Tampa welcomes us

 

After speaking to my family on Skype, we caught out shuttle to the airport at 5:15am. We checked in (again – we are getting pro’s at this!) and went through the security check – in America everyone has to take their shoes off for this aswell. We ate breakfast at the airport before boarding our 2.5 hour flight to Tampa, Florida.

We arrived at a hot, humid city where we had to catch a train to pick up our luggage. Mr J’s Aunty, Uncle and cousin picked us up and showed us some of the sights on our way to our destination. Florida is beautiful! apparently they think they are in drought, but to our eyes it is green everywhere with hundreds of palm trees. We went back to where Mr J’s relatives were staying to have lunch and relax before checking into our hotel. Meanwhile, I went for a drive with Mr J’s Aunty to a shop similar to Australia’s Spotlight. As you enter shops in America you realise they all smell different and nice, this is because they put fragrances through their air conditioners. Lovely!

We got to our hotel around 4.00pm. At this time we were experiencing one of Tampa’s storms. Tampa received at least one storm at day. The temperature only drops slighting so it is still very warm but has lightning, DARK clouds and rain {when it rains here, it really rains!}.We watched the storm from our hotel window. We are very impressed with our room! The next 5 hours were a struggle to stay awake but we knew that’s what we had to do to beat jet lag. We went out for tea at Cafe Alfresco – approx 10 minute walk where we were served by a lovely waiter. As this was our first meal out in America we didn’t know how to go about tipping. We asked our waiter and he was very helpful!! After dinner we went back to our hotel and straight to sleep.

A helpful tip we were given:
73 degrees Fahrenheit = 23 degrees Celsius, 95 degrees Fahrenheit = 35 degrees Celsius

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