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around town (tampa fl)

It occurred to me recently that I never show regular ol' in-town shots of Tampa. The photos here are all about stuff I see every day. For my friends in the North you will probably see a lot of stuff that just doesn't exist up there. 🙂

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Above: 7-Eleven is a staple of Tampa as far as I'm concerned. Most of them are well run and well kept. This one just had some minor renovations done to it.

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Difference between pawn shops in Tampa compared to the North: They act and run like small department stores rather than crappy hole-in-the-wall dives.

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Above: I live very close to this. Still haven't been. I talked to a guy who worked there. He said it's "ok" but doesn't hold a candle to Universal Studios or Disney.

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Above: The intersection where the Busch Gardens sign is. This is Busch Boulevard. There are three lanes on either side. It's also known as CR-580. "CR" means "County Route." All those stop lights may look confusing, but trust me they're not.

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Above: Interstate 275. This particular highway is almost white-colored. During the night it's lit up like a Christmas tree (and that's not a bad thing.)

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Above: Something new they installed on I-275 recently; LED signs. "MLK" is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and "I-4" is Interstate 4. The numbers to the right state how many minutes it will currently take to get there.

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Above: Vintage rides can be easily found almost anywhere in Florida. Most of them look good like this car does.

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Above: A drawbridge.

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Above: It's not uncommon to see some advertisements in Spanish, even the larger ones.

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Above: When there are no larger vehicles in front of your car, you can see for a very long way. Florida is very flat.

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