Here’s a recap of my first 48 hours in Miami.

1:30 pm, Thursday – Couchsurfing and Lincoln Road

Like many a tourist, I decided to base myself in South Beach. It’s the East Coast’s Beverly Hills. There’s so much money walking around, you can smell it.

I took a $2 bus from Aventura to Lincoln Road, the epicenter of South Beach, after staying with Danny and Jillian from I Should Log Off further north.

Along the way, I spotted my first (of two) orange Lamborghinis.

I got off the bus at Lincoln Road, an 8-block outdoor mall between Alton Road and Washington Ave, lined with dozens of shops and restaurants. I could immediately tell this was my kind of neighborhood.

As I rolled my new luggage down the pedestrian walkway, I noticed plenty of pretty people, and a lot of skin. Much more than I was use to seeing in South American cities, even in the summer.

Reverse culture shock strikes again.

I was psyched to find Briana’s (my couchsurfing host’s) apartment was a block off Lincoln Road. It was a cute studio, which reminded me of my old apartment in Virginia.

After getting to know each other, she headed to work, and I set out to explore Miami Beach.

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  • David Lee

    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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