Welcome to our travel blog. We are Tabitha and Nic. In 2011 we 'retired' in our early 40s and set off to travel the world. We spent our first year in South America and have been lucky enough to make two trips to Antarctica.

Our blog is a record of our travels, thoughts and experiences. It is not a guide book, but we do include some tips and information, so we hope that you may find it useful if you are planning to visit somewhere we have been. Or you may just find it interesting as a bit of armchair travel.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Miami design and graffiti

From St Pete we took the bus down to Miami.  We are quite used to long bus journeys, so at just over seven hours this one would have been fine, had it not been for one woman who managed to spend the entire six hours that she was one the bus speaking loudly on her phone in Spanish.

Goodness knows who she was talking to for that long, but it was most irritating.  We all we relieved when she got off, only to find another woman start up.  Thankfully she only spoke for part of the remaining hour.

Once in Miami, we had another Airbnb to stay at. No coffins this time, but they did have a dog that liked to play, a couple of mostly friendly cats, and some slightly crazy chickens.
We had thought that we would do the Everglades while in Miami, but in the end we didn't. We discovered that although there is a lot of talk about the importance of the environment in connection with the Everglades National Park, there is no way of getting there on public transport - everyone either has to drive themselves or arrange an expensive private transfer.
The one alternative is to go on an organised tour. We considered that, but they just give you a short trip on a large and environmentally unfriendly airboat, and then take you to gator land to watch them wrestling with the alligators. That wasn't really what we wanted, so we decided to leave the Everglades to a time when we can come back and do it more as we would want to.

One of the things we did do, was take a walk around the design district and the Wynwood area. The design district was OK, but unless you have a big budget, you're not going to find too much to take home with you.
We did find a place serving good beers and pizzas though.
We also wandered amongst the warehouses of the Wynwood area. I know that that this sounds a bit strange, but in fact this is where the graffiti artists have come to do their thing. And they do it on a very large scale, often taking up a whole wall.
A few of the designs were mediocre or not to our taste, but most were excellent. I especially liked the black and white ones I think, though the Roy Lichtenstein inspired one was amusing too.

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