As we settle back into the usual routine of balancing both work and school, I think about the great way I ended a very enjoyable summer. Of course first came the hard work. As soon as the spring semester finished, I began working more hours and eventually became a full time employee working approximately 35 hours a week. The income was great because I had enough to give my mom to help around the house (yes, I still live with my mom), some spending money and also enough to put into my savings.
Out of nowhere I spontaneously decided to give myself a treat of taking a trip down to Miami for labor day weekend. I was especially satisfied with the fact that I was able to pay all the expenses of this trip with my own money, which I hadn’t done before. It was a feeling that made me feel proud of myself.
During our time there we visited many local bars and restaurant in the surrounding area of Miami Beach including Brickell, Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale and Wynwood as well as South Beach. My favorite restaurant that we visited was of course a Cuban one called Havana 1957 conveniently located on Ocean Drive. During the day we mainly spent our time at the beach but of course my very fair skin refused to catch a tan, you could hardly tell I was there. Most importantly, the best part of my trip was the opportunity I had to go parasailing, something I’d never done before; I’m an adrenaline junkie so I didn’t even have to think twice about signing up. As my friend and I elevated up high into the sky, the view of the city of Miami looked extraordinary. Aside from the views you see on an airplane, the experience of personally being up so high was awesome. I felt so free, like bird with it’s open wings surfing through the clouds. Essentially this vacation was more a statement of proving to myself that if you work hard you make things happen. Summer of 2016, thank you.