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Friday, January 20, 2012

Trip of a Lifetime



I met Brian in college in my last term in the nursing program. He is funny and everybody in our class loves him. We spent many hours in clinicals and working on school projects. I started to like Brian after spending a lot of time with him and even wished that there was something more than just a friendship. The first time I met him, I knew there was something different about him, I just couldn't figure out what it was. Brian's parents died on a car accident when he was three years old. His grandmother on his mother's side and two aunts raised him up. He had a lot of happy childhood memories. One thing I couldn't forget about Brian was when he opened up with me and told me he never really like to date girls and he was more attracted with boys. I tried my best to work his feelings out and even told him it was totally fine to come out in the open and have at peace with himself. I was there for him and showed him that the feeling was perfectly normal.

We remain good friends even after college. I went to have my master's degree in another school while Brian was hired in the local hospital in our town after he got his RN license. We both love to go out and have fun, travel and discover new places and restaurants to eat. When we were still in school we talked about doing a trip of a liftetime. We have thought about visiting places like California, Las Vegas and San Francisco. We saved and planned for this trip for months. It was spring in 2007 when we finally decided to do it. We created an itinerary and made sure to check out places that were safe for us to hang out and have fun. Our first stop was San Diego in California, a friend took us to a really nice place in San Diego Hillcrest area. It was one of the gay travel hot spots in San Diego. The area has a lot of great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and boutique shops. We were there on a Friday and this place was packed. We met a lot of nice people who live in town and some who were just like us visiting. We had a great time.





Coming from a small town in Michigan, it was a childhood dream for us to see a big city like San Francisco. We drove from San Diego to San Francisco. We headed straight to see the Golden Gate, the feeling was surreal, it was exactly like how we saw it in the movies. We visited other places like Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, hopping the crowded tour boat to Alcatraz, we tour around with cable car too. We stayed in a hotel in Union Square and it was a 10 minute ride to this really nice place in San Francisco Castro area, the place is known as the Gay hot spot of the world. Great food, bars and clubs and a great place to shop. http://www.gaytravelbuddy.com/the-castro/






For our last stop, we flew from San Francisco to Las Vegas. We visited casino after casino and checked out buffet more times than we had in our entire life. Our eyes could not believe the glamor and the lights, one experience we will never forget. In Las Vegas area, we always check gaytravelbuddy.com, this site promotes gay friendly entertainment, restaurants, travel deals for get aways, and places to just have a drink after work or coffee. Because we were new to the area our safety always comes first.







After two weeks of traveling we were both ready to head back home to our small town in Detroit, Michigan. It was a beautiful experience and one that we will treasure forever.



Submitted by Chay for TSS

16 comments:

  1. What a beautiful story you have written Chay about two friends who continue to accept each other and enjoy the genuine friendship through a trip of a lifetime. SD Hillcrest and SF Castro are really pretty neat places, Khai and I go eat out often at Hillcrest for really diverse authentic dining. Thanks for sharing this story of friendship Chay.

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    1. Thanks Beth for letting me use the photos from SD ! Enjoyed writing this story !

      C**y

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  2. I personally like these three places mentioned in this story.

    C**y

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  3. These are one of the best places I love about my short vacation in California last year. It was made more special by meeting 3 of the TSS members, Chay, Tes and Betchai. Miss you girlfriends.

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  4. This is a great region to travel in, we also did this but a long time ago. Great picture of the cable car.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  5. beautiful story to go with beautiful pics

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  6. aahhh wonderful story...great photos...I wish one sweet day we could all be there sharing the pages of our lives in person...

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  7. I think some of the best and most memorable trips are the ones we really save up for and plan for a long time:) Such a lovely story about two friends and the awesome places they visited in San Diego - and a bunch of terrific pictures to go with it! Great job, Chay - and Beth, for the photos!

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    1. Thanks MJ ! I know I have bunch of photos from these places, but like always, you can't find them when you need them hahaha

      Good to see you here buddy !

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  8. Correction- San Diego and a few other states:)

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  9. I was from Michigan too, well that was probably the third stop before CA.

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