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Hemingway House

Posted by Susanna On February - 7 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Today we left beautiful Key West in direction Orlando. It took us quite a while until we arrived there. Before we visited the Hemingway House a second time.
Hemingway owned the house on Fleming Street from 1931 until his death in 1961. The uncle of his second wife Pauline bought it for the couple. Hemingway lived here for about ten years and later it was used at vacation home. The Spanish Colonial Style building was built of native rock from the grounds. It got the first pool of Key West which was built in the late 1930’s and cost US$20.000. According to the legend after finishing the pool Hemingway took a penny from his pocket and pressed it into the wet cement and announced: “Here, take the last penny I’ve got!” One can still see the penny over there. The six-toed cats were everywhere this time. Amazing that there all decendants of the one six-toed tomcat Hemingway once got from his friend a captain.

Hemingway House

On the way to Orlando we stopped for Pizza and I took a photo at a complete pink bathroom… Guess what color the men’s was – blue!
At a gas station in Orlando I was wondering why they would have a massive sign saying they would sell ice cream still enlightened at night – but upside down.
Why would they not hang it right? I had to ask since that was such a weird discovery. And they actually told me the most unexpected… They didn’t sell ice cream anymore but since the sign left ugly wholes in the wall after taking it off they just put it back on – only upside down. So people would immediately know they don’t sell ice cream anymore. Yeah, right!


 

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Beach time

Posted by Susanna On February - 6 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Key West is such a vacation place. Everywhere hotels, holiday apartments and pensions. Lots of people everywhere… At the beach I met that funny parrot hippie lady. She was chilling with her three parrots which I was able to hold for a photo. The parrots loved me since they thought I was one of their kind because of my green shirt…

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Butterfly Garden Key West

Posted by Susanna On February - 5 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

There is a butterfly garden in Key West as well and since I love butterflies I needed to go… Everywhere hundreds of butterflies and some tiny birds. It is a wonderful place and at the belonging shop they even restore butterflies so you could hang them in your room. My friends had given me that big butterfly in Ecuador but it was not good enough for being restored. Too bad….

Butterfly Garden Key West

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Key West

Posted by Susanna On February - 4 - 20111 COMMENT

After a few days in Miami mostly fixing my laptop and external hard disc problems we went to Key West. It is the most southern tip of Florida and the US.  It has been a long drive yesterday and we arrived today early in the morning. It was crazy almost every hotel is booked out. Key West seems to be a hot spot in the states and I have to admit – I love this place. It has so many lovely restored historical houses and nice little shops and galleries. Hemingway had lived here for years with his second wife (her uncle bought them a house over here) and he had breed Six-toed cats which descendants you can still see relaxing at the house. I love the Audubon gallery where I got an original print as a gift. Audubon was probably the most famous bird drawer in the late 18th / early 19th century. I got even a book of him at home since the drawings / prints are so amazing. Basically they are as good as photographs since they had no cameras back then. Jon and I had met two crazy guys from around Boston and we went to a cruise around the keys in the evening.

Key West

Hemingway House

Sunset Cruise

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Miami beach

Posted by Susanna On February - 1 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

I am back in the US. Used my last free flight I had won last year. It was hard to leave Central America. It is so amazing over there and I simply love it. Luckily I arrived yesterday in Miami which is at least not as cold as the rest of the States right now. I am going to meet my friend Jon. Have not seen him for over 1 1/2 years so it is kind of exiting. He had organized this nice hotel directly at the Miami beach. Yesterday I just crashed in the bed so exhausted I was. Today I waited for Jon and then we had a pretty relaxed day just chilling and having good food.

 

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The Butterfly Effect

Posted by Susanna On January - 30 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

After a long exhausting day I arrived yesterday in San José the capital of Costa Rica. I just wanted to spend one day over here but since it is weekend many things were closed. On my search for an ATM machine I met two American men who had stayed here for longer. We started chatting and since I was on the way to the butterfly place (As you might guess – I love butterflies.) they joined me. The Spirogyra Butterfly Garden is worth a visit. All over you can see the most beautiful insects flying around… After the visit we all went to a very great dinner. Thanks Rick for the invitation!

Spirogyra Butterfly Garden

San José impressions

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Finding the waterfall…

Posted by Susanna On January - 28 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

My last day in the jungle. I decided to look for the waterfall again. Giving it a second chance. So I hiked up again for hours. Enjoying the beauty of pristine unspoiled rain forest with all it amazing creature. Finally I came to the river again and this time I followed the river which was quite difficult with my equipment. Then there it was – the waterfall. A real jungle waterfall. Crystal clear and refreshing. I had a dip with my feet then I made my way back so I would arrive before darkness at the lodge.

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Jungle ride

Posted by Susanna On January - 27 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

After one day back in Puerto Jiminez my new friends left yesterday and I had come back to the jungle. I had organized a horseback ride today. What the great thing about it was is that I could go by myself without guides for just US$5 an hour! I was so happy since I love to do things on my own sometimes. Horse rides with guides are usually boring since one is not allowed to do things different than the guide wants and also the horses are mostly spoiled. My horse this time was perfect! We were enjoying a ride for three hours! I went first up into the rain forest observing tucans and macaws. Suddenly I was witnessing a cow giving birth – great! Everywhere blue morpho butterflies danced in the twilight and I heard exotic noises. I went up to a hill and could even see the ocean. Partly my horse and I were followed by a younger horse what was quite amusing. Ohhh I enjoyed these hours. When I came back down to give back my horse I realized I had 30min more so I decided to go a bit faster in a different direction. And what a surprise – this horse was not at all tired! It was running as no other horse I ever rented did. Amazing. So far that was my best horseback ride while traveling!

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Chilling…

Posted by Susanna On January - 25 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Just some chilling in Puerto Jiminez. My friends left today and before that we just checked out the beach for a quick cool down and swim.

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What waterfall?

Posted by Susanna On January - 24 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Today I got up very early in the morning since my friend Ruth and I wanted to do a quick hike to the waterfall. We did and saw numerous bird, macaws and frogs. Even a few snakes. But when we reached the river we could not find any waterfall. So Disappointing! But when we came back to the lodge people told us where the actual waterfall was. So we basically missed it!! Too funny. We left around noon back to Puerto Jiminez. While we made it to the pickup van right in time (Even though one of the new friends had some issues – that is what happens when you travel with more than yourself.) we waited for ages for the bus… Public transport is just not that reliable here than in Europe!

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