So after a week of Alternative Spring Break in Miami I have come to learn a few things about that great city. #1 - don’t use your blinker if you wanna change lanes…why because no one cares about blinkers and if you do use them….folks SPEED up to not let you in…I’m serious! It didn’t just happen one, twice or three times - OMG it happened at least five time!! At first I thought it was a fluke but it happened so many times that yeah I figured it out, if I use my blinker I couldn’t get in, if I didn’t amazingly I could actually change lanes! The #2 thing I learned about the city of Miami…people will throw ANYTHING along the side of the road. Our third day of volunteering we were cleaning up the streets by the river front and my partner and I found almost an entire set of dinner wear - the knife, fork, spoon and plate. We found two condoms - yes they were used (one was black…did you know that condoms come in black!!), two bottles full of pee, diapers, and oh so many cigarette butts. OH let’s not forget the needles! It was so nasty. Needless to say we got it cleaned up nice and neat for the city of Miami. #3 my GPS does NOT like the city of Miami - recalculating, recalculating…..we got lost so many times (and most of those were near the airport) that I began to figure my name should be “wrong way” for real!
So volunteering in Miami during spring break - almost oxymoronic if you think about it, but it wasn’t. Our first day of volunteering we did an “adopt-a-house” where we went in and painted a house from yellow to blue. It was an amazing transformation. We worked so hard all day to make this house up to code. It was hard work but well worth it. We saved the woman $4,000 by painting it for her. Of course she requested we paint her roof (because it was part of the house), we couldn’t of course because we didn’t have the safety equipment etc. Day two we went to the Feeding South Florida food bank - WOW that place was amazing. We packaged about 6 pallets worth of food - 3 rows stacked 4 high!! It was hard work but luckily for us the volunteer coordinator had an AWESOME mix of music! Day 3 was cleaning the streets - and I’ve already written about that - just say ewww nasty. Finally Day 4 we went to the Tropical Audubon Society in Miami - it was like a jungle in the middle of the city - AMAZING!! So once again we picked up some trash, but also bagged up some palm fronds and sticks. We also learned about the native plants and animals that were located in the mini habitat.
So all in all it was an AWESOME Alternative Spring Break. I’d say it was successful as well, my fear of snakes kept me a bit nervous but luckily for me - no were to be had!!! On our “free day” we went to the Everglades - I got to hold a baby alligator - OMG it was wicked AWESOME!!
I want to do another alternative break - it was rewarding and so helpful. Yes I missed my family, but I gained so much from this. I met some GREAT people whom I can call friends, I got to know more about one of my sorority sisters and I got to help in so many different areas. All in all it was a great break!