Anyway, a day like today has got me pining for Miami. So here’s the next installment.
We stayed in a condo near the ocean for a week. The condo itself was awesome but the building complex had some issues. It was a new-ish complex consisting of three buildings and I’m not sure what the architect was thinking. Or maybe the architect had an awesome plan but the client pinched pennies resulting in a less-than-perfect outcome (right Dan?). The pool area was on the fifth floor in the middle building and to get there, we had to take the elevator from our 14th floor condo down to the fourth floor. Then we had to find our way through a labyrinth of hallways and the parking garage (!) to the next building, where we had to choose between a lengthy wait for the elevator or a stinky dirty stairwell to go up to the next floor. So that was fun. I’m sure there was a really good reason for not making a walkway from our building on the same level as the pool but I can’t imagine what. The parkade was another maze; we were pretty surprised every time we actually found our way back to our parking spot. Leaving the building on foot to walk to the beach or shops was also tricky. There was no sidewalk from the front door to the street (a fair distance), so we had to dodge all the traffic coming and going from our complex.
Okay, I know that’s a lot of complaining, but I wanted to document it in case we’re tempted to rent a condo here again. Don’t do it! You can do better!
Seriously, other than that, it was awesome. The kids (including Sarah when she slept over) all fit easily into the big master bedroom with its own bathroom and walk-in closet. Dale and I took the smaller bedroom. We loved hanging out by the pool, swimming and reading and sleeping on the loungers. We also spent lots of time on the balcony. We didn’t have an ocean view but we faced the bay which had a pretty nice view. It was cool seeing the boats and watching the drawbridge go up when necessary.
|Night view from our balcony|
|Playing Dutch Blitz|
|Spencer preferred reading on the balcony to being by the pool|
|And Dale prefers wide angle shots.|
Tomorrow (maybe): the beach! I'm sorry. I can't believe this is stretching out so long. You'd think we were gone six months. If I'm not done by Friday, I will give up.