The hostel we are staying at is really a PART-AYYYY hostel; they go to bars/clubs every single night! Anna and I woke up at around 10:30am and were the first to leave the hostel. 2 of the girls from Switzerland at party animals and we only ever see them for like 30 minutes, that’s how it should be I guess, you shouldn’t be couped up in a room all day if you’re on holidays. Anna and I left at around 11am and took a nice long walk to the Holocaust Memorial, the heat was typical Florida summer heat, I was sweating within 2 minutes of leaving the hostel and it was a 40 minute walk! We managed to find Lincoln Mall and strolled through to get some lunch at the Shake Shack (YES! I didn’t know they had one in Miami – I thought they were only in NYC), we ordered the exact same thing as we did the last time, I don’t know why we didn’t try something new.
So the walk ended up being over 1 hour since we took a detour through Lincoln Mall, though it was much more enjoyable this way, the walk from Lincoln Mall to the Holocaust Memorial had no shade, we were walking through BLAZING SWELTERING MIAMI HEAT, luckily we bought and wore sunscreen! I am now about 2 shades darker; I think after LA, I will go from a sun-kissed glow to a little black thing (5 shades darker!).
The Holocaust Memorial is a sculpture garden dedicated to the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, the place is so serene and peaceful while being kind of upsetting at the same time, maybe upsetting is not the right word, I can’t explain how the feeling is, guess you have to go to know. They have these big plaques explaining what happened, I have a general idea of what happened but it goes into more detail and there are graphic pictures of the people who perished, the bodies piled on the ground after the gassing, the emaciated after-shots of women who were so voluptuous prior to the Holocaust, children crying… the main sculpture is of a gigantic hand, with Jewish men/women/children adorned all around it, it takes you a while before you walk into the main area with the hand. It takes roughly 10minutes to get through it, maybe 20minutes if you read through everything. It’s FREE.
1933-1945 Meridian Avenue Miami, FL 33139
It took us a while to find Ocean Drive, it is really quintessential Miami, and you don’t get more Miami than this. We went during the day, but supposedly it really is a sight to see at night, but there are lots of hustlers and they try to lure you into bars and stuff, Anna and I are also scared to walk out on the road at night, yea, call us chickens, but we try to be as safe as we can most of the time. We took a nice walk and had plans to go and enjoy South Beach; we only dipped out feet in the day before. We ended up at a bar instead to cool off, and each ordered 36 oz drinks, I ordered a Mango Madness (Pino Colada with Mango Puree) and Anna ordered a Strawberry Daiquiri, big mistake, BIG BIG BIG mistake. It seems to be a running theme that we do things like that, order excessively, I blame it on the fact that we were in Miami and the drinks were $15 each. The drink was really the size of my head. My belly doesn’t even fit that, I did about half and felt so so so so so so sick after, Anna puked when she got home, so we did not go to the beach as planned – I think we’ve abandoned so many plans, that we our official titles are now ‘Plan Abandoners’.
Fuji Japanese Buffet
We walked past this buffet while going to the Holocaust Memorial, we’re promised nigiri sushi, snow crab legs, and sashimi for a mere $16.95 for dinner – though they don’t tell you that they dump an 18% mandatory gratuity onto your bill, still cheap though! We went at around 8:40pm, and the restaurant was fairly empty – never a good sign eh? It’s usually kind of indicative of the quality of food. Anyway, we sat down and started piling the sashimi, I also grabbed a few snow crab legs, shrimp/prawns, tuna tataki and nigiri sushi (they only had tuna, salmon and albacore). The sashimi was surprisingly edible, I expected worse, we pretty much cleared the big plate at the buffet and the owners were staring at us. The snow crab legs were SO GOOD, so much meat and so sweet, we did not expect that, I grabbed like 3 for myself and Anna ate 2 – so so so good, I love snow crab legs now! They also have an assortment of desserts (6-8 flavours of ice-cream, jelly, pecan pie, brownies, some cheesecake thing). All in all, you get what you pay for but it is pretty decent value for money.
1415 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
We retreated back to the hostel and waited until everyone left for the clubs and then we went downstairs for the first time to play pool and ping-pong, I am really not as good as I think I am, so if I have ever claimed to be decent to you, forget about it, I am pretty horrible! It was fun though; I can see why the hostel was righted so high. You meet really friendly people (most of the time), some people are super creepy, we witnessed the front desk guy try to hit on a European girl, he was so much older and brushing putting her hair behind her ear with his fingers.
Times up for me!