The morning came and it was sad I say goodbye to Orlando. Such s cool place that you could easily spend 2-3 weeks in and still not have even scratched the surface. Aimee felt like she was coming down with a cold yesterday and this was confirmed today. We had a short bus ride today (hooray! Those long bus rides are getting really hard) to Miami, Florida. We had some shitty stop along the way that I didn’t even catch the name of and we rolled into downtown Miami.
The first thing I noticed about Miami is how multicultural it is. If you didn’t know that Miami was in America, you could almost think it is in Cuba. Most people speak Spanish here, more so than even English based off my observations. The second thing I noticed was how fuckin hot and humid it is. It’s disgusting weather. I don’t know how people could live in this. It was about 30 degrees which was okay but the humidity is fucked, it sits at about 90% humidity. You’re sweating the moment you walk out the door. It’s fucked. Of course we weren’t going to let that stop us from enjoying Miami. Though, that combined with Aimee’s sickness is definitely making it harder for her to enjoy it.
We went to a food court at the top of this outside shopping centre which was slightly air conditioned and grabbed some lunch. It was strange, as you walk around the food court, people from every single store are trying to get you to eat a sample of their meat on a toothpick. Like every single one harasses you to do it. I tried a few and picked out this Cuban place that looked alright. I had teriyaki chicken with a brown/bean rice and a potato vegetable called Yuca. They deep fry it and it’s not bad. Aimee ended up with food court Chinese food. Honestly, both feeds were pretty shit. We immediately regretted our decision. Oh well!
Our next activity was a jetboat ride/tour around Biscayne bay. We got some drinks and jumped into the boat. We zipped around Biscayne bay at mad speeds, as soon as we took off Kennys hat flew off, so I quickly grabbed mine and sat on top of it. It was fun and relaxing just cruising. We rolled around to fisher island and looked at Ricky Martins house and Carmen Electras house and boat. Then we rolled over to near star island and looked at the fresh prince’s house Will Smith. Fuckin cool as, I wish he was there! Then we saw the island where Oprah and Tiger Woods have apartments. It was cool. Them we cruised around the Atlantic Ocean a bit doing mad boat jumps over waves and cruised back. This was a fun thing to do, but I wouldn’t say it was a must-do by any means. After this we had half an hour to kill so Aimee and I found this nearest Starbucks to chill in to get out of the heat and enjoy the air conditioning and an icy drink! This was nice.
We then cruised on the bus through Miami, past Dolphins stadium and Miami heat’s stadium as we rolled to South Beach, Miami which is where our Art Deco style hotel was located. It is one block from the beach in what is called the Art Deco district. All of the building here are Art Deco style which makes it really unique. Think of that scene in scarface where he chainsaws the guy up in the bathroom, well that building is here and we saw it. It’s a pretty cool place but it is stinking hot still. We chilled in our hotel a bit, Aimee had a sleep while I walked around Miami just having a look around. It is very much like the Gold Coast in that everyone seems to be on holiday and are trying to show off not wearing shirts and hiring flash cars. I noticed that a lot of people rent motorbike and scooters and cruise around on them with thongs on, no helmet and are taking selfies as they cruise…so many! Yeah well fuck that, i would probably crash haha. We had an included dinner tonight which was a family style traditional Cuban meal. Aimee dogged out of it because she was too sick so before we went, I went to this little burger place called cheeseburger baby and bought her a burger. I joined the group and we walked about 6 blocks to the restaurant. It was a pretty nice meal, basic but it definitely hit the spot. I couldn’t pronounce the name of any of the food, but it went down a treat. The dessert was like a sweet pastry wit beef in it and a deep fried plantain. It was weird but I liked it. As soon as dinner was done, I had something else on my mind.
I had been thinking of going to the place where they filmed Miami Ink to get a tattoo. Earlier during that he day, I almost went but chickened out. After dinner I went in there by myself and talked to the girl at the counter. Being a tattoo Virgin, it was not an easy decision….but I did it. I had three designs in mind. They are all characters from my favourite video game series of all time – Final Fantasy. This series means a lot to me as myself and my brother spent our childhood and teenage years putting hundreds, of not thousands of hours into these games. I showed them the three characters and we decided on one. It was a moogle. The people from the tv show were there, Ami the guy that owns the place and James who was another guy from the show. I was talking to them and they just have fun and are awesome people, as was the girl at the reception, Danielle. My tattoo artist was Jose. This guy was an absolute legend and world class tattoo artist. He completely nailed my tattoo and it looks amazing. I am so impressed with it. He is a gamer himself and we talked games the whole time. He said that he was super stoked on the tattoo. He called it a karma tattoo which he explained as being a great tattoo for a great guy. What an absolute legend! He also gave me his gamertag and wants me to add him on Xbox, I definitely intend on doing this! I am not going to lie, it definitely hurt. People who say getting a tattoo doesn’t hurt are completely full of shit. The pain is definitely tolerable though. I am so happy that I did it. It was a great experience. One that I will never forget. I just got a tattoo at one of the most famous tattoo parlours of all time from a world class professional. Just wow. One of the highlights of my trip. I’ll include a picture of it down here.
Another day in Miami tomorrow! Hopefully Aimee is feeling better and my tattoo heals well!