The second-to-last stops on our Southeast Coast Road Trip were Miami and Palm Beach, Florida. I skipped right over this part of the trip and wrote all about Cuba, but I wanted to make sure I shared about this part of our journey too.
We stayed two nights in Coconut Grove. Our hotel did not have this view!
The building boom may have slowed in downtown Miami, but it’s alive and well in the neighborhood of Coconut Grove. It’s also the reason the waterfront views of older properties here keep getting eclipsed by new construction.
Almost everywhere I’ve been in the past twelve months – from Nishinomiya, Japan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to south Florida – cranes are a seemingly permanent part of any major (and minor) urban landscape.
I first commented on cranes in one of last year’s blogs: Globlalization Through the Lens of Malaysia
We didn’t go to Miami for the views, so the cranes didn’t matter. We went so that I could guest lecture in a linguistics class at Florida International University, which is taught by my co-author, Phillip M. Carter, and where our textbook is being used:
Here are pictures Phillip took of me in the classroom.
It was a thrill for me to see students with their books open and passages highlighted. People are actually reading it! The students asked really good questions, and I was honored to have been invited.
Here the students are engaged in a group exercise to come up with proverbs from as many languages as they know:
On the blackboard is a Romanian proverb: Te faci frate cu dracul și treci pontea “You make a brother with the devil and you cross the bridge” = Sometimes you have to have to make a (bad) compromise to get something done.
The students produced proverbs from Spanish, Polish, Jamaican Creole, Chinese and Japanese. The exercise was related to Chapter Two “The Language Loop.” I was impressed with the range of languages the students in the class know.
I found the campus of FIU to be beautiful. It certainly makes the most of its tropical setting with rows of royal palms everywhere.
Fountains are also everywhere:
This fountain is ringed with study cabanas/swings:
The lobby of the humanities building is a tropical treat:
All in all I was impressed with the campus and the students.
Afterwards Delia, Phillip and I went to dinner at Pueblito Viejo #2, a Colombian restaurant. From the outside it looked interesting enough:
The inside was riotous!
The ceiling is an explosion of flowers and stuffed animals and dolls and what-have-you
We loved it!
Then it was on to drinks at the Sonesta in Coconut Grove:
We got there after sunset, and everything was dark… so once again, we did not have this view!
The next morning I couldn’t resist swinging by the Biltmore Hotel in the Caddy:
We continued on our Miami and Palm Beach, Florida trip. The last stops in our East Coast extravaganza, namely West Palm Beach and Palm Beach.
For lunch we chose Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar on 224 Clematis Street in West Palm. The ceiling is not as riotous as the one at Pueblito Viejo but at least it has some spangle-y stars and a hanging bicycle:
We took a trolley ride around West Palm then headed across the bridge to snooty Palm Beach. Every residential street is a warren of high hedges.
The Palm Beach Town Hall
On our way back to slum it in West Palm we exited by way of this magnificent drive:
Dinner was at an outdoor bar.
The next morning it was on to Orlando, our end-point for out Miami and Palm Beach, Florida jaunt.
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This post was written by Julie Tetel Andresen