You can read the first part here:
And so, after a brief stop in Orlando, we headed towards the other planned destinations.
My brother wanted to see alligators and he was immediately satisfied when we arrived in the Everglades. They were so impressive to see them live! They swam so peacefully that if we hadn’t been used to the representation that documentaries make of them, perhaps we would have almost felt like petting them. Now that I think about it, in fact from the many signs that recommended not to put your hands into the water, maybe someone who didn’t trust documentaries may have been there, and probably some fingers of him/her are still there. Anyway, it’s impressive because you can really see them everywhere, and even if you don’t see them, it doesn’t mean they’re not there, because they blend into the surroundings very well. Just think that we had to stop in a dirt road because I had to pee (I am used to have it in the woods), but I had it in the middle of the road: for sure I didn’t go up into those trees full of alligators! We also went for a boat ride at sunset in the middle of the marshes and believe me when I tell you that I have seen some beautiful sunsets, but that one is still the most wonderful. I enjoyed it in the middle of swamps, framed by lots of birds flying in a colourful sky. Not even the sunset at the Grand Canyon could beat it.
However, Florida animal that has impressed me mostly it’s not the alligators, nor the birds at sunset or the mosquitoes (yes, they are so numerous and annoying like in the movies) but the barracudas. We were in the Keys Islands, and it was the day of the boat trip in the middle of the reef, finally! At first, I was scared because I knew that sharks live around the coral reefs, but I was relieved when the guide was explaining to us that we were going to swim right over the reef. He also said to pay attention not to hit our bellies on the corals because the water would be very shallow. All very well up to here, then he told us to take off the shiny things we had on, because they attract barracudas. Oh, I hadn’t considered these in my paranoia. The man explained to us what kind of animal they are: long teeth that you can easily admire because they open and close its mouth and, while he explained, he imitated the mouth of the barracuda by using his hand. I was so focused on thinking about that movement that I didn’t see my family laughing: I was opening and closing my mouth imitating a barracuda. I am sure they will never stop take me the piss for that.
And so, I was terrified and I didn’t want to go into the water anymore. Thank God, curiosity got the better of me and so I went down the boat ladder, I wore my diving mask and started swimming. I immediately thought that the water was so shallow that if one had stood up, probably it would have reached just above the knees. Then I saw it, the first barracuda. And I was utterly kidnapped by it. It was so fascinating! It was swimming so peacefully, and I felt a little bit stupid to had worried so much and embarrassed to stare at it like that, since it completely ignored me. The teeth were as sharp as you can imagine and I suppose if it wanted to, it could hurt you severely. I was enraptured by so much majesty: swimming among a thousand fish, including barracudas, in the middle of the coral reef is a feeling that cannot be described by words. At a certain point, another barracuda passed underneath me: in that point, the water was so shallow and the corals so high that I had to make an effort not to catch it. The swim ended all too soon and as soon as I got back in the boat I wanted to dive again, but unfortunately it was time to go and I haven’t again swum into those landscapes.
You understand how, after these experiences, Miami looks like a booger. It’s nice to have a bath in the ocean (even if you must stay two metres from the shore because otherwise the waves take you away), but, to be clear, it’s like tasting tortellini (a delicious food from Modena) and then eating spaghetti with ketchup…!
Well, our journey had come to an end! I hope you enjoyed the story. However, it would be fair to ask: “And so what? You have started a blog called “ArhythmiasofLife”, and the first story you tell us is about a trip to Florida? Ok it may be cool, staggering places and nice experiences, but why this story as an opening?”
Well, perhaps the more careful ones realized that I haven’t still told about a place I mentioned in the previous part of the story. No, it has not been an oversight, it’s just that I believe it deserves a chapter of its own.
Some places and experiences are key points in life. I didn’t understand it right away, but looking back years later, the Kennedy Space Center has been one of those key points in my life, definitely.