Key West is Best
Trip Start Feb 09, 2010
85Trip End Jan 22, 2011
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We got a terrible final last night's sleep in Colombia thanks to the worst snorer in the world. As we knew we had to get up early it was SO frustrating being kept awake and despite our attempts to shut the offender up (including throwing a lime at him) we eventually just gave up and saw the funny side so recorded his dulcet tones as evidence. We got out of bed at about 3:30am after being awake from around midnight and headed to the airport.
Our flight to Miami passed without incident, all of us quite excitable as we’d been looking forward to America for so long as we had so much planned and it’d be a nice break for us from backpacker life (not that it’s overly hard work of course!) We landed in the late morning, USA time, and spent a good hour or so queuing at customs which was quite frustrated as we just wanted to get going with David’s birthday surprise
The drive itself turned out to be really straightforward as soon as we got on the road – it’s pretty much just one freeway all the way down to the Keys. Scott drove out of Miami and then when we were about an hour in, I took over
The B&B we’d booked was an absolute winner and was so beautiful and quaint. Painted pink, gorgeously decorated and kitted out with a jacuzzi and the biggest bed I’ve ever seen it was a lovely change from the snorer-filled dorm rooms and hostels we’d been in for the last 4 and a half months. David and Scott bagged the huge bed and we headed out to get some food before an early night as we were all so tired from the day’s flights, drives and excitement.
Our first morning in the US was special for one more reason – it was David’s birthday
We then headed out into Key West which was my favourite place on our American Adventure I think. It was so quintessentially American with the blue skies, palm trees and pastel-coloured housing. It was absolutely gorgeous with such a happy-go-lucky vibe that it was the perfect place to enjoy David’s birthday. We spent the day walking around the shops, all treating ourselves to new clothes and laughing at the novelty t-shirts for sale. We had a bite to eat at Denny’s Diner which became a regular in the USA as a whole due to it’s cheap grub and free wifi which was most useful. That evening we had a night out to celebrate David’s quarter-century. We had a few appetizers nd a pitcher of beer between us to start the evening at a place called the Hogsbreath Saloon before moving on into town. The South African manager of our B&B had recommended a drag-queen show so we headed to that and managed to sweet-talk the bouncer into getting let in for free when it should have cost us $10 each! Something to do with a mixture of all three of our charm I think! We enjoyed the show, finding the acts as hilarious as worryingly-realistic. The drinks and laughs flowed throughout the night and we all had an absolute blast, especially me and Scott who encountered a trolley on the way home and had a great time delighting in pushing each other around in it and being generally silly as only drunk people can.
Luckily the hangover didn’t hit us too hard in the morning – the huge, delicious breakfast and ice-cold water helping us to feel human again. As we had a hotel arranged in Miami we decided to leave Key West in the mid-morning and drive up to Miami sooner rather than later. So we took the roof off the car again and drove back in the blistering heat – it was a nicer drive on the way back because the sun was shining so brightly, really showing off the gorgeous Florida sea in all it’s clear-blue glory. We were all absolutely roasting by the time we stopped to get some food so put the roof back on before any of us got burnt. It was then a case of putting our foot down and heading back to Miami and our next whistle-stop.