Next stop – Tampa, Florida!!! Where the weather is warm all year round and you are most likely to find gators swimming in your pool hahaha! I went to visit my boyfriend, JJ’s family in St Petersburg / Tampa, Florida. My boyfriend always brags about growing up in paradise and he wasn’t lying. During this brief visit I got to putt some golf, enjoy the most beautiful beach in America, go shopping, eat fresh Giant Alaskan Crab, play card games and pet Chinchillas and big cats at JJ’s family home (like a mini petting zoo)! Over the weekend I was lucky enough to tag along with JJ’s sister Jessica and her boyfriend Peter to Sarasota, where their friends had a beautiful holiday house. I was given a true “Merican” education by Peter and his former college frat brothers on the sport of Beer Pong and Dodge Beer haha! We went to the No.1 Beach in America, Siesta Beach where the sea is warm and the sand is so pure white and velvet-y soft that it doesn’t get too hot to walk on. One of JJ’s closest friends (and now mine!) Hadi, drove all the way from Gainsville to hang out with me at Siesta Beach and in St Pete over the weekend. Thanks, Hadi! While in St Pete, I went shopping with JJ’s Mom, Theresa, and bought a beautiful bikini in Pass-A-Grille that was $300 but reduced to $50!!! The label is Cia.Maritima (made in Brazil) and is the largest manufacturer of swimwear in Brazil! Beautiful! I bought it from this lovely boutique in Pass-A-Grille called Dody Boutique. The shop assistant Susanne was just lovely! Other than shopping, I also got to enjoy the private Golf Putting Green that JJ’s Mom and Dad has in their backyard. It was great! I enjoyed it for about 10 minutes and ran inside because the mozzies (mosquitoes) were eating me alive hahaha! What I enjoyed the most about Florida was of course the people and how their hearts are as warm as the weather is all year round. Happy snaps below!