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Published: August 14th 2006
Siesta Beach, Sarasota
Lifeguard and patriotic display
It's hot here in Florida, between 95 and 100F practically daily. Thus, nothing like escaping to the beach for a few days.
After visiting the University of Central Florida, the second largest university in Florida, we headed to Sarasota and Saint Petersburg, 2 cities on the golf of Mexico.
Beaches packed with people provides quite a scenario for an addicted people watcher like myself. A display of the ever so growing American body, literally speaking ( 67% of the American population is now overweight), families, tourists,... Very different from the beaches in Brazil and the springs around gainesville.
Many languages could be heard, primarily German and Spanish. An Italian guy played tones from his homeland, a group of Colombians played the instruments from their native home, dancing to their hearts content.
An interesting observation: many people read books at the beach. I counted 11, not including Amanda and I, just a few feet around our spot. I have spotted American book lovers in many settings, from beaches to airplanes, and of course at the many bookstores everywhere in the US. Americans aren't well known as big readers, but I can attest differently. There is
The hunk lifeguard, the jeep,...
...but it's not baywatch, just Siesta Beach
quite a cast of readers around and schools usually promote reading.
Talking about that, we spent quite a few hours at Borders, one of our favorite bookstores. For those of you not familiar with the trend this past decade, the bookstores are huge, with coffee shop inside, confortable reading chairs, etc. A great environment to pass time, and learn of course. It has been rewarding to see that Yannick and Amanda enjoy time among books.
Some pictures for your to visualize a little more of Florida.
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