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11. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

I havent had a birthday at home in the last 5-6 years !! I make a point of being away over my birthday! Well at work they make you buy cream buns and sausage rolls on your birthday!!

Memorable - 30th in Thailand, 31st on a trip to a volcano in Bali, 32nd in Beijing bartering at the Silk Market, last year really boring but still away from home - Manchester but dinner was in an excellent Argie restaurant!!

This year (all being well) l should be in Chicago at the blues fest and visiting Isa and Beerman - l hope.

H

12. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting Purdy

This year (all being well) l should be in Chicago at the blues fest and visiting Isa and Beerman - l hope.

You will be!!! I threw the bones last night and they said get the guest room ready. Damn, I have to actually clean and put the luggage away. (It's taken up residence on the bed in there since we rarely get visitors.) ;)

Isa now runs off to find where that wily vacuum has hidden itself this time and returns this thread to it's regularly scheduled topic...

13. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y

Strange, but i was thinking of just this the other day. This year will be my first birthday outside of the UK and i have to admit that im looking forward to it more because of that. It will be nice to do something diffrent other then just get drunk with friends in a place that you can go to any weekend or weeknight that you want.

Its not that i dont travel its just that my business gets very busy around my birthday so normaly im around. I dont mind if i stay sober, just nice to do something diffrent :)

14. Posted by Redmundial (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y

Hey Purdy, im guessin your argie dinner was the groucho grill in manchester? Amazing steaks!

As for birthdays abroad, ive pretty much had most of mine abroad. i actually cant remember the last one I had in Belfast. Mine is 13th July which is usually a holiday period when alot of people go away, plus i lived in England for 5 years recently so most have been there.

The most memorable though has to be the exit festival in Serbia last year, woke up at 10am went for 'breakfast' to an illegal drinking den with some of my serbian freinds, apparently only serbs usually go there so it was a bit of an honour to be invited. Then my friends from home sang happy birthday to me on the beach, then we went and raved at the festival all night. I was so wrecked that I twisted my ankle and tore my ligaments in the middle of 25,000 people, while that wasnt good, what was good was my 2 mates carried me to 1st aid got bandaged up, then carried me back up for the rest of the rave, which turned out out be excellent!

Gotta love the great times :)

15. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

Though i don't celebrate my birthday, and go out of the way for people not to discover when it is (one on TP is fake, before you start looking), I've had virtually all of mine away as well, either deliberately, as part of a short trip, whilst on an exchange/short term living abroad or long term travelling. Several have been memorable for different reasons. Two of the more unlikely ones were being marooned in Siberia in the freezing cold with erm, limited supplies, trying to cook a fox for food after we experienced, erm, technical issue, and I've spent one being mostly at gun point after a disagreement with some "security" staff.

One of the few times I kind of celebrated was in Hanoi a couple of years ago, when some people i was with somehow discovered it. We spent the afternoon much to the bemusement of the locals, dressed in green and red having a communist picnic under the statue of Lenin whilst drinking snake wine and home made chilli vodka, and ended up in a jazz club. On my next birthday, i will be on a boat in the middle of fecking nowhere!

16. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Quoting Redmundial

Hey Purdy, im guessin your argie dinner was the groucho grill in manchester? Amazing steaks

Thats it thats the one - the steaks were amazing!!! And the wine wasnt bad either!

Quoting Gelli

On my next birthday, i will be on a boat in the middle of fecking nowhere!

You off visiting Jase then Rich?!!

17. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

Not that I know of, but it's not an impossibility. But next birthday is a long way off, so he'll doubtless be elsewhere by then anyway

18. Posted by cctrav (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

I was in Tenerife for my 15th Birthday, and I'm hopefully going to be away for my birthday this august. I love spending my birthday on holiday, its a bonus.

19. Posted by Falukozi (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y

last year my friend and I ended up on a buss tour in Spain over my 21st birthday. She informed the crew that even tho I had been drinking for years I had never been hungover... lets just say I partied my face off dancing in Barcelona that night and yes... happy birthday hangover the next day... 8 hour bus ride to Madrid... it was a birthday I will never forget as being the best in years!

20. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 8y

First of all, any birthday that ends with an "0"...leave the country! I really don't want to see black balloons, black roses, and least of all, not a casket, ( which my friends have done at their 30th), give me a break...

I LOVED my 40th, dining in the Eiffel Tower, with our German friends...who we could barely communicate with. We tried to communicate in French or Spanish, to no avail. My husband then, ( After the.. "Me Jane, He Tarzan" kind of communication) We at least understood names. Still...as we had no common language to actually relate a birthday, my husband starting humming the ol' "happy Birthday To You....") And they were immediately excited! The husband recited;

"Oh! Ilsa....Ilsa too!"

Come to find out...with this huge language barrier, it was also Ilsa's birthday. We wrote out our names. where we were from, and our ages too. It was just one of those magical, unexpected, things that makes travel so wonderful.

Second most favorable birthday moment was actually not mine, but my son's. On his thirteenth birthday we visited the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. ( I must say, I am so partial to the North Rim.....so much less travelled, a thousand feet higher, and so remotely spectacular). We were perched on the fabulous lodge there, (and being August...during the Monsoons), witnessed lightning bolts BELOW us, down through the canyon! A sight I've never seen before or since. I kind of relate the experience to the Aurora Borrealis...you just have to see it to believe it...nature unfolds and you are there to experience this amazing beauty. Outstanding!

LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~