Anna Maria Beach Condo

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Have you ever lost your checked luggage?

 

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I once checked in my luggage at the Malmö SAS terminal.

You might wonder where Malmö is located? It’s a city in the south of Sweden, very close to Denmark.

This was in the pre-Öresundsbridge days (the dark, loomy bridge featured in “Broen/Bron” – the Danish/Swedish original TV series that is now copied as “The Bridge” in USA/Mexico and “The Tunnel” in Britain/France).

In those days one could travel on a flight ticket with a hovercraft over the Öresund strait and then continue from Copenhagen.
My flight was Copenhagen-Los Angeles.

Well you guessed right, and it wasn’t fun running around under the Californian summer sun dressed in my uniform pants and shoes and a T-shirt I had borrowed from the purser, trying to find something to wear for the remaining 48 hours.

Unless you have payed your trip with a gold /platinum credit card that will allow you to go on a serious shopping spree within a few hours, chances are you wouldn’t be that thrilled either.

So how do we prevent our checked bags from going walkabout?

And if they do, how do we make sure they get returned asap?

Stay tuned and I will talk about this in more depth the next time.

 

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The Other Side of Anna Maria Island

We love to kayak and do it a lot at home, during the summers.

Last year I was on a manatee excursion with a guide from Mote Marine Laboratory on Long Boat Key. Highly recommendable! We learned a lot while idly paddling the area. Unfortunately we saw no manatees at the time, but a lot of other creature. Mote Marine’s calendar normally has a lot of interesting events.

This is another excursion I want to make!

The Other Side of Anna Maria Island.


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5 reasons why Anna Maria Island might not be for you.

We love to be on Anna Maria Island, every time we pass the Manatee bridge to AMI, our pulse rates slow down.

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Relaxing on AMI

You might not have the same experience if you belong to the below categories:

  • People with fast cars, that love showing off and doing burn-outs by the traffic lights.  This place has 15-30 mph speed limits and it’s enforced! Besides, they might mistake the golf carts for speed bumps.
  • Surf dudes have more luck if they stay on the east coast. This coast is more paddle board than surf board, if you get the drift  🙂
  • “My kids only eat BigMacs and Pizza Hut’s pan pizzas” Sorry, we have great burger joints and pizzerias on AMI, but no chain food restaurants. (Ok, so I lied, there’s one, a Subway in Holmes Beach, how did it ever get there?)
  • If you enjoy drinking, dancing and partying until the sun goes up, rent somewhere else. This island is usually quiet by 10 PM…. and that’s the way we like it!
  • “My name is Rex, and I love to fetch the balls that my master throws in the water”. Sorry Rex, tell your master that dogs aren’t allowed on any of the beaches on Anna Maria Island.

Of course you can always do excursions from the island to do the mentioned things (but it would be a bit of a commute to surf…)