Day trip to Miami

I lived in Miami for four years while I was getting my undergraduate degree at the University of Miami. They were some of the best years of my life. I haven’t visited the campus since I graduated 7 years ago.

We have been in a small town near Sarasota, FL for a couple of weeks now and we met up with one of my husband’s friends who said he was going to drive down to Miami for the weekend and offered to give us a ride. I jumped at the chance. My little sister lives there so it was a great opportunity to come down and see her.

Yesterday we spent all day going around to the places in Miami we wanted to see. We started off by going to Wynwood. When I was still living in Miami, Wynwood was not the up and coming artsy neighborhood it is now. It was actually a pretty rundown neighborhood that I never visited.

Now there is a lot of nice street art to see.

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After we met up with one of my husband’s old college professors, we went to check out a vegan bakery that I had found online.

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This place is SO GOOD. I got the flavors carrot, red velvet, key lime, and guava. My husband got the flavors key lime, passion fruit, vanilla on vanilla, and vanilla chocolate. We shared them among ourselves. They were ALL really good. My favorites include key lime and passion fruit. The chocolate frosting was also really good. I wonder what their secret is.

Next stop the University of Miami! We walked along US-1 a little bit and found a fancy dog park where we let our dog meet a few other dogs. Then we went on to the metro to head to the university.

So many memories rushed back when we got there. Things I hadn’t remembered until we were back there again. Even the smell as you walk on the breezeway. I don’t know how to describe it.

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This is the dorm my husband and I lived in senior year.

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This is us and our dog in front of our dorm :).

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The beautiful lake. So many memories of walking past this to go to class.

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This area did not look like this when we used to go to school here. I took this photo from the new university center. I was not a big fan of the new UC.

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My sister and I at this instagram spot :).

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I lived in the dorm on the right my freshman year. Also that bridge didn’t used to be there. There used to be a lot more lake on this campus. There was an alligator in the lake when I went to school here. He climbed out of the lake one time and was in the parking lot.

After that we visited the little shopping area near campus for some food and then we went home because we were really tired!

I had a lovely time. I actually kind of miss living here. That’s the thing about moving around so much. So many places can be thought of as home.

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