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The Southeast - Miami, Florida

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December 1, 2015 —
I think I'm the only person living in Rhode Island today that [at this writing] has never been to Florida.

So Miami is not technically a border city, but if you think about it, it really is. So today, on December 7th, off I go filled with excitement and anticipation to a city that has always intrigued me.
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Little Habana • Calle Ocho

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December 8, 2015 —
My next stop is to Little Havana or Calle Ocho (so called because it's on 8th Street). Calle Ocho is noted as a center of social, cultural, and political activity in Miami.
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Looking for Local Life

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December 8, 2015 —
Now that I'm done playing "tourist" it's time to seek out the locals.

My friend Michelle who has family in Miami, suggests I go to Versailles, a popular eating establishment where she says I will find some of Miami's old Cuban community, sitting around tables talking politics and business. She's correct.
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Hogares y Conversaciones

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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.
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Mis Reflexiones Finales

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December 11, 2015 —
One thing I noticed after a week in Miami is that being greeted in Spanish by almost every stranger I encounter is a daily occurrence that doesn't happen as much when I visits other cities with high Latino populations.
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