On Monday I celebrated my 5th birthday in Brussels, it could have been my 6th but in 2005 I went home to Sweden for my biggest birthday party ever. I am known among my friends as the one with a really good memory and once I tried to remember what I had done on EVERY birthday – but it gets harder and harder for every year… But, I do remember some fun ones:
- My 5th birthday when I got a doll house! Maybe it was the same year that I completely misbehaved during my party, I got really cranky when I didn’t win a game and my mother told me that she would never organise a party for me again…
- My 12th birthday – I got a PINK Crescent bike, three speeds and do you know what, I still have it – unfortunately not in Brussels, but at my parents’ home. It really is the best bike I have ever had, even if I was a bit disappointed when I was in my early teens that it didn’t have the curved handle bars that the real cyclists have (we called them bockastyre in our local dialect) and that I had a foot brake – not cool at all!
- My 17th birthday which I celebrated in Toronto with my friend L – we went on a three week trip to Canada, staying with friends of my family – first in Toronto and then in a small university town called Guelph in Ontario. It was our first trip alone abroad and we had so much fun, shopping at the Eaton Centre (I heard that it has changed names since then), visiting the Ice hockey Hall of fame (we were sooo disappointed that we were there outside the hockey season), trying to understand baseball at the Sky Dome cheering for the Toronto Blue Jays, travelling by bus to the Niagara Falls and watching Romeo & Juliet at the Shakespeare festival in Stratford.
- My 22nd birthday on a plane between Copenhagen and Singapore on our way to Australia! My parents told the crew and they sang for me and gave me champagne! Once in Singapore we had cocktails at the hotel and I chose a mai tai (I used to think it was my tie). My birthday present from my parents was waiting for me at home – a vaccum cleaner – how exciting…
25th26th birthday in Padova, Italy – just a few days before our master’s theses were due but I refused to work that day! In the evening we had Chinese food as my Danish flatmate had decided that we couldn’t eat Italian AGAIN! It was the first time eating Chinese for some of our Italian friends (can you imagine being over 20 and never having eaten Chinese, oh well…)! We were 1 Swede, 1 Dane, 1 Finn, 2 Romanians and 2 Italians, and we drank home-made Limoncello with the fried bananas (trying to be discreet drinking the alcohol we had brought to the restaurant…).
- My 30th birthday party deserves its own post as it was such a great weekend with friends coming from all over Europe (12 nationalities in all) and such lovely weather – 30 degrees and even the Sicilians swam in the Baltic!
Well, I guess you stop counting at 30…. but I had a very nice time on Monday, especially as my parents were still here and they got to meet some of my friends here in Brussels. The celebrations continued yesterday when O took me out for dinner at the Belga Queen – a very nice restaurant!