Destination: Florida!

Florida is so wonderful. While, yes, it is hot here and they have humidity, it’s not the same sticky humidity that we get back home. Needless to say, I find it delightful. I really have missed this place and I’m glad to be back.

My road trip with Kels and Marty went by with little issues. I think the longest duration of the trip was South Carolina. It just felt like it took forever to get through that state. We stopped three times for gas and 5 times for food. Honestly, I thought we were never going to get to Florida because of all the stops we took. But, we made it, yay! To be honest, it wasn’t as nerve-wracking as I thought it would be, the drive down I mean. So, yay!

Jaren’s apartment is AMAZING! I would share pictures, but I want to ask before I do. I don’t want him to be weirded out or anything, haha! The decor is very snazzy. It was all done by one of his room mates. This guy has a taste for interior design. It’s like “magazine-ready” good.

Yesterday, after our long trip ended and we finally ended up at Jaren’s, we ended up going to the pool at his apartment community, then to DownTown Disney for dinner. We ate at the Earl of Sandwich, yum! I missed that place! AND, all of DownTown Disney is being remodeled! Especially the West Side and Pleasure Island! They’ll be renaming DownTown Disney to Disney Springs once all of the construction is done, although there are already a bunch of new shops and a parking garage. More shops are planned and a second parking garage!

Here is some of the concept art!

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 12, 2013 – Along with an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, Disney Springs (as shown in this conceptual rendering) will feature a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 12, 2013 – Along with an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, Disney Springs (as shown in this conceptual rendering) will feature a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry.

Disney Springs Town Center Concept Art

I do have some pictures I took for you guys, though.

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This is Tampa. I drove by it today on my way to St. Pete’s Beach. I’ve never seen Tampa before when I used to live in Florida, so it was cool to see. Although, I’ve seen bigger cities that are more congested and knit-together.

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Wawa’s in Florida apparently all have walk-in beer coolers. Since this nifty feature isn’t included in the layout of our Wawa’s back home, I can see how some people might be jealous. But, since I don’t drink alcohol (I don’t like the taste, and it usually smells weird), I think it’s just an interesting addition.

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I found this really cool conch shell today at St. Pete’s Beach! I sort of stepped on a part of it, so I went underwater and dug it up and I was like “Oh, a pretty conch shell! I’m gonna keep it!”

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But, it had a sea slug living inside of it, so…I put it back in the ocean. I walked through the waist-deep, low tide water, up onto the sandbar, then past the sandbar to waist-level again and gave him a light toss back into the ocean. Hopefully he was able to bury back into the sand and no one else took him out of the water to keep his shell.

Finally, I’d like to conclude with a picture of me and my friend, Kels, at the beach today. The pose was her idea. I’m the blonde one on the right and she’s the shorter blonde on the left. Have a great day everyone!

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Look for my words again soon!

Soleil

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