When the Christmas break arrived during my year of studies in Philadelphia, I was ready for more adventure, and for some warmth and sun.
With a couple of friends, I decide to head South – on a student budget, by Greyhound bus. The non-stop trip to Miami takes over 30 hours, with only occasional restroom and fast food stops… Passengers and drivers change, we stay on…
Seeing the sunrise from the bus after a day and night of traveling is quite eerie.
Our last bio-break stop is in Jacksonville, Florida. The dominant building there has a particular resonance for us.
A few more hours on the road and we finally reach our destination: Miami Beach. The ocean on the horizon and the warm air on our faces are the best Christmas present we can dream of after this trip (a shower and a bed follow very closely on the list 😊)
The pristine white sand beach feels like a dream to us.
This being the US, colorful character abound… Like these two, looking for gold, in one form… or another!
I had never seen a tropical Santa Claus before…
After this nice beach break, a couple days camping in the Everglades enables us to reconnect with a different kind of wildlife.
… while still staying at a relatively safe distance.
Soon it’s time to hit the road again – almost literally…
Next stop: New Orleans, Louisiana!
More to come, stay tuned!