MIAMI for 5 Days | Newcomer’s Guide

Imediat dupa cele 5 zile petrecute in Mexico, ale carui cele mai bune momente au fost surprinse in articolul meu anterior (pe care il poti accesa apasand chiar AICI), la numai 2 ore cu avionul a venit si randul Miami-ului, pentru a ne completa calatoria.

Right after the 5 days spent in Mexico, which I wrote about in my previous article (you can access it by clicking here), we took a 2-hour long flight to Miami to complete our journey.0

DAY 1 – 20th of March

O prima impresie? Oras nebun. Cunosti, cred, starea aceea pe care o ai in drumul de la aeroport spre hotel: nostalgie, explorare, descoperire. Prima opinie pe care o ai asupra unui oras sau tari pe care o vezi pentru prima data niciodata nu e aceeasi cu cea pe care ti-ai imaginat-o acasa, sau cea pe care ti-a povestit-o un prieten.

Ajungand pe la ora 16.00, am prins cred ca cel mai mare trafic. Nici freeway-urile americane nu ne puteau salva, insa sincer, nu mi-a parut rau. Mi-a oferit timp de privit, de admirat, poate chiar de visat…

A first impression? Crazy city. You are probably familiar with that mood you have during your way from the airport to the hotel: exploration, discovery, excitement. The first opinion you have on a city or country that you visit for the first time is never like what you’ve imagined at home, or what your friend has told you.

Arriving at 4 p.m. we went straight into the worst traffic. Not even the American freeways could save us, but honestly, I felt perfectly fine. It gave me time to watch, to admire, maybe even to dream…

Primul pas. Cazarea la Majestic, un mic hotel in stil Art Deco exact pe Ocean Drive, strada cu cei mai multi petrecareti din oras, chiar in South Beach, cu oceanul vis-a-vis.

Ne-am cazat, am lasat bagajele, eu m-am descotorosit de hainele de drum, mi-am luat aparatul foto si in secunda urmatoare am iesit entuziasmata pe usa cu gandul la a captura cat mai multe momente interesante ale Miami-ului de noapte.

The first step. Checking in at Majestic, a little Art Deco hotel right on the Ocean Drive, the street which holds a ton of party people. The ocean right across the street.

We checked in, we left our baggage, I got rid of all of my airport clothes, took my camera and within the nest second I was out of the room, very excited to capture as many interesting moments of the Miami nightlife as I could.

→TIP:  Cazeaza-te in Miami Beach NUMAI daca mergi cu prietenii. Este mult prea haotic sa stai acolo cu familia si mult prea distractiv sa nu petreci acolo cu prietenii. Chiar in prima seara, eram cu verisorul meu de 18 ani si am facut o promisiune: “Nu ne mai cazam niciodata in Miami Beach cu parintii”.  / Stay in Miami Beach ONLY if you go visiting with your friends. It’s way too hectic to stay there with your family and way too fun to not spend the time with friends. The first night there, I was talking to my 18 year old cousin and I made a promise: “I’m NEVER going to visit Miami again with my family”.

DAY 2 – 21st of March

Dupa o noapte in care am adormit pe bubuituri ritmice de “Bailando” care, desigur, erau estompate de ferestrele camerei de hotel, a urmat o zi plina de shopping fiindca vine intrebarea: “De ce te mai duci in America daca nu faci shopping?”. Am optat pentru Sawgrass Mills, desi aveam o gramada de optiuni de luat in considerare, insa am inteles ca este un outlet gigantic, popular si cu toate brandurile pe care le cautam. Inainte de toate, insa, trebuia sa gasim o modalitate de transport, caci outletul era in afara Miami-ului, iar drumul dura in jur de 1 ora.

During the first night, I fell asleep on the beats of “Bailando” which were blurred by the window of the hotel room. Next we had a day full of shopping because here comes the question: “Why are you even going to the U.S.A. if not for shopping?”. We decided on Sawgrass Mills, although we had a lot of options to take into consideration, but I knew that it was such a big outlet, popular for its brands. But firstly we needed to find a way of transportation, because the outlet was outside of Miami and the way there would’ve taken us about one hour.

→TIP: Nu accepta ceea ce iti ofera membrii de la receptia hotelului in legatura cu transportul pentru ca au tendinta de a mari preturile datorita unor sponsorizari. Cel mai comod si util la americani este UBER sau LYFT, niste servicii care ofera transport la un pret mai mic decat cel al taxi-ului, totul fiind comfortabil fiindca poti solicita masina chiar in cadrul unei aplicatii pe care ti-o descarci in telefon. Ei, si daca esti obisnuit cu taxi-ul si tot cu el vrei, desi ai sanse de a fi fraierit, nu pleca la drum fara sa verifici ca respectivul sofer a pornit taxofonul. / Don’t accept the offers related to transportation that the guys from the reception suggest because they have the tendency to higher prices because of sponsors. The most comfortable and useful mean of transportation in Miami and the U.S.A. in general is either UBER or LYFT, services that offer transportation on a lower price than the taxi one, everything being very easy because you can just ask for the car on an app which you download on your mobile device. But if you’re very used to taxis, although there are some chances of getting the price wrong, check if the driver’s turned on the device that’s counting the miles.

Noi am ales sa mergem cu taxiul si am iesit cu un pret mai mic decat cel pe care ni-l ofereau cei de la hotel. In plus fata de asta, l-am cunoscut pe Louis, soferul nostru, un columbian cu care ne-am imprietenit si care la sfarsitul drumului ne-a spus ca tot el vine sa ne ia de la outlet cand terminam, dar cu masina lui personala.

Ce vreau sa spun este ca poti iesi cu avantaje atunci cand comunici, te imprietenesti. In America, majoritatea oamenilor sunt foarte sociabili si prietenosi. Si acum nu vorbesc numai de americani. Pai gandeste-te doar ca dintre toti taximetristii diferiti care ne conduceau in fiecare zi, niciunul nu era nativ. Columbieni, evrei, spanioli…in drumul inapoi catre aeroport, in ultima zi, ne-a condus un moldovean!

We chose to take the taxi and we ended up paying less than the guys from the hotel offered us. In plus, we met Louis, our driver, a Colombian who we made friends with and who said that he would take us home after we finish at the outlet. What I mean by this is that you can have advantages when you communicate, when you’re friendly. In the States, lots of people are really sociable. And I’m not categorizing only the Americans. Out of all the different taxi drivers we had during the 5 days, neither was native American. Colombians, Spanish..on the way back to the airport the driver was Moldovan!

Cu ce ne-am ales? Pungi peste pungi de shopping neostenit. Planul era sa trecem doar in magazinele tiparite “TREBUIE” in mintile noastre, insa nu ne-a ajuns timpul nici sa parcurgem tot drumul de la un capat la celalalt al outletului. Apropo, luand in considerare faptul ca am ajuns acolo la 11 dimineata si am plecat la 9 seara (10 ore). Desi ma simteam exact ca un “shopaholic”, pana la sfarsitul zilei, nu am iesit cu o multime de cumparaturi, dar in raport foarte bun calitate-pret.

Bags on bags of tireless shopping. The plan was to only check the brands that were “MUST” for us, but we didn’t even have time to walk the whole outlet. Even though I felt exactly like a “shopaholic”, I didn’t end up with that many items, but the ones I bought are very good quality.

→TIP: Daca vrei sa te axezi pe shopping in Miami, fie cazeaza-te la un hotelin apropierea unui outlet, fie rezerva-ti doua sau trei zile pentru acesta! / If you want to go to Miami strictly for shopping, then either stay at a hotel near an outlet or take 2 or 3 days only for the outlet.

DAY 3 – 22nd of March

O dimineata destul de stresanta..In ziua aceea trebuia sa luam turul prin tot Miami-ul, dar din cauza ca nu ni s-a spus exact locul unde trebuie sa luam autobuzul, s-a produs o incurcatura si am ramas fara turul platit (50 dolari/pers.) De ce iti spun asta? Pentru ca m-a uimit, in general, faptul ca procedeul americanilor este foarte corect. Asa cum n-am reusit sa prindem autobuzul, ne-au oferit sansa de a-l lua urmatoarea zi si pe langa asta, cum e la ei obisnuit, pentru inconvenienta, ne-au oferit un cadou in cerere de scuze, si anume o plimbare cu bicicletele pe plaja.

Ei, si cum turul orasului a picat, ne-am decis sa vizitam faimosul Seaquarium din Miami care mi-a oferit o parere foarte buna nu numai asupra pestilor si animalelor foarte spectaculoase, ci si a mediului natural al Floridei.

A little bit of a stressful morning..During that day we had to take the tour of Miami, but because nobody told us where to take the bus from, a little misunderstanding happened and we were left out with the tour already paid (50 dollars / each). Why am I telling you this? Because I was wowed by the fact that “the American procedure” is very right. As we couldn’t take the bus, we had the chance to catch it the next day and also, for the inconvenience, we were offered a bicycle tour around the beach.

We then decided to go to the famous Miami Seaquarium, which gave me a really good opinion on not only the very spectacular fish and other animals, but also the natural state of Florida.

Si in momentul acela ma gandeam…Foca asta are mai mult talent decat un om! / This seal is way more talented than a human!DSC02400

Serios acum, entartainmentul a meritat din plin cei 50 de dolari de persoana. Pe langa cele trei show-uri (delfini, foci si balene) prin parc erau o multime de animale, o multime de locuri de facut poze frumoase si bineinteles, o multime de locuri de mancat. Si cum nu am incercat niciodata si aveam pofta mare de inghetata, am zis: Hai sa imi iau un dippin’ dots! Si a fost delicioasa! Daca au ceva special americanii, ei bine cu siguranta aromele! Cookie Dough, Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Cotton Candy.. ah!

Seriously now, the entertainment was fully deserved for 50 dollars each. Aside from three shows (dolphins, seals and wales) along the park there were lots of animals, lots of places to take some nice pictures and of course, lots of places to eat. And as I never tried a Dippin’ Dots kind of ice cream, I decided that it was time for some new things. And it was delicious! If Americans have something cool, then that is definitely the flavors! Cookie Dough, Cookies ‘n’ Cream, Cotton Candy..ah!DSC02384

Evident ca era indispensabila fotografia cu prietenii mei, actorii filmului “Flipper”(1963). / Of course I couldn’t leave without a pic of me and my friends, the actors from “Flipper” (1963)DSC02366

Mi-am facut si noi prieteni…posibil iubiti… / I made new friends…maybe lovers…

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A fost minunat! Recomand din plin! Iti da o cu totul alta experienta fata de alte Aquarium-uri. Antrenorii, de asemenea, sunt bine pusi la punct si se vede ca isi indragesc pe deplin locul de munca! / It was amazing! I completely recommend it! Also, the people there seemed to be really, really passionate about their job and I loved that!DSC02377DSC02433DSC02514

Cat despre tinuta, am ales ceva lejer, dar indraznet prin faptul ca totul e foarte strident. Constraste puternice si culori vibrante! De aia si numesc acest look “COLORmania” si daca vrei sa vezi de unde este fiecare piesa de vestimntatie din cadrul acestui look, ei bine, am scris totul pe LookBook (click chiar AICI).

About my outfit, I chose something comfortable, but brave because of its constrats and bright colors. That’s why I call it “COLORmania” and if you wan to check where I got all these items from, well, I wrote everything on LookBook (click HERE)0

M I A M I Seaquarium s-a inchis la ora 18.00, iar noua ne era foame, asa ca am decis sa mergem la Bayside, in Downtown, sa descoperim si cealalta latura a orasului, nu numai cea de plaja. De fapt, ceea ce nu multi stiu, este ca in State se considera ca Miami Downtown si Miami Beach sunt doua orase diferite.

Am avut oportunitatea de a vedea cladirile inalte, de business ale orasului si am mancat cu vederea catre portul principal al Miami-ului chiar in timpul apusului, ceea ce l-a facut sa arate mult mai incantator.

The Seaquarium closed at 6 p.m. and we were really hungry so we decided to go to Bayside, in Downtown, to discover the other side of the city, not only the one with the beach. In fact, what many people don’t know, is that Miami Downtown and Miami Beach are considered two different cities.

We had the opportunity to see the high buildings of the city and we ate with the view to the Miami Port right at the time of the sunset, which made it ten times more beautiful.

DAY 4 – 23rd of March

In sfarsit, am reusit sa ne urcam in autobuzul care ne-a plimbat de-a lungul Miami-ului. A fost absolut S U P E R B A privelistea de sus, cu parul in vant si soarele indreptat catre mine. A fost una din diminetile mele preferate in Miami! In plus, am aflat o multime de informatii despre oras, “cum, unde, ce si cand”-uri la care ma gandeam chiar din prima zi.

Finally, we got into the bus which drove us all the way around Miami. The view from up there was absolutely amazing, with my hair blown by the wind and the sun facing me. It was one of my favorite mornings in Miami! In plus, I found out a lot of information about the city. “Which, when, what and how”‘s that I thought about since the first day there.

Orasul are o infrastructura deosebita! Stilul Art Deco, practic case de cate 3 etaje cel mai des, in culori albe si pastel, stil francez adoptat de american abia dupa anii ’70. Intreg Miami Beach-ul era plin de Art Deco, deci si hotelul la care am stat. Ce m-a impresionat pe mine a fost ca pe de-o parte, Miami-ul este oras turistic, ba chiar tropical in partea cu plaja, iar pe de cealalta parte, Downtown-ul are cladiri skyscrapers, care de care mai inalte, un fel de mic New York. Sunt doua lumi diferite, despartite de un lac si unite de un pod.

The city has such a unique infrastructure! The Art Deco style, most usually houses of 3 floors, in white and pastel colors, the French style took by the Americans after the 70s. The whole Miami Beach was full of Art Deco and so was our hotel. What impressed me the most was that on one side, Miami is tropical city with the beach near but then on the other, Downtown is full of skyscrapers, one taller than the other…like a little New York. They’re two different worlds separated by a lake and united by a bridge.DSC_0298

Inclus in turul nostru, a fost si cel pe barca asa ca imediat ce am coborat din autobuz, ne-am urcat la bordul unui vaporas ce ne-a plimbat pe Biscayne Bay. De acolo am aflat ce se intampla pe fiecare mica insula, inclusiv Star Island, populara datorita caselor de vacanta ale vedetelor (mai jos, dreapta, casa lui Enrique Iglesias – prima ; Shakira si Pique – a doua). Case de vacanta, una mai scumpa sau mai frumoasa ca cealalta, ale vedetelor precum Justin Bieber, Emily Campbell, etc.

Then, we took the boat tour which took us around the Biscayne Bay. There I found out what happens on every island, Star Island included, famous for the vacation houses of celebrities (down, right, the house of Enrique Iglesias – the first one ; Shakira and Pique – the second one).

In a doua parte a zilei, am decis ca parca nu ne-a ajuns shopping-ul de la Sawgrass, asa ca hai la o plimbare pe Lincoln Road, o promenada lunga, cu o multitudine de branduri diferite atat in stanga, cat si in dreapta. Am pozat peisajul, bineinteles, dar n-am uitat nici sa imi fac poza cu masini luxoase.

In the second part of the day, we decided that the shopping at Sawgrass wasn’t enough so we went on a walk on Lincoln Road, a long promenade, with lots of different brands on the left as well as on the right. I photographed the view and of course, I needed to take a selfie with the luxurious car. 

Unul din trend-urile pe care l-am observat la Miami Beach este ca in aproape fiecare cafenea, bar sau restaurant de pe Ocean Drive si nu numai, cand comanzi o bautura mare, fie alcoolica sau nu, iti dau un pahar gigantic din care poti sa bei in doi. Si ca tot vorbesc de cocktail-uri…motivul pentru care n-am dat prea multe informatii despre Miami-ul culinar este, sincer, pentru ca nu m-a impresionat. Cu totii stim ca in State mancarea pentru un om ordinar nu e chiar cea mai organica, precum nu e nici la noi, insa nici restaurantele care pareau ca au mancare buna nu au fost destul incat sa le intreaca pe cele de acasa, sau cele din Europa.

One of the Miami Beach trends I noticed was that in every bar or restaurant on Ocean Drive and not only, when you order a big drink, either with alcohol or not, they give you a gigantic glass which you can drink from in two. And as I am talking about cocktails…the reason why I didn’t give too much information about the Miami culinary is that, honestly, didn’t impress me. We all know that in the States the food of a ordinary man isn’t quite the most organic, but neither did the restaurants that seem to have good foos were enough for me to top the ones from home.DSC02620DSC02642

DAY 5 – 24th of March

Ultima zi! Trebuia sa profitam cat mai mult de ea. Ei bine, am profitat in cel mai simplu, dar relaxant mod, o plimbare pe Ocean Drive, apoi pe plaja. Cat ai mei se plimbau, eu am fugit de doua ori in colo si incoace pe la CVS/pharmacy si Victoria’s Secret pentru a lua ultimele “maruntusuri”. Apoi, in drum spre hotel, am fost foarte incantata sa aud cum la una dintre cafenele, lumea dansa pe “Dragostea din tei” de O-Zone. M-am simtit mai “homely” ca sa spun asa. Totusi, nu voiam sa ma intorc acasa…

The last day! We had to have the most of it. Well, I took advantage of it in the most simple and relaxing way possible, a walk along Ocean Drive, then on the beach. While my parents were walking, I had to have a few stops at CVS/pharmacy and Victoria’s Secret to buy the last bits and pieces. Then, on the way back to the hotel, I was very pleased to hear that in one of the coffee shops they were playing “Dragostea din tei” by O-zone (Romanian band). I felt more homely..let me tell you that. But anyways, I didn’t want to go back…

Inevitabil trebuia sa ma pozez cu frumosul Cadillac galben ce statea parcat fara stapan chiar in fata hotelului. Negresit, ma simteam ca’n Pulp Fiction.

Undoubtedly I had to take a mini photoshoot with the gorgeous yellow Cadillac which was parked right in front of the hotel. Honestly, I felt like I was in Pulp Fiction.

My baby drove up in a brand new Cadillac
My baby drove up in a brand new Cadillac
but she ain’t never, ever coming back

Baby, baby, baby please
Can’t you see I’m on my bended knees
Your heart’s so cold it’s gonna freeze

Hep Stars, 1992

 


Cam asta a fost povestea mea 🙂 Sa speram ca va fi continuata cu o alta calatorie! / This was my story! I hope I can continue it soon with another journey!

Multumesc mult ca m-ai citit si abia astept sa ne revedem in urmatoarea postare! / Thank you so much for reading and be free to tell me any thought of yours.

Pe data viitoare! ‘Til next time!

XOXO!

 

 

 

 

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