Miami Round 2

I wish I had more to say about my second trip to Miami, but I didn’t dare venture out outside my comfort zone while I was there. It was also a very short trip— trust me when I say you need more than 2.5 days in Miami. Since the trip was so short, I only was able to get a few photos, so my apologies for the lack of visual content! Thank goodness I was only there just 5 months ago! I promise you’ll find my original Miami post (which you can find here) much more humorous and entertaining. However, I did have a wonderful time in Miami the second time around. I met my friend Natalie and her friend Joe at the Miami airport (they flew in a few days prior to my arrival date), and we headed to Fort Lauderdale to grab some lunch before heading to the beach. The last time I was in Miami, I was only brave enough to dip my toes in the water, but this time I was able to swim while in disbelief how warm the ocean was compared to the cold Pacific! I love love love Miami and its warm Atlantic water. Miami holds a very special place in my heart, and I think it has to do with my Airbnb host, Mama Maria. Mama Maria is truly an angel, and of course I stayed at her house again where I was greeted with a graduation surprise and the sweetest card on our bed. That’s what I love about traveling— you meet some of the most incredible people when you least expect it. Mama Maria cooked us dinner on our first night, and Natalie and I went out later that night with some new friends. The second day started off great; Natalie and I went for a run along the beach which is one of my favorite things about Miami. The humidity makes you sweat more than a normal person should, but there’s something about running alongside the turquoise colored water. It’s just one of the most refreshing things I’ve ever done in my life and I will never ever get tired of doing so. I honestly would fly to Miami just to spend time with Mama Maria and run along the beach, which is insane because I freaking live in San Diego, but it’s the simple things in life that makes me happy! After our run, Joe picked us up so we could get breakfast at my favorite Argentinean bakery which was just as delicious as I remembered.
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The night was very unfortunate… I lost my wallet (insert crying emoji). I was freaking out, and to make a long story short, some nice man was able to get in contact with me via Facebook messenger and I was able to get my wallet back… but of course, all the cash was missing. I should also mention that my new friend Joe is amazing— he took me to meet this man and was so supportive and helpful in terms of calming down (which I didn’t really do, but it’s the thought that counts!). So despite the fact that it was 2 AM, I was moneyless (I had cancelled all my cards the moment I realized my wallet was missing), and I was pissed about how careless I was, I figured screw it. Who knows when the next time I’ll be in Miami will be? So Joe and I went to my beloved Mangoes to go dance since I hadn’t done so since being in Miami. It wasn’t as “popping” as it was back in January, but I still had fun nonetheless! Joe was honestly so nice, he did so much for me and I don’t know how I’m going to repay him. He put so many things in perspective for me and even though it’s a hard lesson to learn, I now separate EVERYTHING. Cash is now in safe keeping outside of my wallet, where as my ID and credit card are in my wallet. Awesome traveling tip for anybody going on multiple adventures like I did. Anyway, Joe is older than me so he had more life advice to offer than most of my friends do, and even though homeboy was a little rebel when he was growing up, he’s incredibly wise and intelligent. I’m very grateful to have met him on this trip, and thankfully he lives in San Diego too, so I can hang out with him when I get back home.
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Can we just talk about how Miami-esque we look? 

The next day, Natalie and I packed, went out for breakfast, went for a walk, packed some more, and headed to the airport. Most of the day I was still upset thinking about how careless I was to have lost my wallet. Everything else was there, and although I was bummed about losing all my cash, I realized that money is simply an object. I have my family, friends, health, and most importantly, my happiness. My happiness isn’t defined by money, especially when I have too many blessings to count. Hell, being in MIAMI was a blessing in itself. And I got my wallet back with all of my gift cards, checks, and ID?? Losing some cash was nothing compared to this adventure I was on.
Even though Miami did me dirty (but really I did myself dirty because I was the one who lost my wallet, sigh), it taught me some much needed lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I think what I appreciate the most from this trip is learning the value of money; it’s not the end of the world when lost, and as long as I have the necessities in life (family, friends, health, education, happiness, and very soon a j-o-b), I’m cruisin’. Honestly! Of course, I’m going to be much more careful with my money, and I think why I took it so hard initially is because I work very hard for my money. If any of you are new readers to my blog, and you don’t know me personally, I work extremely hard for my paychecks; mom and dad don’t fund these traveling adventures I go on. It’s all on me, and that is why I worked four jobs this past semester so I can afford to see more of this world. I budget like crazy, crunch numbers, and calculate my expenses multiple times a day, and although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, it’s easy to let numbers dictate the way you live. My budgeting and calculations hasn’t changed, but the way I viewed money has. It’s simply an object, and when used wisely, it can take you far. But honestly, how wisely could I have spent that money in Miami? I probably would have purchased overpriced Coronas, Columbian coffee, and spinach empanadas that I shouldn’t have been eating anyway. It’s all about perspective, and I am so excited to apply this newfound perspective from here on out. Miami round two were some of the most memorable three days of my life, and after realizing all of the above at the Miami airport, I quickly had a smile plastered on my face as I embarked on my next adventure: New Orleans.
You can read about that adventure in the next post!
Love,
Caroline

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