I spent a week in Key West, Florida recently to attend a Writer's Workshop.
It was my first time staying in Key West and I was totally in love with the calm, unhurried, laid-back energy where everything goes.
|Roosters run wild, pecking away in yards, in parking lots. This smart one chose to be at the beach!|
|Egrets fishing in the early morning.|
|Even the pet dog gets to ride in a boat.|
Yup, everything goes in Key West.
I had a great time! Learned a lot at the Conference, made some new friends and travelled everywhere on a bicycle.
Oh the feeling of freedom! Jumping on the bike, peddling to the conference, to the beach, to the shops, greeting perfect strangers along the way, stopping to pick up a sandwich or bottle of water, weaving around random roosters pecking in the dirt - it was a nice relaxing way to get around, where no one is ever late for anything (well actually people showed up early for the conference part, which was just as well - you can get toooo laid-back).
One evening we were treated to a sunset sail. Drinks flow in Key West and as we boarded the boat I was handed a glass of wine.
"Um, may I have water, please?"
I'm not a drinker so the free-flowing booze was lost on me. But the good thing is that people here in Key West, whether on an excursion or in a restaurant are just - happy, not drunks (or at least I didn't run into any).
The ocean felt a little too tranquil on the way out and I wondered if we'd ever arrive at our destination. The crew were not concerned in the least and I should have remembered that all would be well, no worries, that everything goes in Key West.
Breeze picked up on the way back and the rest of the evening was absolutely delightful, with the most glorious sunset!
I chuckled at some of the signs at The Eden House (my hotel) and thought I'd share with you. Doubt if these would be "allowed" back home where I live - too bad. :-(
|Don't think anyone will leave their children unattended, do you?|