The Gayest Weekend in Antwerp, Belgium

The Gayest Weekend in Antwerp, Belgium

As we exited the central train station to step into the city of Antwerp for the first time, we felt immediately wrapped in the colorful embrace of a multitude of rainbow flags. We have been to a fair number of gay pride events over the past two years – four last year and five this year which we later learned was unimpressive compared to the ten plus pride events another American expat living in Germany had attended this year – but we have never seen a city so decked out in rainbows before. You really would have thought Rainbow Brite and her gayer-than-unicorns-sidekick-horse, Starlite, had been hired to decorate the city.

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Travel Reflections: How Close Are We to Returning to the US?

Travel Reflections: How Close Are We to Returning to the US?

A fellow travel blogger recently posted a link on Facebook to this page: The Travel Experience In 35 Gifs: From Quitting At Home To Shitting Abroad (take a look!). Auston and I about shit our pants laughing at them. For us, they were about 90% accurate and 200% hilarious. Nothing explains trying to get your travel visas sorted out better than Bruce Willis crawling through an air duct with a lighter as his guide in “Die Hard”. In fact, that was our exact experience when applying for our Indian visas. Then we died laughing at the GIF expressing what it’s like to introduce yourself to the people you meet abroad over and over and over and OVER again.

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Antwerp’s “To Russia With Love” Kiss In

Antwerp’s “To Russia With Love” Kiss In

Auston and I have never been huge gay rights activists though we have plenty of friends who take on that role and some who are even employed in that area of work. To them, and to all the countless others that we don’t know personally, we are of course eternally grateful for the work they do. We and the rest of the LGBT community directly benefit from their hard efforts. However, I’ve just never been innately passionate about it. It’s odd I suppose since it directly affects me, but it’s the same for many others. Just because you’re woman, or a minority, or an immigrant doesn’t mean you’re working day and night for your specific rights even though you clearly need and benefit from them. We all take on different passions, hobbies, works and activities. And we support one another when necessary.

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