After a very linear travel experience we finally arrived to Miami. We were all exhausted from the ride on the crowded bus, but we felt relieved that we finally reached our final destination. Since our stay in Miami was going to be longer we have managed to rent a cheap penthouse. We were delighted about the freshness of our relatively classy suite. We quickly got rid of our luggage and decided to see the sunny city of Miami.
The glass skyscrapers were glowing from the sun and the people on the streets looked like they all were on their way to the beach. We thought that it would be wise to accompany the local habitants and we were suddenly on our way to the beach. The beach itself was truly magnificent, the long waves rolling in and beautiful people. It was all perfect. The water was also very temperate, but Nadin and Paco were afraid of the big waves.
After bathing and sunbathing for the entire afternoon we felt that it was time for some proper food and we ate some delicious BBQ elegantly cooked by Paco in our suite. The continuous days were followed in an easy pace and we really started to feel relaxed for once. We really liked how the life was in Miami, most people weren’t stressed out and everyone was so nice. Paco even made very close friends with our neighbors who were an old couple who were surprised by Paco’s gastronomical and artistical skill and they even asked him if he would like to stay with them when we traveled further.
One day Nadin got the brilliant idea that we should spend our latest savings on shopping, we all traveled to the “Florida Mall”. “Florida Mall” was great, we all burnt holes in our pockets, but we were satisfied with our spending. Emil wanted to go to Everglades the next day and we all accepted his idea and went to bed early.
Emil woke us up early with some egg and bacon and was truly enthralled about today’s adventure. We stepped on the bus heading towards “Everglades Alligator Farm” and we were all excited about going there. Emil told us all about the magnificent swamps around in Florida and about the majestic alligators who roamed the rivers. We had signed up for an airboat ride which would take us through the marsh.
Our guide for the trip was called Bob O’Flannigan. He looked like he was made out of 90% muscles and 10% of his red long hair. Since we went there so early we were the only ones on the airboat and we were pleased with having our own personal guide. We were given hearing protection because the motor of the airboat which is a big fan is really loud. We traveled the river for about an hour and then we got to “cuddle” with the alligators, or that was at least what Bob referred to it as.
After riding the boat for another hour it was finally time for lunch and we were given sandwiches made by Bob’s wife Jo. After a very pleasant lunch we got on the airboats again and we got to see the last part of the big swamp. We were all really happy about going to Everglades and we thought that Emil’s choice was great.
Our last day of the trip we spent going to Disney land with Paco. We were going there during the day and at 8 pm we were going to the airport. We traveled there by bus, Paco was very sad about us leaving and he almost seemed eager to come to Sweden with us, but he didn’t have the money for it.
Disney World was our first amusement park in USA and it was very different from Liseberg that we were used to. First of all Disney World was larger and they sold more snacks. They had candied popcorns and candied apples that were a sugartastic experience for all of us. We got to see a lot of famous Disney characters. Emil got to ride an elephant named “Dumbo”. Nadin got to see her dream castle and the blue monster from “Monsters Inc”.
After seeing various Disney characters and riding multiply rollercoasters the sun started to hide behind the horizon we sat down for a last meal time with Paco. He was very sad about us leaving and we saw a few tears fall down his cheek. We spent our last time together with Paco on a McDonald’s restaurant. After finishing our food we made sure Paco got picked up by the old couple that lived next to us in Miami. He would work for them as a housekeeper and he would begin studying so he could get an art major. After a very emotional farewell we finally parted and suddenly we were on our own. The taxi which was taking us to the airport arrived quickly and we were to our disappointment on our way home at last.
//The Empo Crew
Over and out.