Well, 2010 has certainly been one of the most memorable years birthday-wise. First I celebrated with my colleagues and host family from training (The Mayor of Vasieni made an appearance), then I celebrated at Winefest in Chisinau, then I celebrated at work, and then last night I celebrated with my permanent host family, family friends, and site-mates (other volunteers in my town). I can easily say that I’ll never forget my 27th birthday!
I’ll run you through the night before, and the day of the party. What is the most important thing to have at a birthday party? No dad, cake is not the most important thing. Its guests, of course! Well, I invited my site-mates, and assumed all of the family friends would be coming, and everything would just be…taken care of. Well, the night before the party, my host parents call me in, and tell me that I need to call all of the family friends, and invite them to the party! So, one by one, I call each family, and say more or less the same thing (I’m not saying its 100% correct):
Me: “Buna seara! Este Yoel!” (Good evening, its Yoel!)
FF: “Buna seara Yoel, ce faci?” (Good evening yoel, what are you doing?”
Me:”Nimic. Eu vreu sa va invit pe voi la sarbatoare ziua de mea! Va fi miine, la ora 6, acasa mea.” (Nothing. I want to invite you to the celebration of my day! It will be tomorrow, at 6, at my house)
FF:” Bine, multumim pentru invatatie! O seara buna!” (Ok, thank you for the invitation! Good evening!)
Again, I’m not saying that is 100% accurate Romanian, but gimme a break, I’ve only been here since June…and I did use the accusative form…or is it dative…?
In any case, the work that my family put into the party was incredible. Everything from making “Shuba” (The dish with the herring, mayo, potatoes, and beets), friguarui (bbq), some kind of chicken pot pie thing, salad, and much more! Well, much more of course refers to “Tzoika”, which is the moonshine/whiskey type stuff. It was made the day of, right outside my house!
The party was amazing, complete with singing, accordion music from my host dad, and great speeches. For more on the speeches and accordion playing, I’ll point you in the direction of my friend and site-mate Melissa’s blog post about last night. While I’m at it, I must give Melissa a special shout-out for the lemon bars she brought over. They were LEGIT! And Matthew, my other site-mate, I deeply appreciate the bottle of tabasco sauce! I woke up this morning, went into the kitchen, and my host mom was laughing, telling me how much tabasco my host dad used on his breakfast, and his mouth was burning! Just picture that look after watching the video of him playing the accordion on Melissa’s blog!
Alright, I think I’ve spoiled you all with two posts in a week, I’ll let you soak it all in 😉
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