A riveting skyline surrounded by dark blue ocean and dramatic cumulus clouds. A warm breeze that licks the back of your neck. A bustling metropolis of culture.
This is Miami.
Welcome to Miami.
My adventure in Miami was only for one day and one night. I felt like a little kid gripping the iron bars that surround the White House grounds, being so close but not being able to actually step foot inside. Miami taunted me: go here, see this, do you know about that? I felt like exploring, but where do you begin in a city so alive? Miami was like a snake slithering about, changing with each block.
In the night, the city was alive with effervescent lights, a deep vibrato resonating from nearby nightclubs. During the day, the sun soaked into my skin like it was dripping gold, furious and heavy and hot.
Everywhere I went, Will Smith's tune Miami thumped in my head:
Party in the city where the heat is on / All night on the beach til the break of dawn / Welcome to Miami / Bienvenidos a Miami
It's a city where skyscrapers tower over palm trees, cabs transport tourists going on cruises and the water is the bluest, warmest, most enticing water in the continental U.S.