All is Paradise at Sunshine State - My Family Travels


It was unbearable and I felt as though I could hardly breathe. The weather was extremely humid and to this day, I’ve never experienced anything like it. I was afraid for the next nine days I had to spend here as my first vacation trip.

However, that was simply the first day and in this case, first impressions didn’t represent everything. I still remember when my younger brother, David, who was eleven at the time, and I preferred to wait inside rather than go outside and suffer seconds of the humid air to enjoy our first meal in a completely different state. Rather, we ate ravenously in the rental car when my mother and Uncle Jimmy returned. It was completely delicious: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and kernels corn.
It was as though we had revived and gained all our energy back. We drove around the rest of the day entering small plazas, and stopped to check in at a random motel to stay at for the night. The drawbacks from the first day were worth it because after that, every day that followed was pretty much unforgettable.

DAY 2, 3, 4

The next day, we checked into the Ramada Hotel. It was fantastic, room wise, food wise, basically everything! My Uncle Jimmy had these voucher tickets for free breakfast and dinner within the hotel and I won’t lie, that is probably how I gained the extra 5 pounds after the trip. LDuring the 3 days at the hotel, we would swim, eat, watch the Beijing Olympics on the hotel television, and drive around now and then. I cannot express the happiness of such a luxury and it is something I will forever treasure.

DAY 5, 6, 7

The best part of the trip was yet to come. It was time to go on a cruise to the BAHAMAS! Our destination was the Paradise Island Nassau where we would be able to spend several hours on the island.

The cruise was filled with tons of activities which included karaoke in the ‘Mermaid Lounge’, performances on the lower deck, bingo nights, a restaurant with outstanding waiters, pool, Jacuzzi, various ethnic food nights, as well as dancing with music provided on the main deck. It was absolutely perfect; one could never bebored upon the ship as festivities go on all night and there are just so many things to experience.

Now let me just say first and foremost, the waters on the island were absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Crisp, warm, and clear. However, just BEWARE, there are tons of people who would call out to you and try to convince to pay hundreds of dollars for a little tour around the island in their taxis. Personally, we enjoyed exploring the island ourselves marveling at all the wonders. Upon walking along the sands, I met a woman who called herself a ‘Bahama Mama’ offering to cornrow my hair. Of course I accepted for the experience! Little did I know, it was $2 for each braid and by the time she did half of my head, it totalled to $30! I was fine stopping there, not to mention the tugging was painful. Nonetheless, I was pleased for my new hairstyle!

DAY 8,9,10

We spent our last few days back in Fort Lauderdale in a very comfortable Super Hotel 8. It was August and I feared for my life here at Florida. It turns out that it was cyclone season and we saw on the news that a tropical storm that was approaching. No worries, the storm subsided and the trip was absolutely enjoyable!

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