And so we continue on this epic journey!
That evening, after being bouncy-housed-to-hell, we pow-wowed at the hotel to relax and get ready for the epic stream of parties that were to kick off Art Basel. Everyone opeted for showering/makeup/getting dressed while I decided to take a solo adventure and explore the crazy hotel and grounds. Being sparkly pretty while on vacation isn’t very high on my to-do list haha..
First, I ventured out onto the pool area behind the hotel…
After my mini adventure, I got dressed in a hurry and met up with Caro to carpool to the Sanrio party. In true Sanrio fashion, there was a huge line snaking out the front. We were lucky enoguh to be able to skip that pesky line and go straight into the party, to be engulphed by the phalanx of people. Good lord it was crowded!
The random stripper chicks really confused me. Tsk tsk Sanrio. Whaaaatwere you thinking??
We hoofed it to a couple of other parties afterward, but turned in pretty early since we were all feeling like old biddies and were sleepy o.o The Sanrio party reached capacity waaay long before we showed up and we were being shoved around. Tsk tsk!
The next morning, I woke up earlier than the rest of the girls and embarked on another solo adventure.. this time to the jacuzzi!! It was GORGEOUS outside and I didn’t want to miss it! I tried to get someone to come with me but alas, the sleep monster was nomatch for my pleas!
The rest of the girls went off to see some moer art, which I’m a little sad I didn’t get to see, too… BUT! I had bigger plans in store! Caro kindly offered me a day trip in her dad’s helicopter!!! I had never been in one and was BURSTING with exciting to go…! So she picked me up from the hotel, we battled traffic to her parents’ house, and set off for the private aircraft airport!!! CRAZY FANCY!
Oh and another awesome thing is that everyone on the island has a little gold cart!!!!
There was also an air show and antique car show happeneing the next day on the island! We got to see some of the stuff they were setting up… old cars, planes, and boats galore!
Right after this, my camera died! How sad! We toured around the island a bit more after this, and went to the “beach club” where there were fancy drinks with little umbrellas and fruit, and a cute beach to sit on! We headed back to the helicopter after that and flew home just as the sun was setting and got a great view of Miami at night. They flew over downtown Miami and Miami beach so I could see it, and even flew over our hotel! haha. They were saying it would be so much more convenient if my hotel had a heli pad on top so they could just drop me off o.o WAAAAT? I was very grateful they took me on that awesome daytrip!! Thank you Caro!!! It was the best early-xmas gift ever! (even thought it wasn’t intended as such hehe)
When I arrived back at the hotel it was pretty late, so I treated myself to some fancy room service and waited for the other girls to arrive back to the hotel. Everyone was pretty tired, so they watched some scary ass poltergeist show on TV before going to bed. I am INSANELY SCARED of ghosts and the like and can’t even stand to talk about it, so of course I was up all goddamn night thinking something was going to kill me in my sleep. I am 6 years old. Nice to meet you.
The next day, we all woke up at a decent hour and explored the hotel beach and pool area! I was glad everyone made time to do this… it was so beautiful!
The ocean was a little too cold so we headed back to the jacuzzi. Well, this is where the story gets a little sad. My camera is WATERPROOF even though it is a digital camera, so I was very proud to bring it into the jacuzzi with us. Here is the last photo I every got with my stupid camera:
I didn’t have the battery cover on snugly so water got into the camera and it broke right after this. That’s right folks, I broke a WATERPROOF CAMERA WITH WATER. Sooo I had that guy for a full year, and had a good time of it. Now I am really sad about it still, and need to get another one. UGH. Sort of just want to get a hand me down sicne SURELY I WILL BREAK THE NEXT CAMERA WITH WATER ANYWAY 😦 😦
The last full day in Miami we spent by actually going to Art Basel! It’s contained in the Miami convention center, and had some nice, if very tame, art inside. We went back to the hotel for a bit and changed and Caro picked us all up to head to the STONE CRAB, rated #1 or 2 of Miami’s best restaurants for their unique Stone crabs! They apparently take off one claw and throw it back into the ocean and it grows another one o.o It was DELICIOUS! I shared a romantic dinner plate with Jamie, and a good time was had by all haha. After that we went to some weird party at a castle. Well, it was more of a warehouse with a castle facade. We party hopped a bunch after that, and I don’t know the names of any of the random gallery-party-events we went to. BUT it was a good last night in Miami 🙂
I stayed that night at Caro’s parents’ house with her and we both shoved off to the airport at an obcene hour of the morning the next day, where huge huuuge lines were waiting for us. UGHH!
And so ends the story of Miami! I had a lot of fun, and think if I ever went back, that I can just spend the entire time with Caro’s family ont heir crazy little island haha. Miami nightlife was cool, too, but man, I am all about beaches! (plus, you know, we have nightlife stuff in LA too nyuk nyuk).
Thank you to Jamie, Stephiee, My, Aracelli, and Caro for being great travel buddies!! I had so much fun and god it was SUCH A WELL-DESERVED VACATION! =D