First Miami Adventure

Hi, guys!

My husband and I just got home this morning from a short trip to Miami! We went down for his sister’s wedding, but since neither of us had been there before we made time to do some exploring!

We arrived on Thursday morning and had the rest of the day to check out the city. After having a quick lunch, we drove to Key Biscayne where we walked along the beach, climbed the Cape Florida Light lighthouse, saw an iguana fall from a tree (not kidding), and enjoyed some beautiful sunshine!

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I took this photo from the top of the lighthouse. I’m terrified of heights, so I snapped this quickly. Isn’t it beautiful, though?

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The Cape Florida Lighthouse (105 steps to the top!)

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After, we went and got ice cream at Azucar Ice Cream Company. They had a long list of different flavors; it was hard to choose one! I ended up getting Raspberry Sorbet while Robby had Dulche de Leche. Both were so creamy and delicious! If you’re ever in Miami, check this place out.

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That night, Robby’s sister and her now husband had some of his family over for dinner and we joined them. They’re such friendly people and we really enjoyed their company! They’re from the Dominican Republic and they welcomed us to stay with them if we ever travel down there. So nice!

Friday morning started off with some donuts from The Salty Donut! We ended up choosing maple bacon, flan, traditional glazed, cookies and cream, and classic chocolate glazed from their list of craft donuts. I didn’t try all of the ones we got, but the cookies and cream one was my favorite!

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After breakfast, Robby and I went to South Beach. The beach itself was pretty empty since the weather was in the 60s to low 70s, but it was still beautiful! We took a short walk before continuing on Ocean Drive, which was right next to the beach. There were bike riders, runners, and visitors enjoying the scenery and weather.

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One of my favorite things I saw was the Starlite Hotel, a 50’s-style hotel (I love the 50’s)

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There were more buildings that had the same style; I was in love!

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We ate lunch at a place called Joe’s Take Away, which is a more casual version of the restaurant Joe’s Stone Crab (they’re next door to each other). I got the Manhattan Clam Chowder and a small side of fries (which looked more like a large), and Robby had the Mahi-Mahi sandwich. Everything was delicious and fresh!

South Beach was my favorite part that we got to visit. I would love to go back there someday!

The wedding festivities began late that afternoon. Robby’s sister and her husband had a pretty non-traditional wedding. They were married at the courthouse in Coral Gables, followed by a family dinner at a restaurant called Grazianos.

The following day, Saturday, was the reception. It was held on the rooftop of a 14 story floor building, which provided a stunning view of the city! We spent the morning setting up tables, chairs, and decorations. Of course I don’t have any photos, but everything looked beautiful and setup went smoothly!

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Once we finished, we all went our separate ways to grab lunch and then get ready for the celebration. They probably had 80-85 people in attendance, but it was a fun crowd and everyone appeared to be having a great time! It was also nice because we got to hang out with some of Robby’s family who had attended our wedding in October, but we barely got to see or talk to them during it since we were all over the place.

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We weren’t in Miami for too long, but we still had a great time! I would definitely like to go back someday and do more exploring.

Has anyone else been to Miami? What do you like it about? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

A Little Bit of Spontaneity

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m typically not a spontaneous person. I like to have a plan for things before jumping in, especially when it comes to traveling of any sort.

My husband and I spontaneously planned a three-day weekend to Quebec in May with my best friend, Kassy, and her husband, Ian! We were talking about traveling and Ian was going through a list of the top 52 places to visit. Someone had suggested that one day, the four of us take a trip together since we never have before. Kassy had also mentioned that her and Ian wanted to travel somewhere to celebrate Ian receiving his master’s in May.

(I’m honestly not sure how Quebec fell into this thought process)

Before we knew it, Ian was perusing Airbnb to check prices. Within an hour, we had a place booked! We still have plenty of time to figure out what we’d like to do/see while in Quebec, but I’ve never booked a trip on the spot like that. I won’t lie, my anxiety-ridden self was quietly going, “Whoa, what!?” on the inside. However, Robby and I have been wanting to visit Canada (neither of us have before), and now we’ll finally get to explore one of its cities! Plus, we’ll be in good company!

Occasionally sprinkling a little spontaneity into your life if you’re more of a planner is okay. It’s something I definitely want to try more. Kassy even bought me a copy of Breathe magazine, and the first piece is on spontaneity and living in the moment (so fitting!). It explains how breaking away from your usual routine or norm can be exciting, empowering, and give you a new perspective. There’s even a small list of suggestions that allow you to include spontaneity into your daily schedule.

Robby and I have been thinking of trips to take this year, but Canada wasn’t on our radar. Now it is! Even though it wasn’t part of our travel plans, I’m really glad for our spontaneous decision to go with our friends. I can already tell it will be an awesome time!

Does anyone have their own stories of spontaneity? I’d love to hear about them! Let me know in the comments 🙂

When in London: Harry Potter!

I hope everyone is having a good weekend!

I thought I’d share a piece of my honeymoon with you all. I’ll definitely share more, but this one activity needs its own post!

We spent two weeks in the UK; most of it was in Scotland, but then the last few days were in London. While we were in London, we did the Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. I’m a big HP fan, so I was super excited to be doing this!

We took a double-decker bus (which reminded me of the Knight Bus) to the Warner Bros. lot for our 9am tour. They even played Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for the ride over!

Seeing all the actual sets, props, and costumes that were used in the films was incredible. There was so much to look at (the amount of photos I have just from this tour is probably ridiculous, but that’s okay). We saw everything from the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest, and the Gryffindor Common room to the large chess pieces, the serpent door Harry opened to get into the Chamber of Secrets, and Aunt Marge’s body when she was blown up.

*I apologize that these photos aren’t of the best quality. I took them with my iPhone since my DSLR camera was giving me a hard time (I didn’t want to spend too much time trying to fix it or else I would’ve have missed parts).

The Great Hall:

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The Mirror of Erised:

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The Fat Lady:

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Gryffindor Common Room:

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Dumbledore’s office:

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Quidditch:

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Entrance to the Chamber of Secrets:

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Professor Dolores Umbridge:

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Platform 9 3/4:

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The Knight Bus, 4 Privet Drive, and the Potter’s cottage in Godric’s Hollow:

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Chess pieces:

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Goblins, Fawkes, Dobby, Cornish Pixie, and Buckbeak:

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Aunt Marge’s body when she was blown up:

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Diagon Alley:

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Hogwarts Castle:

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Phew! Apologies for the lengthy post, but like I said, TONS of photos (I took way more than I actually showed here). I might do a part 2 so I can show you guys things I didn’t include like the Yule Ball, more costumes/props, The Burrow, etc.

I hope you enjoyed! I would definitely recommend doing this if you’re ever in London and are a big HP fan like myself.