To all of my devoted readers, I am off to visit Alaska for a few weeks and hope to bring you some great pictures upon my return, as well as a few anecdotes of moose avoided and missed bear encounters. I am noticing that I have adapted to the south Florida weather very quickly by feeling chilly at 65 degrees and, as a result, am a bit concerned that the spring temperatures there will prove too cold for my bones!  I suspect I will return convinced that my move to Miami was a very good thing.  Watch for a biased blog about this!

I will be visiting the seaport towns of Seward and Whittier, Alaska, besides the normal time spent around bustling Anchorage.  I say “bustling” because it is the largest of Alaska’s cities with a population average of around 260,000, give or take.  This in no way compares to our hundreds of thousands (dare I say millions?) here in Miami.  But the two locations can be compared a bit in other ways, for example, there is an international “feel” in both places due to the many language types heard.  Miami clearly boasts the greater international influence, but Anchorage deserves an honorable mention.  Visitors embark on the largest U.S. state every summer bringing over 100 various native languages and dialects to the region.  Impressive!  Yet, I am now of the conclusion that this is just a normal sampling of accents in any given day in Miami!  So Miami 1, Anchorage, 0.

I have promised friends that I would bring them some Cuban coffee to try.  This was selfish of me, actually, because I have become so accustomed to my daily espresso that I realized I must take some anyway just to appease my new Miami addiction!

So stay tuned, friends, for what I hope will be a fun and adventurous look at this new Miami resident as she returns to her prior home in Alaska, now with south Florida “eyes”.  I leave Miami just as the rainy season begins and arrive in Alaska just as the snow has finally left the ground.  Perfect timing, don’t you think?