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Absolutely wonderful few days

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(@carlyellen)
Estimable Member     United States of America, Oklahoma, Sallisaw
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It is now 6 pm on Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  After a full day of travel, our party got in about 1 am.  There were a few flight delays in Atlanta.  The only side effect was chaos, but we arrived tired, hungry and amped up from a day's travel.

Upon waking, I sat outside enjoying the warm morning, birdsong, and a delicious breeze...so nice after last weekend's icy deep freeze.  I lounged around until everyone was functional, and explored some of the area.  We ended up taking a late lunch of local sea foods. It was some of the best ceviche ever, with chunks of snapper, scallops and shrimp.  My SO and i had an octopus salad and mahi-mahi tacos.  OMG!!!!   I am still moaning at how good it was.   There just ain't good seafood in Oklahoma.

So now, I'm relaxing for the evening, resting up from yesterday.  Tomorrow takes me to a cruise ship, and onward to the islands.

This is my first adventure outside of the continental United States as my real self.  Those here that know me know I have no illusions about "passing".  I don't.  I never will.  I'm okay with that.  "Passing" hasn't a thing to do with being me.    I go where I choose because, well...I decided to.  QED.

Not once have I been misgendered.  This is with 2 days of no makeup.  The women with me haven't made up since we left.  I can't see a reàson to.  Damn, girl.  I haven't had time for that since I left.  I haven't heard one off color comment, nor seen any stares or daggers.  People just say "Hi", or "Good morning", or such.  I get into a few casual conversations.    Otherwise, life goes on as it always has.

This has turned in to a pretty good life.  After all those years of worry, fear and anxiety, I learned that I was wasting my time and energy.  Today?   Here I am, World.  I really love you. I rejoice that you love me back.  Thank you, World, for just knowing I'm here.

More island adventures are coming.  I'll update every day with something I find excellent.   Love y'all.

Carly

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(@michellelarsen1)
Noble Member     United States of America, Virginia, Front Royal
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Carly, there are not words for me to express the happiness I have for you. If more would just face their brave new world as you have done, I firmly believe the walls they have erected would simply vanish; or at the very least begin to crumble. And I am so glad to hear you are having such a wonderful time. Hugs, Michelle

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(@michellelarsen1)
Noble Member     United States of America, Virginia, Front Royal
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Carly, by the way, don't forget to keep track of all of the places you go to. I'd love to add these to our Local Places listings. LOL. Hugs, Michelle

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(@carlyellen)
Estimable Member     United States of America, Oklahoma, Sallisaw
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I surely will keep track.  Sadly, internet is so sketchy on board that it's difficult to sign in and post info.  And after visiting 2 islands already, life just getting sweeter.

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