There is nothing quite like sipping a glass of Pinot Grigio on the beach in Miami. First of all, your beach chair must, at all times, face South. The ocean is always to your left and a tall wall of white condos and hotels separates you from the rest of the world, to your right. That is the Miami mise-en-scene. In the space between the ocean and the row of beachfront condos, are a string of memories filled with beach days, afternoon naps, secret conversations and copious bags of potato chips.
And Zumba classes, apparently. This time around, I enrolled in a back-to-back double feature. Abs and Stretch (which was everything but abs and stretch lol; one word: THE STEP) and a high-impact Zumba class. Before I knew it, I was sweating from my butt crack, cued by two whistles every 30 seconds to signal a change in choreography. From the old faithful Grapevine to a move that can only be described as “Blood on the Dance Floor,” we danced our hearts out.
I say “we” because me and the 70-year-old ladies dressed in lace bodysuits, full makeup, and little ribbons in their hair (it must be a micro-trend of the Floridian retirement subculture), were having the time of our lives. I even got a solo when the instructor held up an imaginary mic to my face in the middle of a salsa banger and let me belt out the refrain with all my might. I didn’t know the words. I just sang “Mi corazon, Bailamos!!!!!! Te quiero!!! Mi vida!” And he loved it. I think.
But that’s the beauty of Miami. Or at least the snowbird scene – everyone is there to have a good time and forget the windchill. And if you’re lucky, get a few verses of a Shakira song in.
We Need to Talk…
Do you have a place in the world that you visit often, so much so it becomes a little routine in your life forming a string of special memories that sort of melt into one? I’d love to hear some of your travel rituals! Leave me a comment and let’s chat!
Miami Travel Diary Photos!
If you’re a fan South Florida, your next stop should be Palm Beach. Worth Avenue is a little taste of retail heaven with the ocean being your ultimate accessory at the end.
Oh I have heard amazing things about Palm Beach, believe you me!!!! I will definitely have to go, and soon! It’s too cold in TO. xoxo J
Love all these photos! But can we talk about the random soup crackers in the oysters? haha. Made me chuckle!
Montreal- hands down my favorite get away from Vermont. Rolling up to my godfather’s condo 1 block away from Centre Bell is just something else. And he doesn’t live there most of the time so I get to use it all by myself. I feel so at home whenever I’m in Montreal & I’ve been going there for a few years. Actually, my goal is to move there by summer of 2018. Hopefully I’ve cozied up to a company that will sponsor me…if not: funexmployed summer in the city! Or find a poutine papa ;)
OMG how did I miss this amazing comment. Ugh, tisk tisk. Wow if you move to MTL that would be amazing. I love MTL. It’s so European and I’ve had some amazing memories from the times I’ve spent there. I wish you the best of luck in your search for the poutine papa.
And yes, wtf are the soup crackers doing with oysters? Must be a Florida thing.
Love your blog! Miami on my bucket list for sure. Thanks for share. Btw you inspired me to get that butt tatatto. Going on my birthday wk. kinda nervous ?
LOL no way! Honestly that tattoo was the easiest for me! It didn’t hurt at all. You’ll be fine! What are you getting?