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Stop 2: Don’t Mess with Texas

By : March 9, 2021 Comments Off
After a wild ride in Mexico, I was ready to return to the US, faults and all. For those of you that haven’t been following along, I’m on a 12 cities in 12 months tour for 2021 and chronicling my adventures.  My trek back to the good ol’  US of A started at 6 AM as I drove from Playa del Carmen to Cancun. It took me 50 minutes to make a 38 minute drive. I was an embarrassment to myself but I was determined to drive like a snail so I could avoid extortion during my last few hours in Mexico. It’s a good thing I took that approach because less than five minutes on the road, two cars flew by me and the third car was who? La
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Food Adventures: Austin

By : March 9, 2021 01 Comment
Hello! Thank you for checking out my food adventures during my month in Austin. I've provided some quick notes on each place for your next trip. Enjoy. Péché208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 Note: If you want to be fancy, hold your pinky out like this, and check out Péché. They pride themselves on sinful cocktails. Halcyon218 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 Note: In the middle of the gayborhood. One of my favorite places. Drag shows on Saturday afternoon. Lick Honest Ice Creams1100 S Lamar Blvd #1135, Austin, TX 78704 Note: OK, so I didn't actually make it here but I was said I needed a comfort snack. This did the trick. Scholz Garten1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 Note: Great selection of Bavarian beers. The pretzels
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Stop 1: Mischief in Mexico

By : March 2, 2021 Comments Off
My 2021 adventure is officially off to the races! In case you missed the prelude, I will be traveling to 12 Cities in 12 months throughout the year. My first stop on the adventure: Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Okay, okay, I know what you're thinking: if you're supposed to be exploring different cities in America, why are you in Mexico?  Mexico made the list for two reasons:  1. If T***p was reelected, I planned for it to be my escape pod.   2. I knew that if he lost, there would be some drama in January and I wanted to be nowhere near the US when it happened. Before the election, I spent a great deal of time researching different cities in Mexico for ex-pats and LGBTQ people. I've been to
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Food Adventures: Mexico

By : March 2, 2021 01 Comment
Hello! Thank you for checking out my food adventures during my month in Mexico. I've provided some quick notes on each place for your next trip. Enjoy. Must Hits Primo Avenida 10, C. 14 Nte esquina, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico Note: Quality food. Great service. Great for people watching. Los Hijos Del Mar. 77720, 30 Avenida Nte. LB, Gonzalo Guerrero, Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico Note: Nice local spot. Off the beaten path a bit. Chez Céline Av 5ta, Calle 34 Nte Esquina, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico Note: French bakery that also serves breakfast. Everything is great. Except the tiramisu. Everything else is fire though. Mu. Burgerhouse Av. 10 10 Avenida Norte, C. 24 Nte, Quintas del Carmen, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico Note:
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12 Cities in 12 Months

By : February 23, 2021 Comments Off
I think it's safe to say that 2020 was a shit show. That said, for me, 2019 was far worse.    The first half of the year centered around rebuilding my life after ending my engagement and walking away from a five-year relationship while I juggled keeping MyUmbrella afloat. By May, I was emotionally tapped out, and yet I bullishly press forwarded in typical Angie fashion. I suppose that after years of bullishly pressing forward, my body finally had enough. The second half of the year, I found myself couch-ridden - if you will - after I woke up one day in excruciating pain and barely able to walk. That led to months and months of doctors appointments, test after test, and every type of pain medication that didn't help until
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How I Found Queer Community Abroad

By : May 22, 2020 Comments Off
I spent my junior year of college studying at a university in Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. I was ready to face the typical study-abroad type things everyone deals with: speaking a foreign language every day, making new friends, learning to navigate a new school system, and paying rent to a crabby French landlord. I anticipated all that, but I didn’t expect the new ways I would think about my identity and sexuality. An experience I hope is common among queer people is once you have your sexuality more or less figured out, you have the luxury of not needing to think much about it anymore. In my college town in Michigan, I had my identity figured out. I knew what it meant to be a gay man there.
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