But, Chicago, DC and South Carolina, while charming in their own ways, are not what one would generally call exotic. It's been years since I've actually left the country and I haven't traveled abroad since I started living full time. But, my passport was the last and final thing on my massive list of documents on which to change my name. I've been wanting to travel abroad for a while and now I finally have the opportunity!
But of course I'm also nervous. I'm always nervous when it comes to travel. Will people be cool? Will people stare at me? Will people be mean to me or assault me? I mean, it's Europe. It should be cool, right? Western Europe is more liberal than San Francisco and Brooklyn put together. But will people be jerks? It's an unknown. I'm hoping everything will be okay. A friend of mine lives in Berlin and we're seeing her and she didn't warn me or anything. It's still the unknown and it makes me nervous.
Plus I worry about passing in Europe. Sure, I'm probably slightly thinner than the average American. But I'm probably way fatter than the average European. No matter what I'll stand out like a dumb American, but I'm hoping I won't stand out as a dumb American transgender girl. Maybe the German people will be too polite to say anything. Hopefully.
Then there's the issue of passports and customs. It's a whole other TSA to get through. Now, I've luckily not had any difficulties going through the TSA, so hopefully customs won't be a big deal too. Though, I'm not going to lie - I do plan to bring back a good amount of Haribo. But for personal use. Just for personal use, okay!
But I'm more excited than nervous. I've never been to the Continent as an adult. And Europe is a huge place full of tons of walkable cities with good food. Why have I never been before? Plus it's historic and beautiful with so many opportunities for pictures! I can't wait!
Speaking of pictures, thought I'd share some I recently took during a break from packing. Hope you like them!
I think you'll have a great time. Just be careful about what neighborhoods you are in.ReplyDelete
Do you speak German? If you're in the West, enough people speak English, that you can get assistance easily. In the old East, it may be a little harder as the older people learned other languages until the wall fell.
Have a great trip, and please write about it when you get back!
Hi Marian, I don't speak German, but after this trip I am learning!Delete
You have rough spots, but Europe is pretty much ok. If people start to talk German to you, you are probably not passing as an American. Safe travels!ReplyDelete
Actually, I had a few American-passing-fails, which was great!Delete
Hit the Monkey Bar at the top of the 24 Hours Hotel at Bikini Berlin...awesome cocktails and view. Right up your alley... The Hummus platter is really good too.ReplyDelete
Unfortunately, we didn't get to make it this time. But it sounds awesome.Delete
Faith, you have nothing to worry about in going through any borders except maybe getting hit on by one of the TSA/Customs people! No one is going to give you grief over your past. Enjoy your time there. LeannReplyDelete
BTW, what "model" wig do you usually wear? Thanks.
Hi Leann, my current is a SL Lupita by Motown Tress.Delete