It's my birthday today.
In 2001, I spent my birthday in Agadir in Morocco between a week spent trekking in the Sahara and a week hiking in the Anti-Atlas mountains. We were with our guide, Brahim, and his family. They baked me a cake.
In 2007, I spent my birthday somewhere up above 3,500m in the high Paramo in Ecuador. We were camping, but our guide - Ivan - had smuggled up a bottle of red wine and the cook managed to rustle up some excellent French fries on a camping stove to help me celebrate.
In 2009, I celebrated my birthday by renting a cinema and watching a screening of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with my closest friends whilst drinking excellent champagne.
In 2010, I spent my birthday in a rainy Gympie on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with Deb and Jaimie at Margaritaville. We didn't have a cake, but we had a lovely meal the day before to celebrate Deb's birthday (happy birthday, Deb!) and then had a breakfast straight off the BBQ on the veranda for mine.
2013? Well, I've spent the day learning about the application of business analysis techniques. I have an exam tomorrow, so I've got to spend my evening revising and going over my homework. In addition, as I've got a stinking cold, I'm not drinking (which might just be for the first time on my birthday in decades....)
....but on the plus side, my wife has given me a onesie for my birthday, so I still reckon I'm ahead.
Best. Present. Ever.