rambo de leon wrote:i was but now am looking forward to 3 years near the ocean. why you having second thoughts about living in miami?
I'm worried about living in Miami longer than 3 years if i get "stuck" there, the culture shock and the "see and be seen" crowds (moving from the "south"), not speaking spanish, the crime, hurricanes...just not like living there in general...any current/past Miami residents care to ease/add to my worries?
My whole family except for me went to Miami Undergrad (mom, dad, sister, and my brother is starting next year). We have a condo on south beach and a lot of family down there (grandparents and sister live down there). I don't speak a lick of spanish and neither does anyone in my family and we get by just fine. Yes it may be helpful in some cases, but its not as bad as you think.
As far as the "see and be seen" crowds, thats really only relegated to South Beach, and can easily be avoided if you aren't in to that type of scene. UMiami is in Coral Gables which is removed from South Beach and very suburban. You can always go out in Coconut grove or downtown Miami if you want to avoid the beach. However there are a lot of cool bars that aren't ultra-exclusive on the beach. The Playwright is a really cool Irish Pub on the beach.
In terms of Hurricanes, they are something you will have to deal with, but normally aren't that bad. Its a really enjoyable place if you look past just South Beach. Let me know if you have any other questions. I hope this helps.