tampa

by Meghann on May 13, 2011

We finally made it!

Hellloooooo Miami!

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My original belief that Tampa was the same distance away from Miami as Orlando was terribly, terribly wrong. Turns out Tampa is about two hours farther, which means we were in the car for 6 hours instead of the estimated 4. Oopss.

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No worries. Give me a camera, a computer, and an outlet to the outside world via twitter access on my phone and I’m golden.

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Oh, and a stop at Starbucks for a Grande Ice Coffee with Soymilk helps too.

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Can you believe Derek wasn’t a fan?

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He said it tasted too much like coffee. The boy prefers his drinks sweet!

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We weren’t far into our trip when my bladder started swishing and my stomach started grumbling. We stopped at an uber-nice Publix and grabbed subs for lunch.

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I got a Solsolito Turkey with no cheese and all the veggies (minus the green peppers – yuck!) plus oregano (next time you get a sub at Publix ask for oregano, trust me – it’s good!).

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One more hour of driving later….

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I had a cookie.

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Two more hours after that…

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Derek and I had some Plantain chips.

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And I began to go stir crazy.

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Ok, enough self portraits. ๐Ÿ™‚

SInce we were running a tad behind, Derek and I pulled up to the hotel just as all the family members were heading out the dinner. We did a quick drop off of the luggage at the hotel and joined them in the Miami people mover to reach our final destination.

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I’ve been to Miami several times since my brother moved here four years ago, but this was my first experience with their public transportation.

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The people mover was clean, quick, and air conditioned. We all were fans by the end of the night. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The people mover dropped us off right at the restaurant my brother had made reservations at for dinner.

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The table started with Edamame.

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Seasonal beer?

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Don’t mind if I do.

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Cheers Josh!

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Gordon Biersch is a nationwide cain with several franchise locations around the country, but I thought it as a great location for a diverse crowd like ours. The menu had a TON of options – there was literally something for everyone, including the vegetarians.

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I wasn’t terribly hungry, so I went with the Tapas Starter.

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Holy Garlic Overload Batman!

And a side of grilled asparagus.

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That little bit of asparagus was $3? Yeah, I don’t get it either. :/

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The meal ended with mini desserts. I had the mini apple bread pudding. You know, to help with the garlic breath. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Then we did what tourist do and explored.

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One of the Kiosk people asked Derek if his ‘wife’ wanted a photo with a parrot.

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hehe

We didn’t last long exploring. It’s only 11 and Derek is already happily passed out in bed with his glasses still on and lightly snoring. Sorry Miami, we’ll try to do right by you tomorrow.

FOr now, I’m going to join Derek.

Good Night!

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