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Mon, Jan. 19th, 2009, 12:22 am
More from the Miami Trip - 18th January 2009

you can be a long way from home but some things don't change. I am sitting on the veranda in front of the hotel and a little sparrow is hopping around picking up crumbs from around my feet, what is different is the fact that it is 16 degrees and sunny, when I am more used to snow on my birthday. Also all the art deco hotels are a bit different than I am used too.

Just met one of the doggy guests from the hotel, the cutest little wire haired miniature dachshund Interestingly the reception girl is looking after him while his owner has breakfast. Today currently feels like a holiday rather than a work trip.

Of course not everything looks glamorous in paradise just out of the downtown Miami there appear to be loads of people living rough in some disused car parks. We drove past them on the way to the Everglades.

Just been passed by a taxi advertising "The World Erotic Art Museum".

All along the road I keep seeing flocks of huge birds, they look like some form of bird of prey, no idea what.

Just passed a building that is displaying the temperature and it is 74 at 11am.

The further out of the city we get the more different things are starting to look. There are large areas of what look like fields of long grass, that I know are likely to be wetlands. A large canal or drainage ditch that runs along the side of the road and it is full of cormorants, little egrets and what might just be pelicans.

Just been on the air boat tour and it was very good. the everglades are a strange combination of water, grasses and land and cover a huge area of water with different grasses growing out of it The land is occasional islands of land that sprout trees. There is a huge profusion of wildlife, from turtles and alligators numerous kinds of birds, fish insects and other reptiles.

Just being in an air boat is an experience in itself, but we managed to see quite a range of wildlife as well. The alligators especially seem to not be bothered by the boats and are easy to see. Other spots included a very large heron, egrets and turtles. There are also loads of butterflies and dragonflies around and some of the dragonflies are huge.

After the boat ride there was a wildlife show and a zoo to go round with examples of lots of the corodilian family, snakes and reptiles. I even got to hold a baby alligator, which feels much softer than you would imagine.

Returned to the hotel to meet up with my colleagues and we walked along the beach into the are that ha the stalls last night. Turns out that it is part of an Art Deco festival going on at the moment. Had a nice look around the stalls and there was even a greyhound rescue one.

Should be going for dinner soon.

Mon, Jan. 19th, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)

Get a photo of those birds and post it, someone can probably identify them for you. That's what I did on my last trip across the Pond.
Sounds like you're having a good time so far, anyway. Just be careful not to come back with any rescued greyhounds! :)