I have to admit I was a bit clueless about Miami before I arrived here. For example, I didn't know Miami Beach is a completely different city to Miami. And South Beach - the bit you always hear about - is on Miami Beach.
My knowledge, as of my arrival date, came from two distinct areas: Miami Vice and the computer game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. I was OBSESSED with that game and played it for two months solid, although my brother had to help me with a couple of bits I couldn't do.
Oh, I'd also heard the Will Smith song about five billion times. That's a lot of time in my life I will never get back.
Anyway. To get a sense of what Miami is like, do the following:
Turn your oven to 100 degrees F and get inside
Take away pale white British people! Add overly groomed guys with mahogany tans and girls of all shapes and sizes wearing bikinis of all shapes and sizes
Add loud salsa music, house music and Cuban food
Think of what cigar smoke, coconuts and suntan lotion smells like, add a touch of the warm, bright blue ocean
Imagine light sand under your feet
Forget what day it is or what time it is, because it doesn't matter!
Here are some pics to give you an idea of the amazing Art Deco district (on South Beach, where I'm staying) and more:
And one of Miami Ink (obviously)
Here's my delicious pasta with tomato source and shrimp
More pictures to follow!