Sunday, April 28, 2002

Welcome to The Real Key West. Even though I have left the island, it remains in my heart. I vow to return there one day, perhaps to remain.

In the three years that we lived there, I recognized that the little island that is Key West is in fact two different places. The tourist's Key West is not real. It revolves around tourist bars, tour trains, "attractions" like the Hemingway House, the the Shipwreck Historeum, Mallory Square, t-shirt and jewelry shops, and the like. It is the Key West that you see when you arrive on a cruise ship or a tour bus, or when you drive down for a day or a weekend after doing Disney World and similar mainland attractions. There's nothing inherently wrong with that Key West. It's just not reality.

I'm going to use this blog to tell you about the other Key West, the real one with real people and places that most tourist never get to know. I hope that you'll enjoy the tour.

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