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December 10, 2015 —
In Miami, greeting a stranger in Spanish is more commonplace than in any other city in the U.S. where Latinos are the majority. The receptionist at my hotel greeted me in Spanish as I walked in to check in, as did the bell hop and all the housekeepers.

There was no place that I went in Little Habana and many parts of Miami proper where Spanish was not being spoken. I was greeted in Spanish in every store, in the street or on an elevator. When a driver felt I wasn't crossing the street fast enough, I was yelled at in Spanish and once even sworn at in very colorful Spanish.

Every sign on Calle Ocho was in Spanish and only a few were bilingual.

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This store was by far my favorite. The building caught my attention because it reminds me of a Del's Lemonade color scheme. The sign says: "We sell special canaries. And they sing." I went inside to talk to the owner. He did not want to be photographed, but allowed me to take this photo of his store.

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Being greeted in Spanish doesn't happen as much when I visits other cities with high Latino populations. More on this in my next post, as I conclude my visit to Miami.

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