Living in Miami, Florida // Amandine’s Blog

While I’m on the West roads of the US, I’ve planned a few interviews of blogs I like. To begin with, welcome to Amandine and her blog Miami à deux et demi (Two and a half in Miami). She’s also a French expatriate living in the US, but in a different atmosphere than Boston: she lives in Miami, in Florida. Amandine left Paris in March 2011, with her husband Julien and her baby Gabriel, who was born over there. On her blog, she tells stories about her new way of life, what surprised her in the US, how to raise a kid, her weekends in Florida… A must-see!

Miami à deux et demi

Is Miami like in TV shows? According to me, there’s 2 Miami. There’s is the Miami you see in Dexter, CSI and rap videos: crazy night life on Ocean Drive, big cars, the beach and its surfers, photo shoots at every corners, luxury condos and huge penthouses, huge yachts and private parties on islands. But there’s also a quieter Miami, nice for the families, with tons of nice trees, and walking trails (yeah, it’s true!)

Miami

What are the must-see in Miami? First of all, you need to know that Miami is a build-up area of several cities: Miami Beach, South Miami, Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gable, etc ! The touristic life is mainly on Miami Beach, I recommend to see Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive and the Art Deco aera, but don’t forget South Pointe Park and the Marina. And of course, the huge white sand beach. Another gorgeous beach is Crandon Beach (South Beach), my favorite one, with coconut trees on Key Biscayne. Go to the tropical Fairchild Garden close to Coconut grove. At Coral Gable, go and visit the Venetian swimming pool, and then go to the Biltmore Hotel to have a cocktail and to look at this mythical hôtel (it’s not that expensive during Happy Hours). You have to see the city from the sea, you can take a boat from Bayside Market, in Downtown. Eventually, go to the Design District  and the Art Walk, once a month, and every second weekends of the month on Wynwood District to wander from one shop to another and to look at the street art performances.

Drapeau américain et planches de surf Which part of the US would you like to visit? I don’t have any preference: I dream of Louisiana, deserts in Utah, Californian vinyards, Maine beaches, ski resorts, etc.

Which American expression do you like to say, and which sounds very American?  I love to say “I mean”. I say it in every possible situation, and I have the feeling that an American flag gets out of my mouth. I also enjoy saying  “Are you kidding me?”. It sounds very American too!

What is your favorite American dish?  Without any hesitation, I say: a good burger! I’ve never eaten such good and various types since I live in Miami. I’ve also tried to do home-made lemonade, I love it!

Limonade et miami

Do you understand the rules of base-ball or football? I don’t understand anything but I really like the passion at the beginning of the match. I started watching basketball, because Miami Heat are the NBA Champions this year!

What were the biggest cultural gaps? The big cultural gap was the food. I loved enjoying a good meal and before going there, I totally freaked out. But after a while, I’ve learned to find good food at the grocery store, and to cook in different ways. It’s part of being expatriated. We want to live this experience at 1000% even if we keep some of our  French habits, we try to be open-minded to the American culture, that we didn’t know so well..

Frites et pancakes

Which cliches did you have about the US? Were they confirmed since you are here? Americans people love their big cars. I also think that there are too many fast food and commercials on TV. About Florida, I didn’t expect so much racism. There are also so many huge billboards with ads against abortion and for guns. I’m chocked about that, I  had this cliche of a puritan America, but I didn’t think I’ll face it in my daily life. It’s not always the case in Miami, it’s more in the suburbs.

Miami

What does the blog bring you? At the beginning, I opened the blog for my family and friends as a way to share our experience. I got great comments of visitors, and I liked it, so I wanted to tell more about our lives of young expatriates: our doubts, joys, our baby. I met nice people thanks to the blog, talked to many people. It’s priceless! I think it will be a great souvenir when we’ll back to France. I really recommend to open a blog!

Amandine et Gabriel

How many time will you stay in the US? We can stay for 3 years with our visas. After that, my husband company offers a new visa for 2 years, and then a Green Card. We haven’t decided yet. We miss France, our families and friends. Expatriation is great, but we are raising our child far away from his family, who doesn’t see him grow up. Moreover, I work in a American company, with American rules, which are pretty hard: I don’t want a life with only 10 days of vacation and 3 holidays for one year. We want a second child, and health care is very expensive…

What is your American dream? I want to enjoy each moment spent here, and to give to my son Gabriel curiosity on the different cultures he meet.

Tasses Miami

Thanks a lot to Amandine for answering my questions. Photos in the post belong to her. 

Writer, organizer and social media-ter for my own blog. When I'm not in front of my laptop, I'm organizing guided tours of Boston with my own company "Boston le nez en l'air". It's in French!

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15 Comments

  • Aug 22 2012

    Carmen

    Article intéressant pour faire la part des choses entre le Miami des vacances (ici, http://yekvoyage.blogspot.hk/search/label/Miami), et le Miami d’expat’…
    Nous sommes mon ami et moi expatriés à Hong Kong depuis 5 mois, et la France nous manque, aussi ! Quand je pense qu’il me dit souvent “ça aurait été génial de vivre à Miami”…

    Merci pour ce post !

  • Aug 22 2012

    Hervé HAMON

    Etant son père, je ne me lasse jamais d’aller visiter son blog que je trouve vraiment très drôle et très bien écrit. C’est ma petite fierté que je fais partager à mes collègues. C’est vrai qu’ils nous manquent beaucoup, et malgrè skype, c’est dur de ne pas être près d’eux aussi souvent que l’on aimerait, et de tenir dans nos bras ce petit bout de choux qui grandit trop vite. Merci pour cet interview et bonne continuation.

  • Dec 7 2012

    CORDA Pascal

    Bonjour a tous,

    je souhaite partir au usa pour faire un voyage organisé en moto sais mon rêve si vous avez des conseils n’hésiter à me les donner merci d’avance.

    Pascal.

  • Jan 13 2013

    Michou

    Vraiment super Amandine !!! Tu ns fais voyager.Gros bisous ma belle et bien entendu profites de chaques instants !

  • Oct 24 2013

    emy

    Bonjour AMANDINE,
    Je suis ravie de tomber sur votre blog.
    Que je trouve fort intéréssant car mon époux et notre fille envisageons de venir nous installer à Miami début 2014.
    Je souhaiterai prendre contact avec vous afin d’voir plus d’infos.
    Merci par avance de votre réponse.

    • Apr 25 2014

      Bertille

      Bonjour Emy,

      Je suis une amie d’Amandine et je vis également à Miami. Si vous avez besoin d’infos, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter 😉

      Bonne arrivée !

      Bertille

      • Nov 19 2014

        saez

        bonjour je souhaite ouvrir une pizzeria sur miami pour 2015 dans quel quartiers dois je voir merci

      • Nov 1 2015

        saez

        je souhaite venir sur miami pour ouvrir une pizzeria au feu de bois j aimerai avoir quelques conseil merci par avance

        • Nov 1 2015

          Mathilde

          Je ne suis pas spécialiste d’immigration… ici c’est juste un blog sur mon expérience aux USA 😉
          Regardez du côté des forums d’expat ! Good luck,

      • Mar 16 2016

        Mendez

        Bonjours je m’appelle isabel je vit en suisse et je souhaite également partir vivre ou au moin essayer de vivre a miami je souhaiterai savoir quel son les bussines qui marche las bas parce que je n’ai pas vraiment de métier puisque je n’ai pas finis mes études maisj’ai des economie que je souhaite investir merci

      • Jul 19 2016

        Michael

        Bonjour, je suis coiffeur Ét chanteur professionnel , je vis actuellement en Belgique et je n arrive à rien pourtant je suis de nature entretenante …j ai tj été attiré vers les États Unis étant seul pk ne pas partie vers cette destination magnifique mais d abord avoir la chance de parler avec Qqun qui vi la bas sera tkt merveilleux bien sûr , je voudrais me lancer travaillér Ét faire la place petit à petit mais j aurais voulu savoir également si tout est si compliqué qu en France ou en Belgique au niveau d el évolution etc….

  • Oct 31 2013

    Marilyn

    Bonjour vivez vous toujours en Floride ??

    • Oct 31 2013

      Mathilde

      Bonjour Marilyn, Ici Mathilde, qui vit à Boston, j’ai interviewé Amandine qui vit toujours à Miami, mais son blog est fermé. Pas plus d’info à donner à ce sujet !

  • Jan 30 2014

    Sam

    Bjr ns souhaitons partir vivre ma famille et moi a miami. Est ce vraiment aussi dur? Est ce mieux qu en France ? Cela vaut il la peine de tout quitter? Merci beaucoup

  • Oct 24 2015

    Bilal

    Boujour
    Je vais rejoindre en janvier ma mere a miami pour y habite .
    Mais je streess un peu, qui aurai des conseil a me donner pour cette nouvelle vie.
    Merci