So we made it!  All the way to Miami Beach from Texas via car!  Yup, you read that right… we drove!  Everyone was so shocked when we told them that.  I was like “ey, we grew up driving to Mexico ese… this is nothing cabrones!”  Okei, so I was nicer.  How could I not be?  The soundtrack in my head the entire time we were there was En El Mar La Vida Es Más Sabrosa

I could not get that song out of my head.

hispanicize 2013 hispz13 miami beach los metiches juanofwords craftythrifter recap

We had a blast, what else can I say?  That pretty much sums it up.  But we did realize on the way there that this was the first exotic trip we were taking together alone so that made it all the more special.

hispanicize 2013 hispz13 miami beach los metiches juanofwords craftythrifter recap

The beach was so gorgeous!  I could not get over that either.  ¡Anduve bien anonadado!  So much so that I kept staring at the map on my iPhone to confirm that we had really made it all the way to Miami Beach!  Soy bien naco qué les puedo decir… 

hispanicize 2013 hispz13 miami beach los metiches juanofwords craftythrifter recap

This was our view from the hotel.

hispanicize 2013 hispz13 miami beach los metiches juanofwords craftythrifter recap

Even though we were there for the important business of attending Hispanicize 2013 (I was a speaker on a couple of blogger panels as well) I had to drag Anjelica out to the beach first!

hispanicize 2013 hispz13 miami beach los metiches juanofwords craftythrifter recap

Can you believe it?  We met La Crafty Chica in the flesh!  We were such groupies and followed her around every chance we got. She is SOOOOOOO SWEEEEEET!!

hispanicize 2013 hispz13 miami beach los metiches juanofwords craftythrifter recap

Ford sponsored our transportation by loaning us a 2013 Ford Edge that was just the right size for all of the luggage we took with us.  En serio we packed like locos.  I think I only left a pair of chones behind just in case I lost all of my luggage on the way there or back, LOL!

hispanicize 2013 hispz13 miami beach los metiches juanofwords craftythrifter recap

We met some very friendly locals who pointed us in the direction of South Beach to get authentic and very delicious Cuban food.  It was so good we kept going back to the same spot (Puerto Sagua).  Here it was really convenient to have our own vehicle in which to get around.

hispanicize 2013 hispz13 miami beach los metiches juanofwords craftythrifter recap

One day before we began our drive back we just happened to ride in the same elevator as La Santa Cecilia!  I was like “wait, you’re La Santa Cecilia!”  I think I scared them, jaja!  But it was all in good fun.  This trip was just the refreshment I needed to get my juices flowing again.

Gracias a ustedes por el apoyo siempre and for making opportunities like this one possible for us!