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October 11, 2015
We wake early and walk before the high heat. But even at 8 am, it's 84 & 84, temperature & humidity. Strolling becomes a necessity, although those more acclimatized speedwalk and jog. We all seem to drip sweat. The ocean breeze makes it more tolerable, as does the imminent relief of a swim. The Atlantic is strangely calm, barely lapping at the shore. Pelicans fly low in formation and elegant, slender-beaked, robin-sized birds with brownish backs and olive breasts are everywhere. No amount of Googling will identify them. In South Beach, green parakeets fill the trees, chattering at the traffic.