I have been on a life hiatus for a minute. You know when you’re alive, but not living? Sometimes you just need to tune out from your environment so that once you step back into the world, your eyes, your heart, your soul has an even broader perspective. I’m a person of flora; put me outside where I can feel the warmth of the sky and you have one happy lady by your side. While most tend to be trendy in the superficialness that entices the mundane city goers of our everyday Miami scene, I was taken to a part of our city I learned most know of, but don’t dare to go due to the drive. Now, if you’re anything like my friends and I, then you don’t mind taking a drive into something new.
The day started off at the Wat Buddharangsi, a Buddhist temple in Homestead. We didn’t make our way inside out of respect for their prayers, yet the outside was just as peaceful as stepping foot indoors. Although the renovations are underway, it doesn’t take away from the harmony flowing around the temple from the moment you drive up to the minute you drive out, the energy just consumes you. As we walked around taking pictures being cautious of our awe for this place, I found myself admiring a louts flower painted on one of the windows facing the courtyard where a fountain of dedications stood. Every tree planted, every rock picked along with the gold trimming wrapped around the building which looked like canoes being led by phoenixes, was a pieces of serenity being inhaled. Sometimes you need to stand in a place like this to appreciate the transformation of your own energy.
Shortly we found our way towards the Redlands. Ever wished there was a place where you could take someone and show them with a glance, one breath, and hours’ filled with tunes that give a broad a view of what’s inside your soul? Well, I wasn’t aware of such a place until I stepped foot into the courtyard of the Schnebly Redland’s Winery.
We started off at the bar for beer and wine tasting. I’m not a fan of beer but I was most impressed with their strawberry wine spritzer. I’m also not a big drinker so I sipped on my companies drinks for most of the afternoon, as I enjoyed the serenity around this beautiful hidden location down deep in the heart of the Redlands. It’s not just a wine and beer spot for the adults to enjoy; it’s also family oriented, so it’s safe to say, I will be making plenty of trips in the near future. Once you have your drink of choice in hand you are then welcomed by a tropical walk way into the courtyard, followed by the sounds of waterfalls into a man mad river filled with Khoi fishes, along with other creatures surrounding this place with nothing but jazz music at your ear. If that doesn’t give you an insight to my soul than I don’t know what will. I’m sure most of you are the same way, but once I step foot into an atmosphere that soothes me it allows for creativity to flow, I want to create something, give something, write something that will allow you to feel my vibe.
They say that once you feed your mind, and your soul, you must then feed your body. Well, that’s exactly what happened when we came across a tiny little hole in the wall down in Homestead by the name of RAICES (Roots). And what we found was heaven-sent with a flavor only the island of Puerto Rican is known for. So, if you’re ever in the mood to want to know me a little deeper,…then trace my steps back to this day, and it will show you who I truly am.
A million thank yous’ to my boy Jason for bringing me back. I now feel like my old-self again.