Did you like staying in Baltimore? Are there pros of traveling?

This has been a totally unexpected outcome of deciding to have gender surgery out of state, in Maryland:

I have community in multiple places now. I got to help build community over there. I know another city and consider it a second home.

I stayed in a houseboat on the harbor.

One stretch, I lived in an old lady’s basement in old Fell’s Point who had lived there for 65 years.

A long while, I lived in a whole flat to myself in Mount Vernon, staring out at the monument and a little dog park, for people watching.

I took long walks and rides around town, never needing my own car between the metro, busses, and hired rides.

I’ll never forget eating dinner while the dark harbor waters sloshed in, snow all twelve days of Christmas, or the kindness of strangers around every busy street. Baltimore deserves the name Charm City. There is so much personality and history everywhere. I loved the local music, comedy shows, and original poetry gatherings. Yes!! It’s gritty, but that’s life.

I wonder if it would be helpful to write a visitors guide for surgery guests. Maybe something like a Google doc with tips. I would love to partner with a local who likes the idea.

Especially coming from 1,800 miles away, I didn’t know what to expect and just took the plunge. It was one of the best experiences of my life and much more affordable than recovering in New York City or San Francisco, maybe by a factor of 5x-10x less.

In the first stage, you stay near the hospital for almost six weeks. Then return again for two or three weeks, then for a couple odd days now and again. We need community to navigate all this. It’s just so much better together.

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