Welcome to colorful Miami! When I was a a student, it was my dream to live in Miami. I had watched way too many TV shows (CSI Miami anyone?) on Miami that I had formed a glorified idea of what this city would be like. Similar to how some people view NYC. NYC to me was never SATC or other shows and glamour, unlike many other people who have that view before they move there and see how different it is. When I moved to NYC, I had zero expectations of it, I just knew it was the right move and I belonged. Miami on the other hand was a secret obsession and constant fascination.
I applied to university there but was not accepted. Instead I ended up at UWF in Pensacola. Some people consider this the "armpit" of Florida. While it wasn't that bad, it wasn't that great for me and my soul either. It was actually an experience I decided to leave behind after one semester already. When originally I had planned to stay for two years, I moved back to Europe, completed my studies and then dove into NY. I first came to Miami in 2013. It was all South Beach or nothing. While it's ok for a few days, it got annoying for longer.
This year I am fulfilling a secret dream and spending more time here. I have so far managed to stay far, far away from South Beach and that crowd. Instead, I am closer to the Latin communities and perhaps what one would consider as more "local." I have been pretty positively surprised by how nice native Miami people are and how much more I have in common with them than thought. Not politics or anything like that. But just general views and a connection. Spending a full month here feels like a treat.
Sure there are some things I don't like. But it reminds me that nothing is permanent. Everything is temporary. We are in a constant flux of creation, experience, life cycles and more. Miami also has the powerful Chaldean numerology of 11, which is a master number. Master numbers are all about mastering something. More about that in a different post, though.