I will admit, I was nervous before I left about why I had agreed to go to Africa over my birthday and Thanksgiving instead of spending the time with my family. Instead, I got a new type of family who loved and cared for me in the most special ways and made me feel so terrific on my special day. It was better than I could have ever imagined.
I should also mention that thanks to the encouragement of my team members, I decided to celebrate my birthday from the time it began in Cape Town (7 hrs ahead of New York time) until it ended in Alabama (my home state), so effectively my birthday was a whopping 32 hours long this year!
|my special birthday breakfast: triple layer mousse cake from Mugg & Bean|
|spending a few hours at the BEACH on my birthday! you couldn't find a happier person.|
|these signs were posted all around my room at the hostel when I woke up!|
birthday celebration at the braai!
|Lindy and I celebrating our birthdays together at the braai!|
In addition to celebrating my birthday on Thanksgiving, our team also got to celebrate Lindy's birthday the next day! (You'll see tomorrow what we did to celebrate Lindy's birthday.) It made it even more fun having another 'birthday girl' to celebrate with while on the trip.
|milk tart for birthday cake|