Anyway, this year, I have been awful and got Jan no cake and no pressies - trying to convince him that a whole new life in another country is the best present ever. He maintains it's no iPad mini or Hero3 Black Edition, but heck, you can't please all the people all the time... The furthest the birthday table got was a small disco ball I stole from a cocktail we drank at the weekend and my laptop with an open document saying "Happy birthday Jan" on it. In colours he dislikes.
No, seriously he has been very lovely about the fact his birthday has been a bit of a non-event. We did go for a delicious meal in the evening at a Japanese restaurant where we ate all manner of dead fish and mammals (raw and cooked) and drank Sake. I was brave with all the food except the oysters, which I just can't get past the mental YAK barrier with, so Jan had to eat all of them. His telling me "they taste like the sea" didn't inspire me to try them.
But the nicest thing that happened to mark the occasion came in the form of these:
Beautiful flowers from Jan's parents and a lovely note (clearly painstakingly written out in German by an Australian florist). They have made us both smile a lot, and have brightened up our rather impersonal temporary flat no end.
So for Jan this is a new year in a new country, all options open, anything possible. I'm wishing him all the happiness and success he deserves and hoping all his dreams for his new life here come true.
<3 <3 HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE <3 <3