By Lindsay Eichhold ’18
Over spring break my family took a trip to Miami, Florida. I was super excited to get away from Cincinnati for a week and actually see the sun. We had really good weather while we were there so thanks to that was I able to actually get a little bit of a tan. I know hard to believe. When we weren’t laying out by the pool we took day trips to places like the Everglades, South Beach, and we even spent a night in Key West.
Since where we stayed wasn’t directly on a beach, we took a quick drive down to the famous South Beach. Let me tell you, it was interesting. The most strange thing I saw was a woman painting her toe nails in a restaurant we were at for lunch. South beach was one of those things that I am glad I went but have no desire to go back.
On Monday we drove to the Everglades. I was super excited because I’ve always thought that the Everglades were super cool for some odd reason. We went out on a boat through the Everglades and saw tons of alligators and birds that live there. After the boat tour was my favorite part. There was a show where this guy showed different kinds of alligators and animals that live out in the Everglades. One of the animals he showed was a toad, and for some reason he picked me out of the crowd and had me kiss it. Now this was a great photo op, but my dad missed the picture so I had to kiss the toad not once, but twice… And it didn’t turn into a prince either time, what a bummer. I then got to hold an alligator so it’s safe to say that I had an eventful day.
Later in the week we drove the Keys down to Key West. This drive was by far one of the most beautiful things I had ever experienced. The water was so blue and it bumped up right against the islands as we drove. While we were in Key West we did a ton of walking all over the island. We went to the southernmost point, which is the closest point to Cuba in the United States. We ate conch fritters which are very popular in Key West. At the end of the day we watched the sun set on Mallory Square and watched the street performers, too. When we drove back to Miami the next day we stopped at the Dolphin Research Center and were able to see countless dolphins and sea lions.
I’m really glad I had this opportunity to go to Miami and experience the totally different culture of the people down there but I am glad to be back home in Cincinnati!