Miami, Florida: Day 1

We had an uneventful flight to Miami, Florida, stopping off in Houston, Texas for a couple of hours.  I was told that United Airlines has its hub in Houston, which explains the many UAL gates and terminals. I was impressed with the efficiency of its personnel and assistance for people with special needs.  David and I were transported to the gate by wheelchair and to a different terminal via an elongated golf cart.  Wow!  It would have been impossible for us to walk the distance and figure out the maze of corridors at the Houston airport.

On the other hand, the dinner we were served on UAL was really lousy.  Chicken Stir Fry with white rice and limp vegetables.  Ugh. $10 each.

Here are photos of Miami as our plane descended:

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Here are photos of our room at the Hilton Miami Downtown on Biscayne Blvd:

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This is David, setting up our laptop computer.  Guess what!  FREE Wi-Fi during the month of August.

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That’s David in the background near the wall.  It just started to rain, so I hurried back to our room.  David didn’t mind the rain and swam anyway.

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TOMORROW:  Tour of the Everglades via hydroplane, something we have never experienced before.  Sure hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow.

20 Responses to “Miami, Florida: Day 1”

  1. denise Says:

    Great that your trip went smoothly, lousy food aside. Looking forward to what you think of the Everglades. It should be fun on the hydroplane.

  2. Christine Says:

    glad you made it safely, can’t go wrong with a Hilton hotel.

  3. Karen Says:

    Aloha Gigi- just saw a posting for an Accountant on the KITV jobs site, which David might find interesting. Have fun on your vacation!

  4. Cathy Says:

    Good to know you arrived on the mainland all in one piece
    We ‘experienced’ United last December – ask no questions you’ll be told no lies!
    Did they keep good time for you – every sector on our international and also internal flights were late. Missed flights had to be rebooked – don’t think we will be using them again
    Looking forward to your day in the Everglades

  5. Maria Says:

    glad you arrived safely. make sure you’re protecting yourself against bed bugs and checking your room!

  6. Jeanie Says:

    I’m glad to hear your trip went well and that you got such good help getting through the Houston airport. Your Everglades tour sound like it will be very fun.

  7. DJan Says:

    Sounds like you’ve got a good start. I hope the rain stays away for you, too. I look forward to hearing more! 🙂

  8. Suzanne Says:

    Looks like a blast. The Everglades are so different, fun and wonderful.

  9. jennjilks Says:

    It’s fun getting away from it all. No fun paying for bad food, but at least you didn’t have to prepare it!

  10. L...w Says:

    My daughter was on partial unemployment last year because she lost hours when her company lost a government contract bid but quickly found another job via a referral from the unemployment office. David can add that as another source for job referrals.

    Too bad it wasn’t sunny in Miami yesterday.

  11. Grannymar Says:

    Glad the long awaited holiday began well. I hope you are enjoying the Everglades today!

  12. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Rainy on the East Coast, but it cools things down. We love rain in August. Dianne

  13. Karen Says:

    Glad the job tip was helpful. Can’t wait to hear about the Everglades!

  14. Olga Says:

    I hope you enjoy the Everglades. I have always wanted to go on one of those hydroplanes myself.

  15. Linda Reeder Says:

    We do not stay in expensive hotels when we travel, usually using Best Western, when available, and we always have free wi-fi. I thought it was standard now.

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