Sunday, October 23, 2005

My Birthday =)

So, last Tuesday was my birthday. I didn't have to work until almost 1 o'clock. That was nice. I had a quiet morning at home in which I read birthday emails from home, and I really missed my friends in LA. My mom sent me about five birthday cards (paper and electronic), and I finally had to call her and say it was enough. But it was nice...Grandmother and Annie also sent me very loving emails. I was glad to hear from them.

I went to work and the lessons were fine. Then the evening came...

I knew that some of the teachers were taking me to a birthday dinner, but they really made it special for me. Beautiful flowers and a really lovely silver bracelet! (Alena knows how I like silver.) A surprise!! Really, I was only expecting dinner--and I was happy about that. So, I was really honored that they made such an effort. We had a private room in a pub I hadn't patronized before. Good food! Several teachers showed up--even some who didn't speak English!! We had a wonderful time. Lots of laughing...

Me and Alena (a super lady)

Me and Irena (Ms. Personality) with our beloved cell phones

Sitting around the table...

Dasa and Majda having a serious chat--not! =)

Irena, Lenka, and me.

Alena (Assistant Principal), Majda, Me, Halina, and Mila.

The three M's--Majda, Mila, and Martin, a very friendly and funny guy. I just met him that night.


By the end of the night, I was reminded of a little song...

Make new friends
But keep the old
One is silver
And the other is gold

I was very happy for the opportunity to have met these new friends, even though I had been missing people in LA. This is a part of the experience, and one of the reasons I love to travel. I will have a special feeling for Zatec forever. I am at home here too. The people are fantastic, and they have been extraordinarily good to me. I am grateful and happy.


Blogger Henry said...

Happy belated birthday. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it.

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Blogger frenchconnection said...

Happy birthday to you; happy birthday to you; happy birthday dear Kylowna; happy birthday to you. I got it in on the last day of oct; so figure it still counts: Oh; it's Halloween too; BOO! A few kids are walking around in costumes; parents are speculative of the tradtion but the little tikes love it-- Disneyland Paris helps with the adaptation. Just got back from 4 days in Amsterdam; visiting friends and chillin.

Some of your photos are stunning; especially the shots of that one town, Id go back for the name but it says I'll lose my text if I go back a page (the village that you say youĆ¹re in love) I'm starting to think of an April vacation; that looks like it should be on the list;

The tree where the red and yellow and leaves look like soft orange wedges; I think that's an almond tree; I planted three of them for my mom way back and they still blossom the same



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