The real Miami - My Family Travels

When travelers think of Miami they think of the delightful weather, gorgeous beaches and the crazy night life is all it has to offer. This past summer I traveled and experienced Miami, Fl in a whole new way. Despite of what others may think about Miami, it’s packed with so many things to do for all ages and money isn’t needed to have fun. Along with that, Miami is melting pot that offers a variety of food and cultures from bountiful countries around the world.

Countless immigrants that settle in Miami bring along different food and traditional customs. Local Restaurants were always packed with hungry gregarious customers. There was so much to choose from at the Haitian Café I visited, but I chose the locals’ favorite, fried plantains. The plantains were flattened, hot, and lightly drizzled with salt. They were scrumptious and I couldn’t resist .These delightful appetizers are commonly found in Caribbean countries and they are eaten with small pieces of meat or salad. Boy I was glad we made a quick stop there.

As I rode through the hot illuminated city streets I noticed it was full of small communities usually named after islands not to far away such as Little Havana and Little Haiti. The buildings and local food markets have painted letters on their walls instead of the common signs you would notice in other cities stores. Pleasant music notes danced on the street as the local musicians performed. There were large flea markets in almost every corner that sold a variety of things from produce to designer clothing.

The environment around the community is very inviting. For example I went to buy some breakfast at a local market and I didn’t find the traditional things you would spot at a drug store. Instead I saw different spices, drinks, rice, and pastries from unique areas around the world. The freshly baked Cuban bread overflowed the bakery section with a great aroma. As I was walking down the aisle I could hear customers speaking all sorts of languages like Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Creole instead of the standard English language. While passing through the neighborhoods I could smell the charming scent of Mangos. Natives plant fruits and vegetables out in there front yard like they would in Caribbean countries such as Cuba. Every neighborhood had various tropical plants where as in other cities you would locate a rose bush or an oak tree in their front yard.

Coming to Miami this summer enabled me to learn about unique people and where they came from. Each of them had distinctive traditions that they shared with the community. These traditions were passed down from many generations and when people moved to Miami they brought these customs along with them. An example is shaved ice with fruit from Haiti, Home made Cigar created out of banana leaves from Cuba. The magazines and what the television commercial potrays is false . It seems like Miami is only known for its beaches and nightlife, but this summer I got to encounter the real Miami. This Miami is much more appealing than the beaches. The people are genuine and their culture, traditions, and food make a big part of the community. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on beach front hotels to enjoy yourself. If your ever headed down there ,you should definitely take a ride down the highway and head west to explore what I’ve experienced.

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