I had a wonderful birthday party with friends I made in IGSA (whose Presidency I will soon be assuming). There is the fact that I had never attended any of their birthday parties; indeed, the people whose birthdays I had attended and even helped organize were not even present there. But perhaps this is good, for is tells me who my real friends in this country are. A lesson well-learned, I should think. That's probably my biggest gift this year.
But it didn't end there for I had another birthday party the next day, with my International friends. This one was a second momo-night, where we made the delicious Tibetan dish together with a great sauce - in this case, a peanut-based one. This was accompanied by a great movie, Zodiac (review coming soon!) and much gossip about everything under the sun.
Overall, I'd say this was a wonderful birthday, quite on par with the wonderful one I had by the Isar (although that stands a notch higher because of the first-mover advantage). I'm glad to have known such wonderful people here as well as all the people who wished me, either by phone or through social media.