Thursday 7 March 2013


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.