My partner and I just returned from a glorious five day Caribbean cruise. Here we are at the site of a Mayan village on the Yucatan Peninsula:
It was easily the most wonderful vacation I have ever experienced. Not only did we have an amazing time with lots of outrageous fun and adventures, we met some really neat people who will hopefully become good friends; and that's not even the best part. The best part is that I didn't once feel like I was pretending to be a boy. Don't misunderstand, I didn't actually take the full plunge and go entirely female; I did however drop the masks I usually wear. Gone were the "macho-isms" of normal daily life, gone was the clothing that masks my budding figure, and gone were the inhibitions and fears that I live with almost every day. I was just me, and it felt great!
I did take one little adventure while on the ship. :) We spent a morning sunbathing on the upper deck of the ship. No boundaries... I wore my bikini and some eye makeup. It was amazing! (I was even called "Ma'am" once, though I'm sure he was just being polite. Passing was not my objective, so it didn't matter.) We didn't get any photos on deck, but here are a couple from the day before when we were just lounging around on our balcony.
I really feel like I made some great strides over the last week. I have never felt so free.