Happy Birthday to me! This past Sunday I turned 25 years old and celebrated my first birthday in Moldova. Normally I’m not a big fan of my birthday. There’s a lot of reasons, but planning how I want to celebrate it is always a source of stress for me. This year however, I was so busy up until the week before my birthday, that I didn’t have time to worry about it.
I began birthday celebrations this past Thursday, with the interns in my office. I made them an American apple pie and some sugar cookies, since in Moldova its traditional to provide cake, juice and usually cognac to celebrate your birthday in your workplace. The workplace celebrations continued today when my partner invited another office we work closely with over and we all enjoyed pizza, pie, homemade sausages, cognac and juice.
Saturday, my actual birthday, I spent the morning shopping at the second-hand market, finding some great deals. I was surprised by two Moldovan friends with a portrait and then by other friends who had the waiters at the restaurant we went to for lunch sing a happy birthday to me. Saturday night a few other PCVs came into town and my site mate Matt hosted a small birthday dinner and celebration. My two site mates, Matt and Robyn and another PCV Paden, had put together a delicious mexican feast for all of us, complete with Chipotle rice and Margaritas. We even had cherry pie (what my mother always made me for my birthday) for dessert.
The whole day was a perfect birthday celebration – great people, great food and a really nice time.