Tampa Look Back!

So, Tampa was fun! Busy. But fun! I have to say I actually enjoy myself more every year, and I’ve only gone twice! Of course with age comes freedom, I think we all know that. Being thirteen last time I went I didn’t have much of a long leash. Of course I wouldn’t. A fresh teenager in a strange city, no way would it be a good idea to just go anywhere. So most days, while my mother ran her workshops, I was confined to the hotel. This year though, I had the city in my hands! There was no stopping me. With a fat wallet and a pair of sensible shoes, I was ready to roll. The library came first (yeah, no duh) and boy oh boy it was one amazing place to be. You know, I think that a library is my idea of Nirvana. I think that’s where authors go at the end of the line, the perfect library. Sounds pretty darn beautiful right? This was. I took myself over there with my Macbook and my notebook, and I wrote and wrote and wrote. I got a lot done! Then, of course, I stopped in their little bookstore, and got a stack of books so big that I could hardly carry them back to the hotel, and worse, it was raining! But I was as happy as a tired writer in a pool of good coffee with my collection.
The museums where fun! I went to two of them. One was just a regular art museum, filled with all the usual works, and the other was all photography, which is my second strength in the arts. The first museum was a bit too quiet, which I guess that’s normal, and it seems like however hard you try to smile and be nice to the security guards, they just keep their scowls on their faces and their arms crossed tight. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a little more animated than that. The next museum, the one with the nice photos, the people were kinder, and the quiet wasn’t as oppressive. I enjoyed it more. I got through both in an hour all together, started on the dot at eleven, and finished on the dot at twelve. The rain for that day was starting to come, and so what I did was I went back to the library. That’s when the skies opened and sobbed on everyone. I walked back to the hotel holding my three new books to me like babies, and I was near soaked, even with the umbrella, by the time I was back in the freezing lobby. But oh, I can’t complain too much. It was all just such fun.
My mother and I did the Tampa Aquarium the first day we arrived, and I came out of that with some great photos! Plus, some new awesome speakers, and a Venus fly trap. We had great dinner almost every night! That city food is something to brag about. The shuttle was our car, but that was fine it was only late once. After the week length trip, I was ready to come home. I was tiered, and homesick. I was starting to really miss my Chihuahua! It felt good to get into the door, though I will miss Tampa. I will be excited to return again, whenever that may be. Hopefully within the next year or two at least!

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Posted on April 16, 2014, in Editorial Board Essay. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Wow. This sounds quite fun! How exciting. Tampa sounds like a pretty cool place. -grins- Sounds like you had a lot of fun.

  2. Glad you had a good time! It rained when I went too but no way that can put a damper on the perfect day.

  3. Glad you had a great time!

  4. Tampa sounds like fun 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed your trip!

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