My family and I traveled to Tampa Bay, Florida every summer when I was a kid.
- I remember going to Tampa For the first time when I was around 10 years old.
My family and I rented boats during the summer and we kayaked all over the Tampa Bay. We went to the beach and we also visited several freshwater springs. One of the springs even had real mermaids in the water. I looked at the pictures from our summer vacation every year and I wanted to return when I was an adult. When it came time to look at colleges, I decided to apply to a couple of colleges in the Tampa Bay area. I was accepted to the University of Tampa. I moved to the city before school started, so I could meet my classmates and get used to the campus. The warm and humid temperatures were more than I could handle. I didn’t remember the heat and humidity being so bad, but living in the city full-time was a lot different then a weeklong vacation. I ran the air conditioner every single day when I was in the dorm. Thankfully, I didn’t have to pay any of the air-conditioning bills. I’m sure they were significantly higher than most. I didn’t have a roommate during the first year, and I didn’t have to listen to anyone complain about the indoor temperatures. That first summer I spent in Tampa was a nightmare and not one of the best memories I have from college. It took some time to get used to the heat and humidity. It’s still humid in winter and it never gets cold.