Mexico may be America’s Bali, but it was super-foreign to us. And isn’t that the point of travel? To step out of your comfort zone and experience someone else’s way of life?
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Have you ever been so scared your legs start shaking? Your hands get clammy, your throats gets dry. And what seconds before seemed like a great idea, suddenly seems foolish and irrational. A scream erupts deep in the dark tunnel and then a flashing light turns from red to green. I cross my legs, fold my arms, close my eyes and scream. The water pounds on me as I slide down the Leap of Faith through a dark twisting tunnel into a transparent tunnel surrounded with hungry, swimming sharks. It’s over, it’s not the end. And suddenly what seemed scary and frightening a few seconds before now just seems trivial.
We’ve seen a number of TV shows about red neck hicks wrestling alligators and we thought it would be fun to see some up close in their natural habit. So while we were in Miami we chose the Everglades Safari Park as the place to visit. Situated about 45 minutes west of Miami, the park is in the heart of the swampy, marshy lowlands in the Everglades National Park.
14 days road tripping through the US was fabulous. You can leave when you want, stay when you want, there is no crazy security quips like “you can’t take water with you”, or “that’s considered a weapon”, or “please take off your shoes and walk through slowly”. Having never done a road trip like this in my life I can happily say I would do it again.
It’s a beautiful sunny day. I am sitting in Serenity, the 21+ pool area. There are screams from the nearby waterslide and snoring from an old man on the deck chair beside me. I am overlooking the back of the boat. I can see Nassau, Bahamas & Paradise Island with a very large and very pink hotel known as Atlantis. My heart is pumping slowly. My belly is full. It’s so nice to sit and do nothing after two weeks of road tripping. There’s palm trees swaying gently in the ocean breeze. Seagulls circling the boat searching for a free meal. The water is bright aqua-marine and constantly laps at the boat enticing me in, but I’ve already swam today and yesterday and for now I am content to sit on my lounge chair with my kindle to one side and my laptop to the other and let you know about my musings of my cruise through the Bahamas.
So we took a 2 week road trip from New York to Florida. Here are all the places we stayed so that when you are planning the trip you have a one stop shop!
New York subways are many things, murderous hellholes is not one of them. They are dirty. They are noisy. They are loud. They are mostly stairs with few elevators making the journey down into them (with a pram) an adventure and a half....