Hello folks! I’m back!
The family summer vacation is happening in a strange way this year. My brother, Mark, is starting Podiatry school at Barry University in Miami. He has a car at home in Connecticut, though, so he and my dad are driving the car down from home in a few days before he moves in. My mom and I decided to make a vacation out of that, so we flew down to Key West this morning and will be staying here until Wednesday, when we’ll drive to Miami and meet the boys.
Today started EARLY. We had a flight to Miami at 6:00 AM, so Mom and I stayed at a hotel near the airport last night in preparation for a 3:30 AM wake-up call. We were sleepy, but excited once we got moving. Our first flight was smooth and we slept the majority of the time, then we hopped on a tiny jet for a 25-minute flight to Key West. The whole travel time was smooth and pleasurable, in general.
Because our clocks were all off, we had very strange eating habits all day. I ate an apple immediately when I woke up this morning, then had a banana before boarding at 6:00 AM. I also got a bag of raw cashews, almonds, and raisins for the flight. During our layover in Miami, my mom and I were ready for lunch (at 9:00 AM, mind you). We sat at a restaurant and ate salads. We’re weird.
When we arrived at our condo, we loved it immediately. We actually came to Key West three years ago and stayed in a condo in the Truman Annex, a very nice neighborhood on the island. We decided to stay here again, and our place is perfect for the two of us.
We went to an organic grocery store, and got breakfast and lunch foods to enjoy.
We also decided to crack open a bottle of wine and eat carrots with hummus…normal.
Afterwards, we decided to go to the pool for a dip. It is HOT here–87 degrees but feels like 97 with the humidity. Ugh. The pool was super warm and great.
My legs were getting antsy at that point, though, from a full day of flying and no exercise yet, so I decided to head out in the heat and run. I only made it for about 25 minutes, though, before I got seriously dizzy. This is the first time I’ve ever gotten truly dizzy to the point where I’ve had to stop running, so I figured I better play it safe.
I also completed the following circuit outside:
When I was done I was SO sweaty!
Once I was showered my mom and I were very hungry, so we headed to the famous Duval Street for dinner. We went to Mangoes, a cute restaurant right in the middle of all the action, and our dinner was delicious.
Mom started with the gazpacho, and I started with edamame. I squeezed lemon juice on it and they were warm, a little salty, and tangy. So tasty.
For our entrees, Mom had the mahi mahi and I had the salmon. Both were served with steamed veggies and rice. We were happy campers once we were done.
Once our stomachs were full, we walked down Duval Street and went into a few shops. The t-shirts here are hilarious and very inappropriate, which makes them awesome. I’ll refrain from sharing them with you, but if you’re ever in Key West, check them out.
Now we’re laying low and getting ready for an early night. I’ll be back tomorrow!
- Have you ever been to Key West? If yes, any recommendations on what to do?
- Where’s your favorite vacation spot?