Coming home

January 12, 2007

Okay, well we cycled through the mosquito ridden, aligator infested everglades. And it was hot and quite nice. And I still have all my limbs, despite being rather too close to some long jawed snappy critters.

And yesterday following a long drive back from Sanibel on the western coast of Florida we drove around the seedier parts of Miami trying to find a motel near the airport. Finally gave in and got a deal at a Holiday Inn and now we’re off to drop “Pete” (the PT cruiser) back at the Alamo garage and then go hang out at the airport for a few hours.

Not really looking forward to the long and ridiculous flight back to Manchester… via Chicago of all places. And don’t really have any warm clothes to wear when I get back… so I may end up in Manchester airport in my poncho at this rate.

Just wanted to say, that I’ve really enjoyed writing the site for the last 6 months, 2 weeks and a day, thanks for reading and thanks so much for all your comments – it’s meant a lot. Hopefully this won’t be the end of my adventures.

See you all soon

Shirl
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Next stop the Everglades

January 8, 2007

Well, we spent a few hedonistic days in Key West, and contrary to popular belief, it isn’t only gay people who live there. Plenty of hetrosexual men thank-you. Although we did go and see the best drag queen show – Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, Cher, they were all there. Very entertaining, although my personal favourite was “Inga”. Katherine has a pic, but you’ll have to wait a week for that.

Have uploaded some typical pictures of Key West – just to prove we were there. For example, the Southermost Point, the Conch Train, A beach or two… but as I said, we didn’t really do much.

Personal highlights were a British Comedian performing magic at the sunset celebration on the pier (dry, cutting wit, great act), he was infact better than the cycling comedian (pictured on flickr) who has been riding his bike for 20 years around the world collecting photos of wierd road signs. (And yes, we did pay real cash to see that. durh.)

There’s also a few pics of Ernest Hemmingway’s house, his very expensive pool – custom ordered by his wife (Editor of Paris Vogue for a time) and a shot of one of the 45 six-toed cats which live at the house. We thought about trying to catch one and splay its toes out so you could see the sixth, but didn’t manage it, so you’ll have to trust me, they do have six toes – sometimes called a “kitty mitten”. (!!)

Also interestingly (or not) about Hemmingway’s house is that it has a basement, one of the only houses in Key West to do so, because normally the water table is too high. But the architect picked the highest point in Key West to build the house… it’s a whole 16 ft above sea level. Like… wow. And Quito’s only 2,800 METERS.

Gotta go, libraria’s given me the five minute warning. See you all soon. Off to get mossy bites in the Everglades…

Miami sucks

January 6, 2007

Sorry, sorry, sorry!!

What with Miami beaches, driving down to Key West, men in leiderhosen, aging American rockers and hanging out with jewelry-making-beach-people, there really hasn’t been much time to get to the computer.

Needless to say, we have avoided culture, early morning starts and are living on one proper meal a day (it’s expensive down here!). The sun is lush and warm and the breeze on the beach refreshing.

On the down side I did make Katherine sit in ER for 6 hours and jointly we’ve been in most pharmacies on South Beach and Key West. The doctor at the Truman Medical Centre Key West is a sweetheart too. (Don’t ask, our ailments would take too long to list. Suffice to say a healthcare insurance claim will be going in on my return.)

Haven’t been on a boat, haven’t been in the sea, but have been round Hemmingway’s house. Here endeth the details of Miami so far. Only allowed poxy 10 minutes on the library computer and can’t upload photos. Boo hiss.