Nothing like a last-minute trip that you don’t have to plan yourself!
My mom and I have this awesome system where I say “Hey mom, we should take a trip to (insert random location)!” And then I cease to be any help whatsoever in the planning process, resorting to words of affirmation and “That would be perfect!”’s while she coordinates, calls, researches, books, and confirms. It’s like having my own personal travel agent! It goes without saying that my mother is a saint and she puts up with a lot from me, but we have a wonderful time on our adventures and she is my irreplaceable best friend.
The most recent “Hey mom, we should take a trip to (insert random location)!” moment was a few days before the Kentucky Derby – meaning I had no time for trip planning with my insane work schedule. I called to tell her I wanted to explore Miami in the time between Derby and starting my new position at Mill Ridge Farm, and that if she didn’t agree to come along I would go by myself. This is the unfailing hook, because I know she would rather be part of the shenanigans and keep an eye on me than allow her daughter to go to an unfamiliar city unaccompanied. 🙂
Miami is a wild human zoo, and all my fellow people watchers out there will L.O.V.E. the sights. The place has it all, from raging traffic, slightly terrifying clothing choices, amazing food and a distinct cultural flair. I enjoyed everything minus the traffic, which made me want to pull my hair out.
Since I am on a self-enforced writing deadline, I am going to give you the three W’s: Where we stayed, What we did and What I recommend. I will also give you a creative rating, inspired by one of my favorite podcasts, Let’s Not Panic. Continue reading