I went to Miami for a high school reunion of sorts. A bunch of us went to boarding school together and we still like each other so we gather every few years for a weekend of fun. We don’t all know each other but we are all from the same era so we can relate to each other. Plus we have the common bond of having been to boarding school in a foreign country and many of us are third culture kids. We click right away whether we met before or not.
Day One – Arrival
Dined at Doraku Sushi. Japanese Restaurant. Crowded and loud. Arrived 9 pm, had to wait for a table. Good food, good music, good vibe.
Walked down Lincoln Road. Lots of shops, restaurants, people.
Cool window display.
Drove alone Ocean Drive. Hotel after hotel after hotel. Bar blasting music filled with people after bar blasting music filled with people. Dancing girls with go go boots and little else on. Just starting to hop at midnight.
Breakfast at The Front Porch right on Ocean Drive. Packed, had to wait in line. Nice hearty breakfast. Apparently “the thing to do” in South Beach.
Walked along the beach. Cloudy and windy. No swimming or sunning.
Sat around the hotel and greeted old friends as they arrived.
Cocktail reception followed by a two hour ride around Miami on a bus with no windows and music blaring.
Piled onto a bus at 10 am and headed for the water. Boarded a catamaran for a two and a half hour ride off Miami.
Had fresh orange juice delivered by jet ski.
Saw how the other half live….
- Where they filmed Serpico
Al Capone’s lookout tower
Don Johnson’s Miami Vice house
Give me a break… I was in a moving boat….
Five million dollar landscape job…
Dinner at Barcelonaeta Restaurant
One of our friends has a daughter who owns this restaurant so it was special for all of us. We would have enjoyed it no matter what it was like but take my word for it, it was good!! We had a wide variety of tapas that just kept coming and the wine was flowing. Some of the dishes I remember – fried potatoes, seared calamari so it had a crusty outside – delicious, salmon carpaccio, sweetbreads, sliced tomato with onion, eggplant and tomato, chorizo on a pizza like bread, escargot with pastry puff. Plus the ones I can’t remember. If you ever get to Miami, check it out!
Departure. Miami airport was crowded with long lines. The only other time I had ever been to Miami, I was just at the airport for a connecting flight to Bogota. I almost missed the flight because since I was in transit I thought I would get my boarding pass at the gate. They called my plane, I went to the gate, and they told me I had to go back to the main terminal to get my boarding pass. Luckily the airport wasn’t as big as it is now, but it was big enough. I ran all the way there and back and barely made it! I was 14 years old.
No traumatic experiences this time.
I had a wonderful time with old friends and new friends.