This past weekend was my birthday, and I had a fantasticly fun time, and so I’m going to take a step away from my usual posts, and go back in time to before I had ever been to Newfoundland. Back to right before I moved to Newfoundland. Back to possibly the most memorable birthday of my life.
In April 2009 I had finished veterinary school and my class decided the best way to celebrate was a week in Mexico at an all-inclusive resort. Conveniently, this meant I’d be spending my birthday in Mexico. Now, I had grown accustomed to hijacking events and making them my birthday party, because my birthday lands right after final exams and there was always a party handy. I enjoy the lack of effort involved on my part: show up, announce my birthday status, get free drinks. So this seemed perfect.
Now, when you spend a whole week laying in the sun, by the pool or on the beach, reading, napping, and hitting up the swim up bar when you need a refreshing dip, and loving the buffet when you’re feeling peckish . . . you need to really take it up a notch to make your birthday special. So I chose my birthday as the perfect day to go SWIM WITH SEA TURTLES.
I could pretty much end the story right now. Seriously. All I needed was one sea turtle and my life was made. And we saw MANY sea turtles! And a barracuda! It was amazing. I was the happiest person ever. SEA TURTLES ARE SO AWESOME.
Obviously, though, the day didn’t end there. After cake and ice cream and a tequila sunrise for lunch, I headed over to the resort Spa for a massage. Birthday present to myself. It was HEAVENLY. I made a resolution to have more massages in my life. (A resolution I’ve kept as of this year, thanks to my health insurance and doctor’s orders! Don’t mind if I do!)
Leaving the spa, I ran into a couple of my class mates about to embark on a game of mini golf. I joined them. It was the most brutal course ever, bordering on impossible, and absolutely thick with iguanas. Good times were had, though, even if I probably shouldn’t have been out in the sun covered in massage oil…
For supper, conveniently, there was beach BBQ that night! And pretty much all my classmates who were on the trip came out to that. They had the band play me happy birthday. I never had to stand at the bar to wait for my drink, other people did it for me. I ate a lot of food. Fabulous.
Afterwards I wanted to go check out the entertainment show that evening, and me and another classmate headed down a bit early. . . early enough to join in the Bingo game happening beforehand. . . and I won! I won a bottle of tequila. Excellent.
The show was entertaining, as usual, and then a bunch of us hung out in the lobby, drinking tequila, waiting for the discotheque to get on the go. I found a Happy Birthday balloon in the lobby, which was appropriate and I held on to it for most of the night. Amazingly, it was beach party night at the discotheque… so the entertainment staff was out in their speedos to dance with us. HILARIOUS. And again, I never had to put up with the line up at the bar – other people did it for me! (It was an all-inclusive trip, so there was no actually “buying” me drinks…)
After the discotheque, a couple of friends and I wandered down to the beach. I may or may not have run into the water, fully clothed, declaring my love for the ocean. . . We eventually found ourselves at the all night beach bar, where some more of our gang were having some snacks, then we went back to a room for a hot tub party.
All in all, a fairly epic birthday. Other birthdays have been amazing, but it’ll be hard to top SEA TURTLES, never mind everything else!