We've just got back to the hostel after trekking round Miami for the day, which was better than Suzy and I had expected. To start with we wandered down the endless North Beach right on the east coast and then we took a bus into town where we noticed that everything is much bigger. Big cars (humvees look small here), big buildings, big boats and the people are either big or tiny. Strangely the cars have no number plates on the front and the post vans look really odd (see photo). The post office we found on the other hand was like a church with huge paintings and a domed ceiling.
The other highlight was travelling (free of charge) on the Metromover, which is a monorail system that takes you all around downtown Miami. There are some pictures though Suzy didn't like looking out the front when we went round corners as it sometimes felt like the train might topple off the rails, which are quite high off the ground.
We also came across a Christmas tree in the middle of the day whilst re-applying sunscreen, which felt very odd. It certainly doesn't feel like December over here (sorry to rub it in ; )
Finally, out of several million people we were astounded to bump into two of our Argentinean friends from the cruise who were driving along next to our hostel! It is a very small world sometimes.
Both of us are a little nervous about arriving in San Jose (Costa Rica) tomorrow morning though our transition has been helped by a slightly dingy hostel in comparison to the ship and the fact that everyone we've met speak Spanish as their first language rather than English.