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South Beach to Edinbrrr...

(Or 'Edinbro' to all you Americans out there)

sunny 29 °C

Hi there! Its been a while since we updated the blog... really sorry if you have been checking everyday to see whether we have written as we know most of you do......

Anyway, we are back in Scotland having returned over 2 weeks ago from hanging out on South Beach in Miami. Its been a bit of a temperature change, but good to be feeling the warmth of family and friends.

It was great to meet some more of the my crazy Vaughan relatives in Miami. (My grandfather is Jamaican and his some of his family moved to Florida and NY). My grandfather's last remaining brother (out of 6) -his elder brother Albert has many similarities that are uncannily like my grandpa's. They walk alike and have a similar build and have similar funny behavioural traits - such as bursting into song in the middle of a room.
One of Uncle Albert's daughters called Andrea seems almost the twin of my Aunt Carol (Grandpa's daughter) even though they have never met. I find it an incredible priviledge and so incredible to have a diverse and interesting family tree coming out of my Jamaican heritage. All the Vaughan family Emma and I have met have very interesting stories and seem to be high achievers and pioneers.

Andrea and her boyfriend Charles (who looks like a mixture between Obama and Tiger Woods) very generously took us to some of the touristy sites around Miami including the well-known and crazy South Beach and Ocean Drive. This is a real party street where even during the day there are some wild sights. We were taken to the last place that Versace ate before he died for breakfast (obviously he didnt die from something he ate there). His house is up the road on Ocean Drive. We also topped up our tans on South Beach as you do and thought about the winter and darkness that we would soon be going back to.
Andrea and Charles also took us to Key West which is the furthest south on the American mainland. It is the last in a chain of islands off the coast of south Florida. It was also an interesting place where we got our ubiquitous photo by the "Southernmost point" marker and passed by Ernest Hemingway's house and walked down some of the little seaside streets. Key-West is a bit of a hippie place. Past American presidents used to come here to vacation.
We grudgingly came to the end of our American travels, but visiting the family in Miami was a great way to finish. The next stage of life is a little less exciting as we prepare to head out to Kenya on the 29th January by packing, speaking at churches and saying goodbye to everyone...

Posted by africraigs 15:38

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