South Florida is a polarizing place. You either love it or hate it – there are no in betweens. If you asked me five years ago if South Florida was a place I liked, I’d have told you absolutely not. The humidity, the scene, the big highways. But that has changed, and I’ll be Miami bound this weekend!
South Florida used to be a place I visited from time to time. I’d jet off for a quick weekend away to visit my brother who went to college down there. But it was just a visit and I’d never consider living in Florida. It was sticky hot all the time — I hate sweating unless I’m working out — full of mosquitoes and just not my idea of a perfect vacation locale. I like snow and winter, so Southern Florida just wasn’t my cup of tea.
But now, my brother has decided to make a life for himself down there and just got married. My parents recently just moved there themselves. So heading to Southern Florida is no longer a place to visit just for fun, but a place to go “home” to see the people who matter most. A place I used to take for granted has now taken on a whole new meaning — a meaning I really like.
Living somewhere far away has made me appreciate all that is American.
From the big SUVs that overcrowd the 6-lane highways to Dunkin’ Donuts (which are a dime a dozen back home) to the humidity to the freezing A/C and especially the gorgeous water views along A1A, the family time, the outdoor shopping malls and all the other craziness that’s South Florida — I love it all. It’s where I’ll now go to get my little fix of America.
And maybe the best part of South Florida? The fact that I’ll always have somewhere to stay. Who can hate a place that provides free room and board??:-)
I’m wholly looking forward to this trip. More to come soon!