Joining a couple of Austrian roadtrippers for a night in Miami

I got a call from an old friend the other day. “The Austrians and I are on our way to Orlando.”

Cool. I had known that there was a possible road trip but now it was official so I invited my friend from New York and his Austrian friends to crash with me. So after 20 hours of driving they arrived at 4:00 am. The Austrians went to bed right away while my friend and I talked for a bit.

The next day, my friend dropped the Austrians off at Universal. We hung out at home until the park closed and then met the Austrians at Universal City Walk – basically a bunch of restaurants and bars outside of Universal Studios. Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and drinks at Margaritaville had me feeling like a tourist myself.

The next day we made hotel reservations and all drove down to Miami. My wife and the dogs and I took our own car.

Our hotel, the Impala in South Beach, was good. Over the phone we got a price of $153 which was better than we could find online. No pet fee ($50 refundable deposit) and the manager offered to dog sit for us, which was amazing. We didn’t take her up on the offer, but we were impressed all the same. The floor was marble or some sort of nice stone and it was a good looking room.

Leaving the hotel, the Austrians went to the beach while my friend and I took advantage of happy hour. In South Beach, a drink can be 12.50 so it’s a good thing they were buy 1, get 1 free for a couple hours.

We tried to train the dogs to stay alone in the hotel room, but they howled like crazy when we left for even a moment so we had them with us the entire time we were in Miami, including our next stop, a Cuban restaurant. Yuca was recommended by a couple of locals, a bartender and my friend’s friend.

Dinner wasn’t cheap, but we hung around at our outdoor table for a couple of hours so I guess we got our money’s worth. Then we moved on to a bar to chat some more. My friend and the Austrians then went clubbing while I went to the beach to look at the stars and the Miami skyline.

The next day, we had to check out at 11:00 am. We grabbed some breakfast near the beach and my wife sat at the outdoor table with the dogs while I went for a quick swim. After a souvenir shop and some Miami South beach apparel for my wife, we were on our way back to Orlando to pack for our next trip.

It was a fun time. I got to see an old friend and I can count the Austrian road trippers as friends now as well. When I get to Vienna, they’re going to take me swimming in the Danube.

And the next day we left for our road trip – St. George FL, Columbus GA, Atlanta GA (plus Smyrna), Macon GA, and then back to Orlando. More details on that trip next time.

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