10 Reasons Why Miami Is Basically Its Own Country

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Technically, Miami is just another city in the U.S., right? Well, kind of. Those of us who’ve lived there know it’s pretty much its very own country. Here are some straightforward facts that prove it:

In Miami, traffic rules are merely suggestions.


Miami drivers are so, uh, creative that you can even catch them cruising on the opposite side of the street with their lights off at 11 p.m.

The wildlife is not so wild.

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There’s no real divide between the great outdoors and your living room. You might step on a lizard or a incredibly large cockroach anywhere at any given time, especially in the summer.

EVERYONE habla español.


Spanglish is pretty much Miami’s official language. And those who don’t know it can feel pretty left out.

NO ONE drinks lattes.


Cafecito, café con leche, colada and cortaditos are what’s up.

It’s all about the fiesta.


People love to party everywhere, Miamenses just do it like they didn’t have jobs or any other responsibilities to tend to.

Bilingual isn’t even a concept.


Your math teacher might switch between English and Spanish at any given time without batting an eyelash.

Corruption is as tangible as it is accepted.


Why spend any tax money on public transportation when you can build a giant baseball park with a a concrete roof that moves when it rains instead? Just saying.

Club clothes are just clothes.


Mini dresses and 9-inch heels are totally acceptable en la iglesia. Throw on a blazer, and now you’re ready for the office, too.


And they end up giving into Latinx culture. (Or moving.)

Hot weather takes on a whole new definition.


They’ll never survive anywhere else.

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What else is unique about Miami? Tell us over a cortadito.

Naya Rivera's Memoir Talks About Abortion And Anorexia

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Naya Rivera’s Memoir Talks About Abortion And Anorexia

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Actor Naya Rivera is getting very real and personal in her upcoming memoir, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up.” The former “Glee” star opens up about her personal struggles and triumphs in the tell-all book, including her abortion in 2010 and her battle with anorexia after her parents’ divorce. For Latinos, the topic of abortion is something that can be very divisive, which is why people on social media are praising the Puerto Rican star for being so candid and open about her personal life.

Rivera took to Twitter to explain why she was releasing the memoir.

And she is really opening up in a way very few people actually do.

One of the major points is her battle with anorexia.

“By the time I was a sophomore, I started feeling that what had begun as a game had maybe gone too far. I just avoided food at all costs,” Rivera writes about her eating disorder, according to PEOPLE. “If my mom had packed a lunch for me, I’d either trash it or find some excuse to give it away.”

Rivera reveals that her eating disorder stemmed from the pain of watching her parents’ relationship deteriorate.

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Rivera’s frustration with her stalled acting career compounded her problems, but she wasn’t quite sure how bad her disorder had gotten. “I was so young and it just seemed to be the norm. Everyone was going through similar stuff. I had no way of knowing if I was going through it worse,” Rivera told PEOPLE. “I was juggling my feelings and it makes me sad that there are girls still going through that 15 years after I went through it.”

She also admits to having an abortion in late 2010 after breaking up with her then boyfriend and now husband Ryan Dorsey.


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Rivera took her one day off from shooting “Glee” to secretly get her abortion with Dorsey’s knowledge.

“It was very scary to open up about everything,” Rivera told PEOPLE. “It’s not something a lot of people talk about, but I think they should. I know some people might read it and say, ‘What the Hell?’ But I hope someone out there gets something out of it.”

And people are offering Rivera all kinds of praise and support, from the president of Planned Parenthood…

…to fans that have also had abortions and faced the stigma.

All Rivera is looking to do is share her story, which is more common than most people are willing to admit.


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