This past weekend has been fantastic! My host parents planned a surprise birthday party for me with the help of Elena (my Romanian language professor), Jill, and my other colleagues. It was my very first surprise party, and it was definitely a success. I had no idea that my host parents even knew it was my birthday! They invited all of my classmates and professors over for a fun evening of popcorn, homemade pizza, and some kind of whipped-cream fruit cake (it was really tasty!). I received cards, gifts, and a big bouquet of flowers (and I also still had presents left to unwrap from the birthday present/ care-package that my mom had sent the week before!). I had a great time, and I am so thankful and blessed that my parents, my host parents, and my friends went the extra mile to make sure that I had a great birthday while in Romania. =)
One of my favorite and most creative birthday gifts was from my German friend and Romanian language classmate, Ronia. Ronia made me a “Little German Vocabulary Book” to take with me and use while I travel to and spend my week of fall break visiting a friend in Stuttgart, Germany! I am actually leaving in half an hour to begin my journey to Stuttgart! I am incredibly excited for the week of break ahead of me, and I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to travel and see even more places in Europe!
Lookout, Germany! Here I come!